Tuesday, January 15, 2013
McCoy's next steps in S.D.
By Tim Kavanagh
For the second straight offseason, the Denver Broncos saw one of the coordinators from John Fox's staff leave for a head-coaching position elsewhere in the AFC West. Last offseason, it was Dennis Allen joining the Oakland Raiders; this offseason, it's Mike McCoy taking over in San Diego. With McCoy's hire by the Chargers, it has set some dominoes in motion elsewhere -- the other teams with HC vacancies must now move on to other options -- and there are some after-effects in San Diego to consider as well.
Aside from being fitted with some cool gear emblazoned with team logos for wear during practices and games, McCoy's next steps include securing the rest of his coaching staff. In all likelihood, he's got some candidates in mind and will now go about trying to lure them to Southern California. But he may also consider retaining some of the incumbent staff as well.
Perhaps the biggest call he'll make -- as a coach with an offensive background -- is what to do at DC. Current Chargers DC John Pagano led an improved unit on that side of the ball in 2012, and McCoy may want to keep him around to ensure some continuity. If he elects to go another direction, Pagano has already been mentioned as a potential hire by the Rob Chudzinski administration in Cleveland.
Connecting some dots here, current Packers D-line coach Mike Trgovac may be under consideration should McCoy make a switch. Trgovac served as Panthers DC during the time McCoy was also with Carolina on John Fox's staff. With a possible shakeup of the defensive coaches in Green Bay, he could become available in the near future.