According to Adam Schefter, Mike McCoy has notified the Broncos that he will become the next head coach of the San Diego Chargers.
Following the departure of Dennis Allen to Oakland twelve months ago, this is the second straight January in which a Broncos coordinator has left to head up an AFCW rival.
Jason La Canfora reports that former Cardinals HC Ken Whisenhunt would be the leading candidate to replace McCoy in Denver, assuming that he himself doesn't land one of the vacant head jobs.
Mike Klis suggests that John Fox may look to current QB coach Adam Gase and former longtime Indy coordinator Tom Moore to fill McCoy's shoes. Moore had visited Dove Valley during a minicamp last June, but the team strangely wiped a photo of his stopover from the official site.
McCoy had also interviewed with the Eagles, Bears, and Cardinals, and had been scheduled to meet with the Bills until they went with Doug Marrone. Whisenhunt was also a contender for the Buffalo job.
According to Kevin Acee, San Diego was set on hiring a head coach this week, and would not have waited to interview McCoy had the Broncos beaten Baltimore. Meanwhile, La Canfora says Bengals OC Jay Gruden might move atop Arizona's wish list.
Whisenhunt interviewed for the Eagles head job on Monday, two days after he auditioned for the Chargers gig. He had reportedly been the frontrunner for the Browns job last week, prior to their selection of Rob Chudzinski, but apparently bristled at the possibility of not being able to handpick his own staff.
According to La Canfora, Whisenhunt's personal relationship with Peyton Manning would contribute to a potential decision to hire him. That friendship had prompted many to think Arizona would land Manning last March.
Whisenhunt, who was the Cardinals coach from 2007 to 2012, and ran the Pittsburgh offense from 2004-06 (including to a Super Bowl title in 2005), has never worked with Manning in a professional capacity. His playing career spanned nine years as a tight end with Atlanta, Washington, and the Jets.
The Georgia Tech alum began his coaching career with Vanderbilt, where he worked with special teams and tight ends. With Baltimore, the Jets, and Pittsburgh from 1997 to 2003, he coached tight ends, with an intervening year as the Browns special teams coach in 1999.
McCoy will be working with new GM Tom Telesco, who was hired last week by San Diego after he spent 15 years in the Colts organization, most recently as their VP of football operations.
Updated 11:17am ET