Coaching Buzz: Getting To Know Mike McCoy

On last night’s Birds 24/7 Radio show (podcast links here!), Tim and I discussed several potential candidates to replace Andy Reid as the Eagles’ next head coach.

One name we both agreed is worth keeping an eye on is Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

McCoy has spent four seasons in Denver, and what makes him attractive is he’s had to adapt his offense to various personnel. It is Peyton Manning this year – every coordinator’s dream. But it was Tim Tebow in 2011 and Kyle Orton before that.

Considering injuries, free agency, players aging and so on, the ability to adapt to different personnel is a key quality in a head coach.

“We’re firm believers here that you have to adjust to who you have,” McCoy told Andrew Mason of the Sporting News.

Prior to working with the Broncos, McCoy spent nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers as an offensive assistant. He was the quarterbacks coach for the team that reached the Super Bowl in 2003 and also the team that reached the NFC championship in 2005. Jake Delhomme made the Pro Bowl under McCoy’s tutelage.

McCoy, 40, has spent 13 years in the league but has only been with two organizations. He interviewed with the Dolphins for their head-coaching job last year and also drew interest from the Raiders and Jaguars.

Jeffrey Lurie should be at least somewhat familiar with McCoy. He spent training camp with the Eagles as a player back in 1998. McCoy also apparently has some characteristics that Lurie appreciates with his current coach, Andy Reid. From the Sporting News:

Those sentiments are echoed around the Broncos’ locker room for an assistant coach who keeps his emotions in check, doesn’t use public statements to cut down his players and displays a placid, but palpable, authority over the offense, which John Fox has entrusted to him.

“I think Mike has done an outstanding job,” Fox said. “He did an outstanding job a year ago. He’s done the same thing again this year. You like to see people get opportunities and have those options. I’m sure it will be no different this year.”

According to NFL rules, assistant coaches whose teams have a first-round bye are allowed to interview for head-coaching jobs next week. They can take part in a second interview either after their team loses or following the conference championship games.

The only way the Broncos wouldn’t get a first-round bye is if they somehow lose to the 2-13 Chiefs and the Patriots beat the Dolphins, which is unlikely.

In other words, if the Eagles are interested in McCoy, it’s likely that they’ll have already interviewed him by this time next week.

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  • xlGmanlx

    interesting candidate, based on his resume, especially during the Delhome/Davis years in Carolina, his scheme could maximize the talent we have.

    • johngiam

      I wouldnt complain if we hired McCoy…then again as long as we dont get Saban or chip, Im happy

  • HowieDon’tKnow

    Sounds too much like Mike McCormick for my tastes. Plus, unless we can find Payton and that defense, MM may not be too much to be interested in. Plus, I still think that these are the wrong issues to focus on. GM first, then a coach.

    • Johngiam

      every single Philadelphia fan would agree with you….unfortunately this front office doesn’t give a damn about us. There isn’t anything I wold want to see more then getting rid of Howie, and bringing in an actually football guy to put together our roster…the sad reality is less then a year ago, Lurie signed howie to a 5yer contract. There is absolutely a zero chance that Lurie would fire him, and pay him for another 4years…so sad, but so true

      • jbistheking

        I couldn’t disagree more with you guys on Howie. He put together a ‘dream team’ on paper. It is clear fat Andy had a huge say in personnel, Howie went out and got Andy all the firepower he needed. Look at our draft picks the past 2 years, not complete wastes as they have been in the past. Plus we haven’t given up the future and to my knowledge we aren’t in a huge cap issue. So, Andy’s got to go, Howie has done everything that was asked of him and done it well.

        • Johngiam

          I have a serious issue with a GM who doesn’t have a Singler starting caliber safety on the roster, and thinks its acceptable to start Akeem Jordan!

      • atb124

        Let’s just wait and see how he does with Reid gone. No one really knows which bad decisions (Watkins, Jarrett) were Howie’s and which were Reid’s. No one really knows which good decisions (2012 draft) were Howie’s and which were Reid’s.
        Time will tell.

        • Johngiam

          Fair enough! Not that we have a choice since how just got a 5 year extension. We all know lUrie won’t pay him for four years to go away. I do believe that we drafted Watkins because of Howard MUDDS Imput….would love to know who is really responsible for Jarret. Nate Allen turned out to be bad also….This past draft does leave room for optimism…however I feel we need a philosophical change away from small, fast, high odor tour. Bring the beef and power to Philly. How will that ever change if Howie continues to pick the players.

          • Atb124

            Well, Foles is neither small nor fast. :)

        • morgan c

          Reid has said that Watkins and Jarrett were both his guys.

        • Yeah let’s just wait and see as apposed to hiring a qualified talent evaluator. I’m only 43, should be plenty of time to burn right? Too bad for dear old dad…

  • This sounds like a logical choice. I guess that means I can count the Eagles out. Sure would be nice to have a coach who adapts to players strengths as after all these years of Andy sitting in his office pounding round pegs into square holes and vice versa…