DENVER — Showing the diversity to coordinate offensive schemes for one of the best running quarterbacks college football has ever seen and one of the best passing quarterbacks the NFL has ever seen, the Denver Broncos’s Mike McCoy has become a hot head coaching candidate after of those positions opened up on Monday.
According to multiple reports, the Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears have shown the most interest in the Broncos offensive coordinator, who interviewed for a head coaching vacancy in Miami a year ago before returning to Denver.
Cardinals President Michael Bidwill told the Associated Press that his team has reached out to McCoy to interview for their head coaching vacancy following the firing of Ken Whisenhunt, who was shown the door after six seasons and the franchise’s only Super Bowl appearance.
A source familiar with the situation also told the Associated Press that McCoy will interview for Chicago’s vacant head coaching spot following the firing of Lovie Smith, who narrowly missed the playoffs after a 10-6 season.
This year, McCoy has been given plenty of credit for the Broncos success offensively by his new man under center, Peyton Manning. The Hall of Fame quarterback credited the McCoy for helping him guide a new team learning a new offensive playbook.
Manning finished the year with MVP-like numbers, passing for 4,659 yards with 37 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions. The yardage and touchdown totals are the second highest of his career, while the interception total is the third lowest of his career.
”It’s been a team effort and I really appreciate the help that Mike has given me going all the way back to when I first got here,” Manning said.
A season ago, it was all about pounding the ball on the ground for the Broncos offense. And once again, McCoy had the unit running like a well-oiled machined, as the Tim Tebow-led unit compiled 2,632 total rushing yards, the highest total in the NFL in 2011.