Former Denver coaches unite in San Diego

Mike McCoy doesn’t blame Ron Milus for the Denver Broncos’ breakdown against Baltimore in the AFC divisional playoff game. McCoy, the new head coach in San Diego, has hired Milus as his new secondary coach, according to U-T San Diego.

McCoy and Milus worked together in Denver. Milus’ contract was not extended a few days after Denver safety Rahim Moore inexplicably allowed Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones to get behind him on a 70-yard Ravens’ pass play that allowed Baltimore to tie Denver in the final seconds of regulation in the Ravens’ win Jan. 12.

The Broncos have maintained that Milus would likely not have been brought back anyway. McCoy didn’t keep San Diego defensive backs coach Ron Meeks.

In other AFC West news:

Peyton Manning asked his Pro Bowl teammates to give an honest effort Sunday to help save the game. Last season, many players noticeably gave a lacking effort in the game. Manning has long talked about the honor in being a Pro Bowler and the importance of playing in the game. His speech doesn’t shock me.

Former Raiders’ linebacker Rod Martin is part of a great ESPN.com piece on the Lost Heroes of the Super Bowl.