McCoy New Colts Head Coach
The San Diego Chargers solved their head coaching problem.They moved Norv Turner out and Tuesday moved the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy in as the new head coach. McCoy had been scheduled to meet with the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday for a second interview about their coaching vacancy but canceled that visit earlier Tuesday. Chargers officials picked up McCoy in Denver on Monday and took him back to San Diego for his interview. McCoy becomes the second Broncos coordinator to take a head coaching job within the AFC West in two seasons. Last offseason, former Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen was named coach of the Raiders (not sure if that is something to brag about though seeing the Raiders were the second worst team in the division and one of the worst teams in football this season, but I’ll save that for another blog). McCoy drew praise for helping the Broncos reach the playoffs last season with a read-option offense run by Tim Tebow, and for that epic victory in San Diego when the Broncos were down 24-0 at the half and came back to win 35-24 (of course this offense was also led by Peyton Manning, so we can’t really give McCoy all the credit). McCoy has been the Broncos’ offensive coordinator since 2009. With the Chargers, McCoy will work with Philip Rivers, who struggled this season, n large part because of a shaky offensive line. Rivers was sacked 49 times and committed 22 turnovers, giving him 47 turnovers in two seasons. Wishing the best for McCoy out in San Diego although one must note that replacing Norv Turner hasn’t been a recipe for job security. In Turner’s two previous head coaching jobs, his replacements have lasted only one season before being fired themselves (Art Shell with the Raiders in 2006 and Marty Schottenheimer with the Redskins in 2001). Hopefully, McCoy won’t be added to the list.
Calvin Johnson and Aaron Rodgers Out for the Pro-Bowl
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will miss the pro bowl. Although I don’t think anything would keep me away from a trip to Hawaii, Rodgers says injuries to “multiple lower extremities” will keep him out of the NFL All Star game later this month. Rodgers was supposed 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. He wouldn’t get into specifics, though he did say injury to his right ankle that landed him on the injury report several times in the second half of the season “has definitely been a problem.” “I’m sorry to the fans, the Green Bay fans that are going to be out there,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers is not the only NFC North superstar staying in the cold instead of enjoying the pacific blue. Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson will also miss the event. The Lions listed Johnson on the team’s final injury report with knee and ankle ailments. The receiver also said earlier in the season he had nerve damage after being hit in the head and neck area early in the season by Minnesota linebacker Chad Greenway Johnson had 122 receptions and broke Jerry Rice’s record for receiving yards in a season with 1,964 while playing through nagging injuries most of the year.. He has been replaced on the NFC roster by Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson. Jackson led the Bucs with career bests of 72 receptions and 1,384 yards after signing with them as a free agent last winter.