McCoy was the Stampeders’ backup quarterback to Dave Dickenson in the 1999 season, and completed 117 passes in 183 attempts for 1669 yards, ten touchdowns and two interceptions. The Stampeders lost to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 32-21 in the 1999 Grey Cup.
That would also be McCoy’s final season as a quarterback, as he went on to be an assistant coach for the next 12 seasons, nine in Carolina and three in Denver.
McCoy was chosen over Steve Mariucci, who according to NBC Sports, was considered for the job.
McCoy becomes the fourth new head coach since the end of the regular season, joining Andy Reid in Kansas City, Doug Marrone in Buffalo and former Carolina Panthers offensive co-ordinator Rob Chudzinski, who was hired as the next head coach for the Cleveland Browns.
One advantage is that McCoy should know the AFC West well for his time in Denver. The Chargers missed the playoffs at 7-9 in 2012.