Chargers president/CEO Dean Spanos (left) and GM Tom Tolesco (right) introduce Mike McCoy (middle) as the new head coach.
The 2013 football season will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1963 San Diego Chargers, the first and only championship team in franchise history. It will also be the donning of a new era.
After missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season, the Chargers decided it was time for a change. Head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith were relieved of their duties and the search for their replacements began.
On January 9th, the Chargers introduced Tom Telesco as the new general manager. Telesco, 40, became the youngest GM in franchise history. He spent 15 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts as a scout, director of player personnel, and vice president of football operations. During his run, the Colts finished nine consecutive seasons (2002-2010) with a winning record and appeared in two Super Bowls, including a win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.
The first order of business for Telesco was helping the Chargers find their new head coach. After several interviews with worthy candidates, the man for the job turned out to be Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
This will be McCoy’s first stint as a head coach after spending 14 seasons as an assistant for the Broncos and Carolina Panthers. Since joining the Broncos staff in 2009, he helped the team win two AFC West titles (2011 & 2012), lead the NFL in rushing (2011), and rank top five in total offense, passing, and scoring offense (2012).
While Telesco and McCoy built solid resumes during their NFL careers, will their experience be enough to bring a long awaited Super Bowl win to San Diego?