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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Chargers Tuesday hired Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy as head coach, replacing the fired Norv Turner.

Turner was let go along with general manager A.J. Smith one day after the team completed its third consecutive non-playoff season. McCoy, 40, will be the 15th head coach in Chargers history.

McCoy interviewed for the job Monday, just two days after the Broncos were eliminated from the NFL playoffs by the Baltimore Ravens, according to Chargers officials.

Chargers President Dean Spanos said at a news conference that it became clear during the interview that McCoy was the best choice among five candidates being considered by the team.

“It was very clear to us that Mike had all the qualities we were looking for in a head coach,” Spanos said. “He has a very structured vision about how to build and coach a team.”

He said the new coach has an innovative mind for offense and maximizing the talents of his players.

McCoy oversaw the Broncos offense for four seasons, adapting an option- oriented attack in 2011 for quarterback Tim Tebow and a passing game this year for veteran quarterback Peyton Manning. He held a variety of assistant coaching jobs for the Carolina Panthers before his stint in Denver.

He called the Chargers job an “opportunity of a lifetime.”

“We’ve got one goal in mind every year, and that’s to win it and be the last team standing up on the podium with a trophy,” McCoy said.

He said tough decisions about the team will have to be made, and that it will take some time.

Considering his background, McCoy said he would hire an offensive coordinator to work under him. He was non-committal about whether defensive coordinator John Pagano would be retained.

He promised to bring changes to team routines like practice and travel schedules, and even the food players eat.

McCoy, who grew up in Novato, in Marin County, was a standout quarterback at the University of Utah.

The Chargers last week hired Tom Telesco, also 40, away from the Indianapolis Colts to replace Smith as general manager.

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Chargers said Tuesday that Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is  the team’s new head coach.

Mike McCoyMcCoy replaces Norv Turner, who was fired along with general manager A.J. Smith one day after the team completed its third consecutive non-playoff season. McCoy, 40, will be the 15th head coach in Chargers history.

McCoy interviewed for the job Monday, just two days after the Broncos were eliminated from the NFL playoffs by the Baltimore Ravens, according to Chargers officials.

McCoy oversaw the Broncos offense for four seasons, adapting an option- oriented attack in 2011 for quarterback Tim Tebow and a passing game this year for veteran quarterback Peyton Manning. He held a variety of assistant coaching jobs for the Carolina Panthers before his stint in Denver.

The native of Novato, in Marin County, was a standout quarterback at the University of Utah.

The Chargers last week hired Tom Telesco, also 40, away from the Indianapolis Colts to replace Smith as general manager.

Tom TelescoSAN DIEGO – Fans seem pretty excited about Chargers new general manager Tom Telesco, but say they want to see results on the field.

Many fans said the new hire is a long time coming.

“Last season we wanted those firings,” said Chargers fan Carlton Jennings. “It’s a year late, but we’ll take it.”

Telesco comes from 15 years with the winning Indianapolis Colts program and fans said they hope he brings that success to San Diego.

“He’s made marvelous decisions on the team,” said Steve Stingl, Chargers fan. “Indianapolis has been a longtime contender against the Chargers and they’ve picked up a lot of good players during that time. If you look at their performances, they’ve been to and won the Super Bowl. That’s somewhere that San Diego is trying to get to.”

Fans recognize Telesco has a lot of work ahead. Top of the agenda is hiring Norv Turner’s replacement.

“First, we need a good head coach,” said Jennings. “Then we need to shore up the offensive line and get Philip Rivers some protection so he stays on his feet.”

With a new G.M. always comes new expectations and fans are already making it clear they eventually want to see a Chargers team that goes all the way.

“Definitely a Super Bowl,” said Manny Carrillo, Chargers fan. “I mean, I would like to see a whole different team be inspired through the coach and GM. Of course bring in new people and succeed.”

For now fans will have to wait patiently until next season to find out if all the changes really make a difference.

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SAN DIEGO — The Chargers announced Wednesday that Tom Telesco has been hired as the team’s general manager, replacing A.J. Smith.

Telesco, who was the vice president of football operations for the Indianapolis Colts, beat out 17-year Chargers employee Jimmy Raye for the job. San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble was also reportedly interviewed.

Telesco, 40, was with the Colts for 15 years, beginning his tenure in Indianapolis as an area scout.

Chargers president Dean Spanos said at a news conference that Telesco is highly respected among his peers, hard-working, honest, humble, engaging and an excellent communicator.

“But most importantly, he knows how to build a winning football team,” Spanos said.

Telesco said he was attracted to the family atmosphere around the organization fostered by Spanos, and a “rabid, passionate fan base” in San Diego.

“Our goal here is to create a culture and a foundation for consistent winning, and we’re going to get there,” Telesco said.

His first duty will be to hire a new head coach. Norv Turner and Smith were let go on Dec. 31, following a 7-9 season for the Chargers that was marked by a significant drop in attendance.

He said he will look for a teacher, communicator and leader for the job, and doesn’t care whether he has head coaching experience or comes from an offensive or defensive background.

He also said he has not discussed the open position with Bruce Arians, the Colts offensive coordinator who filled in while head coach Chuck Pagano was treated for cancer in the fall. Arians was reportedly a leading candidate for the Chargers coaching job even before Telesco was hired.

Pagano’s brother, John, was the Chargers defensive coordinator in 2012.

SAN DIEGO – The Chargers began to clean house Monday with announcing the firing of Coach Norv Turner and General Manager A.J. Smith, according to the team officials.

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Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner, General Manager AJ Smith

The announcement was made by team president Dean Spanos in a statement issued on the Chargers’ official website and Twitter.

“I thank A.J. and Norv for the determination and integrity they brought to the Chargers each and every day,” Spanos said. “Both Norv and A.J. are consummate NFL professionals, and they understand that in this league, the bottom-line is winning.”

The team ended their 2012 season Sunday with a 7-9 record, missing the playoffs for the third season in a row.

“My only goal is the Super Bowl, and that is why I have decided to move in a new direction with both our head coach and general manager positions,” Spanos said. “I am committed to our great fans, and we will do whatever we possibly can to achieve that goal.”

The Chargers announced the team has retained former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf as a consultant and would begin a hunt for successors for Turner and Smith immediately. The Chargers plan to ask teams that made the playoffs for permission to speak with their employees.

The names of several NFL and college coaches have been bandied about over the past few weeks as possibly coming to San Diego. A statement by the team said no comments will be made on potential candidates.

Spanos, Wolf, longtime Chargers executive Ed McGuire and Spanos’ son John Spanos will make up a search committee that will have a goal of hiring a new general manager first — though they said they intend to remain flexible on that point, according to the team.

After six years, Turner leaves the Chargers with the highest winning percentage in the team history.  During his reign has the head coach, the team won three AFC West titles and two second place finishes.

According to the team’s website, Turner tied former head coaches Don Coryell and Bobby Ross for the most playoff wins in team history with three.  He was USA Today’s NFL Coach of the Year in 2009.

Smith was named the general manager of the Chargers in April 2003 and took the team to five AFC West championships. Before he took over as GM, the team did not have a winning record for seven consecutive seasons.

The team will owe Smith $4 million for the remaining two years of his deal and Turner $3 million for his one remaining season.

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Norv Turner walks into Chargers Park day after team finishes 2012 season.

SAN DIEGO – Chargers coach Norv Turner told reporters Sunday after defeating the Oakland Raiders that he plans to meet with the team Monday and was expecting the team to start looking for a new head coach.

During the post-Raiders game press conference Sunday, a reporter asked Turner if that game was his last with the Chargers.  He responded by saying the team would most likely start looking for his replacement soon.

“Obviously, we’re going to meet with the team and I’m sure they’ll start looking for a new coach,” said Turner.

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Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner said he’ll meet with team owners Monday “then I’m sure they will start looking for a new coach.”

The team ended their 2012 season Sunday with a 7-9 record, missing the playoffs for the third season in a row.

Rumors of Turner and the team’s general manager A.J. Smith’s firing sparked in early December when a Union Tribune sports reporter published an article stating team owner Dean Spanos had already decided on their fate in November, but was waiting to make the move until the end of the season.

Spanos quickly denied that U-T report by releasing this statement:

“There is only one person in this organization who will make those decisions and that’s me, and I haven’t shared my thoughts with anyone,” the statement reads. “I will make my evaluations at the end of the season.  Anything coming out now – from sources or otherwise – is pure speculation.”

If the team does let both men go, they owe Smith $4 million for the remaining two years of his deal and Turner $3 million for his one remaining season.

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