Chargers hire Broncos' McCoy
NFL notes • Ex-Ute quarterback takes over in San Diego.
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Mike McCoy's interview with San Diego went so well that both sides felt he was a perfect fit to become the Chargers' new coach.

McCoy had one thing to do, though, before accepting the Chargers' offer, so it was a good thing Chargers President Dean Spanos' private plane was at his disposal.

"There was no doubt in my mind when I got back on that plane to go back home," said McCoy, the former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator who was introduced Tuesday as Chargers' new coach. "They wanted to keep me here last night. But I said, 'I've got to talk to my wife about this before. If I made the decision without talking to my wife, I might get in a little trouble.' "

So the former University of Utah quarterback flew back to Denver to talk it over with wife Kellie. McCoy, his wife and their two children were back on the same plane Tuesday morning, flying back to San Diego to take the job.

"Without a doubt we knew this was the place we wanted to be," said McCoy, who signed a four-year contract.

McCoy replaces Norv Turner, who was fired along with general manager A.J. Smith after the Chargers finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

The move comes three days after the top-seeded Broncos were eliminated from the playoffs in a double-overtime home loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

The 40-year-old McCoy is the same age as Tom Telesco, who was hired as general manager last week. He interviewed after the Chargers already had talked to Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, fired head coaches Lovie Smith and Ken Whisenhunt, and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.

"Once he came in and once we saw how good he was, we just felt we had to have him now," Telesco said of McCoy. "We had to get it done or we'd lose him."

Around the league

Packers • Quarterback Aaron Rodgers says injuries to "multiple lower extremities" will keep him out of the Pro Bowl later this month. Rodgers was to be the NFC's starting quarterback. But the reigning NFL MVP said on his weekly radio show on Milwaukee's ESPN 540 AM on Tuesday that he didn't pass his year-end physical.

Broncos • Offensive tackle Ryan Clady has withdrawn from the Pro Bowl because of an injury, presumably a balky shoulder that has bothered him. Clady will be replaced by Cincinnati's Andrew Whitworth.

Titans • Police in Jersey City, N.J., say they've been trying to contact Tennessee wide receiver and former Rutgers star Kenny Britt to question him about an incident Sunday in which he allegedly drove a friend to the hospital after the man had been stabbed at a party in which someone fired a gun through a first floor window.

Buccaneers • Tampa Bay receiver Vincent Jackson has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl, replacing Detroit's Calvin Johnson, who broke the NFL's single- season record for reception yards in 2012, but has knee and ankle ailments.

Eagles • Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley arrived in Philadelphia on Tuesday for his second interview with the Eagles, suggesting the nearly three-week search to replace Andy Reid could be nearing an end. He's the first of the 11 known candidates interviewed by Philadelphia to get a second meeting.

Cardinals • Arizona has reportedly set up an interview with Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, the man who provided the game plan that led to the Seahawks' 58-0 victory over Arizona.

Browns • An electric utility, Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp., bought the naming rights to Cleveland's stadium, which will be known as FirstEnergy Stadium. Financial terms of the long-term deal weren't disclosed.

Panthers • Quarterback Cam Newton is enrolled at Auburn for spring semester. Auburn spokesman Kirk Sampson said Newton is taking classes toward a sociology degree.

Lions • Long snapper Don Muhlbach has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl team. Muhlbach becomes the first Lions specialist to make the Pro Bowl without kicking, punting or returning. —

Playoffs schedule

Sunday

• San Francisco at Atlanta, 1 p.m., Ch. 13

• Baltimore at New England, 4:30 p.m., Ch. 2