DENVER — Days after engineering what many called a lackluster offensive assault in a heartbreaking playoff loss, Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has reportedly accepted a head coaching position with a division rival.
FOX31 Denver has confirmed through a team source that McCoy had informed the Broncos he would be accepting the vacant head coaching position with the San Diego Chargers Tuesday morning.
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, this is not the first time McCoy’s name has been mentioned in connection with a head coaching position.
According to Schefter, McCoy interviewed with Arizona, Philadelphia and Chicago before accepting the San Diego job. The Jaguars were also expected to talk with him. A year ago, McCoy interviewed with the Dolphins before being passed over.
This season year, McCoy was given plenty of credit for the Broncos’ offensive success by his new man under center, Peyton Manning. While many believe McCoy was nothing more than a figurehead — with the hall of fame quarterback basically running the offense — Manning gave high praise to McCoy, who transformed the identity of an offense for the second straight year.
”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.
Manning finished 2012 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.
A season ago, it was all about pounding the ball on the ground for the Broncos offense. And once again, McCoy had the offense 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.
Some present-focused Broncos fans might be saying good riddance, though, as many have spent this week arguing that the offensive strategy in a 38-35 divisional playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday was too conservative.
The Broncos were out-gained by a pedestrian Ravens offense, ranked 26th in the NFL, by almost 100 yards in the loss.
With McCoy in the tow with the Chargers, two of Denver’s three AFC West divisional foes will have Broncos connections. Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen was a Broncos defensive coordinator for a year under John Fox in 2011 before being hired away for the 2012 season.