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NFL roundup: Chargers hire McCoy; Bears bring back three candidates

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One NFL team has made a head coaching hire while two others are still talking to multiple candidates.

San Diego Chargers first-year general manager Tom Telesco selected Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy as his next head coach on Tuesday.

McCoy, 40, edged out Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, among others, to be named the 15th head coach San Diego franchise history.

The Chargers didn't interview Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians; he was scheduled to sit down with Telesco on Wednesday.

"A week ago, I talked about what we're looking for in a head coach," Telesco said. "We're looking for a leader of men, a teacher who can communicate with players from all different ages and backgrounds, and a coach who can motivate his players to play their best at the most critical times. Mike McCoy can accomplish those goals. He's going to build a team culture and do it with passion on and off the field. It was very clear he was the one we wanted to lead the San Diego Chargers in a new era."

In Chicago, the Bears will speak again with three candidates for their head-coaching job, ESPN.com reported.

The Bears are interviewing for a second time Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.

And in Philadelphia, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was scheduled to have a second interview with the Philadelphia Eagles for the Eagles' head-coaching vacancy, NFL.com reported.

There had been rumors that Bradley had already accepted an offer to be the Eagles head coach, and he appears to be the front-runner, but no deal is imminent, according to the NFL.com report.

---New coach Andy Reid will call plays for the Kansas City offense next year and that the Chiefs will use a 3-4 defense.

Reid said at a news conference that he'll stick with the 3-4 base defense the Chiefs used previously, The Kansas City Star reported. When Reid was head coach in Philadelphia, the Eagles relied primarily on a 4-3 defense.

The Chiefs recently hired Bob Sutton as defensive coordinator and Doug Pederson as offensive coordinator. Pederson was the Philadelphia's quarterback coach when Reid coached the Eagles.

Reid also confirmed reports that former New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano interviewed for the Chiefs' offensive-line job.

---The four NFL playoff games over the weekend each drew more than 30 million television viewers, and were the four most-watched TV programs for the week of Jan. 7-13. All four games drew a larger TV audience than Monday's BCS national championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama.

Sunday's NFL playoff game between the New England Patriots and Houston Texans on CBS drew the largest audience - 37.7 million. Saturday night's Baltimore Ravens game against the Denver Broncos on CBS drew 35.3 million viewers, and the Sunday game on FOX between the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons drew 32.1 million viewers. Saturday's game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers on FOX had 30.9 million viewers.

The fifth-most watched program of the week was the BCS Championship Game on ESPN, which drew 26.4 million viewers.

---NFL Players' Association executive director DeMaurice Smith wants to look at the league's process to determine whether NFL fields are safe for play.

The condition of FedEx Field's grass turf in Washington's wild-card playoff game against Seattle was called into question after Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III reinjured a knee that required reconstructive surgery. Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons also sustained a non-contact ACL injury in the game.

The NFLPA has requested the certification report of FedEx Field, which was done 72 hours before the Jan. 6 game.

--The Cleveland Browns and FirstEnergy Corp. announced a long-term partnership in which the team's venue will be called FirstEnergy Stadium.

Since it was completed in 1999, the Browns home field has been known as Cleveland Browns Stadium. Terms of the naming-rights agreement were not disclosed.

---Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will not participate in the Pro Bowl later this month.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson has been named to replace Johnson, who has an injury.

Also, Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth has been added to the AFC squad for the Pro Bowl, which will be played on Jan. 27 in Honolulu, as an injury replacement for Denver's Ryan Clady.

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