Chargers promote OC from within

The San Diego Chargers announced they have promoted offensive line coach Hal Hunter to offensive coordinator. He will still coach the offensive line. His promotion had been expected since former offensive coordinator Clarence Shelmon decided not to coach in 2012.

Hunter will assist coach Norv Turner. He runs the offense and calls the plays. Still, Turner is pleased to have Hunter’s help.

“Hal has been an important part of our offense since I’ve been here,” Turner said in a release. “He has a complete understanding of what we want to do in the run and the pass.”

Also, San Diego hired Steve Fairchild as senior offensive assistant/special assignments coach. He was recently fired as the head coach at Colorado State.

In other AFC West news:

San Diego kicker Nate Kaeding is confident he will be able to come back in 2012 after suffering a torn ACL in Week 1 last season.

Denver quarterback Tim Tebow calls the team’s decision to stick with him in 2012 is “nice.”

The Broncos are not bringing back strength coach Rick Tuten after 17 years with the team.

UDPATE: The San Diego Union Tribune is reporting that former Carolina secondary coach Ron Meeks is interviewing for the same job in San Diego.

The Denver Post is reporting that Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie will interview Broncos’ assistants Mike McCoy and Dennis Allen in Denver on Wednesday.