Rested Cardinals face daunting trip to Kansas City
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — When the season started for the Arizona Cardinals, Sam Bradford was the quarterback and Mike McCoy was offensive coordinator.
Now both are gone.
On Saturday, while the team was enjoying a long weekend off, the Cardinals released Bradford, who lost his starting job after three games to rookie Josh Rosen and had been inactive for the last five. Bradford's departure came a little less than two weeks after McCoy was fired and replaced by quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich.
49ers, Cardinals match ugly 1-6 records in NFC West game
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — One thing for certain about Sunday's game between the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals: No team in the NFL will have a worse record than the team that loses this one.
The 49ers and Cardinals stagger into the game at 1-6. San Francisco has lost five in a row since its lone win of the season, a victory over Detroit on Sept. 16, back before quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo went down with a season-ending knee injury.
Arizona's lone win came at San Francisco on Oct. 7.
Friday’s Sports in Brief
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jesus Aguilar and the Milwaukee Brewers forced the NL Championship Series to Game 7, bolting to a big lead and handing it to their dominant bullpen in a 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
Aguilar hit a two-run double in the Brewers' four-run first inning against Hyun-Jin Ryu and added a late RBI single that helped the Brewers even the matchup at three games each.
Cardinals offensive coordinator gone after blowout loss
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy a day after the team was blown out at home by the Denver Broncos on national television.
First-year head coach Steve Wilks said Friday that quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich will take over the job for a club that is 1-6, the worst record in the league.
Heat is on McCoy again as Cardinals prepare for Broncos
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The heat must feel familiar to Mike McCoy.
Eleven months after he was fired as offensive coordinator in Denver, McCoy is on shaky ground as offensive coordinator of the punchless Arizona Cardinals.
First-year head coach Steve Wilks said Monday that everyone's job, including his, will be on the line if the team doesn't start winning.
But the target seems biggest on McCoy, since the Cardinals (1-5) rank last or next to last in the NFL in just about every offensive category.
Wilks zeros in on offense as Arizona drops to 1-5
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals coach Steve Wilks had a blunt answer when asked if offensive coordinator Mike McCoy's job is in jeopardy.
"I would say all our jobs are in jeopardy," Wilks said, "including mine if we don't win."
Such is the mood of the first-year coach and his staff after the team's 27-17 loss at Minnesota dropped the Cardinals to 1-5 for the season.
Now Arizona faces a quick turnaround to host the Denver Broncos, another struggling team at 2-4, on Thursday night.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is building the Arizona Cardinals' offense from scratch and, big surprise, David Johnson is figuring prominently in his plays.
"David's a special back," McCoy said after the Cardinals practiced in pads in muggy weather outdoors on Tuesday.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have signed fullback Derrick Coleman to a one-year contract.
Coleman is the first deaf player on offense to play in the NFL and he has spent four seasons in the league. He has played in 47 games since joining the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted rookie free agent out of UCLA.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — David Johnson is back and, he says, better than ever.
The Arizona Cardinals running back, an All-Pro in 2016, missed last season after dislocating his left wrist in the season opener. The wrist is healed and he is a full participant in the team's weight and conditioning program that began this week.
Cardinals look to shore up QB spot in free agency
PHOENIX (AP) — With a quarterback or two finally on the way, the Arizona Cardinals were acting quickly to shore up their lineup with some early free agency moves.
A person familiar with the situation said quarterback Sam Bradford had agreed to a one-year contract worth up to $20 million, with a second year at the club's option. The person requested anonymity because the signing had not been announced.
Cardinals OC McCoy ready to adjust at QB, has talked to Fitz
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — New Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said he will adjust his system to the abilities of whoever winds up being the team's quarterback.
He also said he has reached out to Larry Fitzgerald and talked to the wide receiver — who ranks third all-time in NFL receptions — about the offense McCoy will bring.
Cardinals hire McCoy as offensive coordinator, Holcomb as DC
PHOENIX (AP) — Former San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy has been hired as offensive coordinator at Arizona and Al Holcomb is following new Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks from Carolina to be defensive coordinator.
The Cardinals also hired Jeff Rodgers as special teams coordinator. The three hires were announced Friday, just four days after Wilks was hired to replace Bruce Arians, who retired after a franchise-record 50 victories in his five seasons in the desert.
Bills fire offensive coordinator Rick Dennison
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills fired offensive coordinator Rick Dennison after the team finished 29th in offense this season.
The team announced the move on Friday. Their running attack fell to sixth after leading the league the past two seasons.
Broncos end 8-game skid with 23-0 win over Jets
DENVER (AP) — This was the way the Denver Broncos thought they'd play against that other New York team all those months ago.
"This is the kind of game we expected to play against everyone, not just New York," Shane Ray said after the Broncos snapped their longest losing streak since joining the NFL in 1970 with a 23-0 shutout of the Jets on Sunday. "Everybody that we play, we should beat them like this. Period. We just haven't been able to find that formula."
Broncos coach mulling a change at quarterback
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Vance Joseph is either going to simplify his offense for Trevor Siemian or send him to the bench in favor of Brock Osweiler.
Joseph complained that Siemian made "three horrific decisions" on "three horrible interceptions" in the Broncos' 29-19 loss at Kansas City on Monday night, wasting another dominant defensive effort and negating any gains made by the offense.
Los Angeles Chargers training camp capsule
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-11)
OPEN CAMP: July 30, Jack Hammett Sports Complex, Costa Mesa, California.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has a little extra spring in his step in these offseason workouts.
That's what a healthy hip will do. Same with having back his old offensive coordinator, Mike McCoy, who will feature a more uptempo, receiver-friendly style in his second go-around with the Denver Broncos.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Demaryius Thomas is smiling again. The pain in his left hip is gone. Mike McCoy is here again.
Thomas expects these two developments to help him have a resurgent 2017 season and fulfill new coach Vance Joseph's plea to be a more consistent leader.
Thomas hobbled through much of last season with a painful hip injury but still managed his fifth consecutive 90-catch, 1,000-yard season.
Chargers set to hire Gus Bradley as defensive coordinator
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers intend to hire former Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley as their defensive coordinator, the club confirmed Saturday.
Broncos hire Davidson to lead O-line’s revival
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The man charged with fixing the Denver Broncos' biggest bugaboo is new offensive line coach Jeff Davidson.
He was hired by new coach Vance Joseph on Saturday, following former Chargers coach Mike McCoy to Denver. McCoy was Joseph's first hire, replacing Rick Dennison as offensive coordinator.
Joseph begins overhauling Broncos coaching staff
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Not even a year ago they were riding firetrucks through downtown Denver with the players to celebrate their Super Bowl victory. Now, the Broncos' coaching staff is undergoing a major overhaul.
New coach Vance Joseph hired Mike McCoy as his offensive coordinator and Bill Musgrave as his quarterbacks coach on Friday. The defending champs will also be getting new defensive and special teams coordinators.
Chargers ponder LA move while hiring a new coach
SAN DIEGO (AP) — As the Chargers' brain trust wades into the search for the replacement for fired coach Mike McCoy, they won't be able to tell early interviewees whether the team will be playing In San Diego or Los Angeles next season.
Heck, the players would like to know, too, especially the ones who own homes and have kids in school.
Kelly, McCoy, Baalke latest to feel the NFL ax
Bono and the guys in U2 are big football fans, as in soccer.
So when they sang about "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "New Year's Day," they had no intention of describing the end of the 2016 NFL season.
Yet, the firings of Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke in San Francisco, Mike McCoy in San Diego, and the resignation of Gary Kubiak for health reasons in Denver certainly rang true to those rock classics.
Chargers fire coach Mike McCoy after 2nd last-place finish
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers fired Mike McCoy following a second straight last-place finish in the AFC West and a third straight season out of the playoffs.
The team announced McCoy's firing about an hour after the Chargers lost 37-27 to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
McCoy had said in a postgame news conference he hoped to be back next year. He won't get that chance.
McCoy remains upbeat with reeling Chargers
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mike McCoy remained the Chargers coach on Monday, despite losing to the winless Cleveland Browns.
The embattled McCoy survived for at least another week after a 20-17 road loss on Saturday.
Asked if he expected to return next Monday after Sunday's season finale against the visiting Chiefs, McCoy's reply was short.
"Yes," he said.
But McCoy knows what everyone else does: NFL coaches are judged on wins and losses, and on that count, the Chargers are 9-23 in their last 32 games.
Chargers suffer toughest loss yet, 20-17 to lowly Browns
CLEVELAND (AP) — Joey Bosa refused to talk, spinning out of the locker room and stomping down the corridor toward San Diego's team bus.
He was disgusted. He wasn't alone.
The Chargers had played poorly enough to lose to the NFL's only winless team, and a season of close losses has one that maybe stings a little more than the others.
Amid uncertainty, Chargers coach McCoy tries to look forward
SAN DIEGO (AP) — While speculation swirls about what might lie ahead for the Chargers and their head coach, Mike McCoy said Monday that he was more focused on the near future.
"We got to worry about going on the road and playing Cleveland," he said. "That is my No. 1 concern right now."
It has been a long season for the San Diego Chargers. The team has struggled on the field, compiling a disappointing 5-8 mark that leaves them out of the playoffs again.
Coach Mike McCoy is likely to be axed at season’s end, and, after San Diego voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal for a downtown stadium, the team itself may be headed out of town.
Chargers’ Gordon, Bosa day to day after injuries
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The reeling Chargers might have caught a break with running back Melvin Gordon and defensive end Joey Bosa.
Gordon exited Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers on a cart with a hip injury after getting hurt wrestling for a loose ball in the second quarter. Bosa also left in the second quarter after he rammed his head into Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on a sack.
Chargers future even more cloudy following latest loss
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The future has gone from bleak to bleaker for the San Diego Chargers.
The Chargers (5-8) came into Carolina looking to keep alive their slim playoff hopes, but instead their franchise quarterback Philip Rivers committed five turnovers and was sacked five times in a 28-16 loss to a Carolina Panthers team that had just been thoroughly whipped 40-7 by the Seattle Seahawks the week before.
Coach Mike McCoy called it "a poor performance by our team."
Chargers, Panthers hope 4th quarter struggles behind them
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There's potential for the fourth quarter of Sunday's game between the San Diego Chargers and Carolina Panthers to be a wild one.
That's because neither team has particularly shown a penchant for finishing games this season.
Panthers struggling run defense looks to shut down Gordon
SAN DIEGO (5-7) at CAROLINA (4-8)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE — Panthers by 1 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD — San Diego 7-5, Carolina 3-8-1
SERIES RECORD —Panthers lead 4-1
LAST MEETING —Panthers beat Chargers 31-10, Dec. 16, 2012
LAST WEEK — Chargers lost to Buccaneers 28-21; Panthers lost to Seahawks 40-7
AP PRO32 RANKING — Chargers No. 22, Panthers No. 26
CHARGERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (10), RUSH (21), PASS (6).
CHARGERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (19), RUSH (3), PASS (27).
Chargers coach Mike McCoy clear about wanting to return
SAN DIEGO (AP) — While sifting through the aftermath of another loss, Chargers coach Mike McCoy made something clear: he wants to return next season.
"Yes I do," McCoy said Monday, "without a doubt."
When asked if he had been approached about an extension, McCoy declined to elaborate.
The Way We See It: After Week 10, which head coaches are safe and who may be on the hot seat?
Coaches On The Bubble Six Weeks Ago . . .
Coming out of Week Four of the 2016 NFL season, we had real reasons to believe that head coaches Chuck Pagano of the Colts (1-3), Gus Bradley (1-3) of the Jaguars, Jim Caldwell of the Lions (1-3) and Mike McCoy of the Chargers were unlikely to survive in their jobs for more than another week or three.
Correction: Coaches-Hot Seat story
In a story Nov. 8 about NFL coaches whose jobs are at risk, The Associated Press erroneously reported the Los Angeles Rams' record and the number of times Mike McCoy led the San Diego Chargers to the playoffs in his first two seasons. The Rams are 3-5, not 3-6. McCoy led the Chargers to the playoffs once, not twice.
A corrected version of the story is below:
NFL Halfway: Jags' Gus Bradley could be first coach to go
Gordon, defense lead Chargers over Mariota, Titans, 43-35
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Melvin Gordon ran and ran and ran some more for the San Diego Chargers, not stopping until he'd gotten a career-high 196 yards.
His 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the go-ahead score in the San Diego Charges' 43-35 victory Sunday against Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans, who still haven't won in San Diego since 1990.
Not handing ball to Gordon big mistake for Chargers’ McCoy
DENVER (AP) — Mike McCoy refused to second-guess himself for not putting the ball in Melvin Gordon's hands on four snaps from the Denver 2 in one of the worst decisions in Week 8.
We'll do the second-guessing for him.
Gordon leads the league with 10 touchdowns. He was the first running back to top 100 yards against Denver this season. He averaged 4.8 yards a carry.
Chargers and Broncos meet up for second time in 18 days
DENVER (AP) — How so much can change in such little time.
The Broncos and Chargers aren't exactly the same teams that met in San Diego on Oct. 13 when Denver's 15-game divisional road winning streak skidded to a halt in a 21-13 loss that snapped the Chargers out of a 10-game AFC West funk.
Following with a win at Atlanta, the Chargers (3-4) have gone from stagger to swagger, saving coach Mike McCoy's hide and earning the chance to make the season's second half much more meaningful.
Chargers lost Reid to knee injury in OT win at Atlanta
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chargers coach Mike McCoy says defensive end Caraun Reid tore the ACL in his left knee in Sunday's 33-30 overtime victory at Atlanta and will miss the rest of the season.
McCoy also said Monday that rookie tight end Hunter Henry and cornerback Craig Mager suffered concussions.
The Chargers rallied from a 17-point deficit to force overtime before winning on Josh Lambo's 42-yard field goal.
Rivers, Chargers, ease some pain by beating Broncos 21-13
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers eased a lot of pain with their 21-13 victory over the Denver Broncos.
Philip Rivers threw for 178 yards and one touchdown, passing Hall of Famer Dan Fouts to become San Diego's career passing leader, and the Chargers held off the Broncos.
Rivers leads Chargers to 21-13 victory against Broncos
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Music blared louder than normal in the San Diego Chargers' locker room, and there was a sense of relief Thursday night after a victory over the Denver Broncos.
The Chargers had actually finished.
Philip Rivers threw for 178 yards and one touchdown, passing Hall of Famer Dan Fouts to become San Diego's career passing leader, and the Chargers held off the Broncos 21-13.
Chargers’ McCoy says his focus is on Broncos, not job status
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers keep finding new ways to lose, which keeps alive the uncertainty surrounding coach Mike McCoy's job status.
On Sunday, rookie Drew Kaser botched the hold for a potential game-tying field goal late in a 34-31 loss at Oakland that dropped the Bolts to 1-4.
It was the 10th straight AFC West loss dating to 2014 by the Chargers, who host defending Super Bowl champion Denver on Thursday night.
McCoy says his job is safe despite another Chargers collapse
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Coach Mike McCoy still doesn't have any real answers for why his San Diego Chargers keep blowing big leads late in games.
He does know the answer to a question that's on the minds of a lot of angry fans.
Asked Monday if he thought his job is in jeopardy, he said: "No. I'm coaching my tail off every day and I'm the head coach."
And the Chargers are 1-3, thanks to their latest pratfall.
Hamstring injury to sideline Chargers rookie Bosa again
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Chargers rookie Joey Bosa has been ruled out of his fourth straight game due to a hamstring injury.
Bosa missed all of training camp during a nasty contract dispute and then hurt himself after he signed.
Also out for Sunday's home game against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints is cornerback Brandon Flowers, who has a concussion.
Joey Bosa practices in pads for 1st time with Chargers
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Joey Bosa practiced in pads for the first time with the San Diego Chargers on Wednesday, although he was limited in his work.
"It was awesome," said Bosa, the defensive end who missed all of training camp during a nasty contract spat. "I haven't had my pads on since the Fiesta Bowl, so it's been awhile. It feels great to be out there."
Now the big question — when will the first-round draft pick make his NFL debut?
Chargers RB Woodhead to miss rest of season with torn ACL
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Versatile running back Danny Woodhead went on season-ending injured reserve Monday with a torn ACL in his right knee, the second San Diego Chargers playmaker to be lost in as many weeks.
Woodhead was hurt when he was tackled after a catch in the first quarter of a 38-14 victory against Jacksonville on Sunday.
Woodhead also missed most of the 2014 season with a broken ankle.
Chargers look to bounce back from opening day debacle
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Keenan Allen is gone for the season, there's a stadium ballot measure that faces almost impossible odds and the San Diego Chargers have to quickly move past a stunning overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
So the sense of urgency is already dialed up for the Chargers, who play their home opener Sunday against Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars in a matchup of 0-1 teams.
Bolts’ Bosa misses practice again, unlikely to play Sunday
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Joey Bosa missed Wednesday's padded practice, increasing the likelihood that he'll miss the San Diego Chargers' home opener against Jacksonville on Sunday.
Bosa is slowed by a hamstring injury and still hasn't gone through a padded practice with the Chargers, who took him with the No. 3 pick overall in the draft.
He missed all of training camp due to a nasty holdout. He sat out Sunday's stunning overtime loss at Kansas City due to the injury.
Chargers put Allen on IR, activate Bosa day after big loss
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Keenan Allen was placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Rookie Joey Bosa was activated, with no real target date for when he'll make his NFL debut.
And coach Mike McCoy had no real answers — or at least ones he wanted to make public — about why the San Diego Chargers collapsed in a 33-27 overtime loss at Kansas City on Sunday.