The most sought-after NFL assistant on the market this week appears to be Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
And a source confirms that the Eagles plan on interviewing him. Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com first reported the team’s interest.
There’s a lot to like about the 40-year-old McCoy. Yes, he’s currently working with Peyton Manning, which is probably every offensive coordinator’s dream. But McCoy’s previous accomplishments are impressive. He made the most of his offense in 2011, working with a quarterback who couldn’t really throw in Tim Tebow. Kyle Orton had the best years of his career working with McCoy. And Jake Delhomme made a Pro Bowl in 2005 with McCoy as his quarterbacks coach.
An important trait in any head coach is the ability to adapt to personnel, especially when you consider injuries, free agency, players aging, etc. McCoy has proof on his resume that he’s able to do that.
“We’re firm believers here that you have to adjust to who you have,” he told the Sporting News recently.
Before taking over Denver’s offense in 2009, McCoy spent nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He was the passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 2007 and 2008; the quarterbacks coach from 2003 to 2006; quarterbacks coach/offensive assistant in 2002; wide receivers coach in 2001; and an offensive assistant in 2000.
This year, the Broncos finished the regular season second in the league in scoring offense, averaging 30.1 points per game.
During his playing days, McCoy (a quarterback) spent training camp with the Eagles in 1998.
Here’s an excerpt from that Sporting News article I mentioned above:
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.”
Because the Broncos have a first-round bye, teams are allowed to travel to Denver to interview McCoy this week. According to reports, the Bears, Bills and Cardinals will also be interviewing McCoy.