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Published on 01/02/2013 at Wed Jan 02 16:11.
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There are currently four teams courting Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, hoping to fill their head coaching gigs.  On Wednesday, head coach John Fox revealed why McCoy is such a hot candidate.

“He’s a heck-of-a coach,” said Fox, who has worked with McCoy since 2002.

“Anytime with team success, your guys get opportunities,” added Fox.  “That’s players, coaches, everybody.  We’ve got a lot of very qualified coaches on this staff assistant-wise that will get opportunities but we’re still focused on what we still have to do here with the Denver Broncos.”

McCoy’s quarterback, Peyton Manning, added his own endorsement.

“I think he’s ready,” said Manning.  “I think he’s paid his dues.  Mike’s a good leader.”

“He’s had some good coaches that have been mentors to him, different coaches that he’s worked with in his years in the NFL that I think he’s incorporated some of their leadership philosophies and his own philosophy and like I said, he’s a strong leader. In my opinion, he deserves a shot at one of these head coaching jobs.”

All quotes were provided courtesy of the team’s media relations team.  The Broncos have a playoff bye this week but were braving the weather at practice today, in a RealFeel® of 21°.

  • TheTroglodyte

    I like McCoy, seems like a stand up dude the players respect and he tries his hardest. I just don’t think he has proven anything yet.

    No offense to him and Fox but his attempt to make the Broncos offense work around Tebow was a joke. The only time anything worked was when we were way behind and Tebow was free lancing. It had nothing to do with McCoy.

    I’d be shocked if McCoy had more to do now with the offensive game plan than Manning, so again, what has he shown?

    Promote Gase or bring in Moore and call it good. I wish McCoy the best wherever he goes.

  • Jon

    While I agree that I think teams are getting ahead of themselves by getting all googly about McCoy, the Broncos did do some nice things last season when Tebow was running the offense the coaches had set up.

    For example, against Oakland we ran up and down the field with the read-option, that wasn’t Tebow running around in circles and then rushing 178 yards for a first down prior to Prater coming in to kick an 84.5 yard field goal…

  • Doom92

    I don’t think your right at all Trogger… I think he did a great job last year with crap. How would you like to have to play call with Tebow at your helm. If you have never been a play caller I can see where you would arrive at your opinion but if you have you would not feel like you do. I can’t even imagine how many times he had to look at his play sheet and think, “damn, what now”. In football there is not a position that is more rewarding and more agonizing at the same time.

    And I think you’d be shocked then because this goes to the heart of why they would have to change terminology and half the offense if he does infacto leave. Remember talking about the terminology would have to change if Moore came in? AND its just not terminology, if you watched or went back and see the Colts total package VS this total package they are quite different, especially in the run game. The Colts NEVER ran this much, even in there Super Bowl years. This is why their backs Like Edge and Joe sucked when they left there, they actually had to play RB.

    SO while I can’t proclaim that you are strait up wrong I heavily disagree. BUT… I still love you man… ;-).

  • TheTroglodyte

    3rd and 8 run, punt every freaking time. It wasn’t a good job done. There were some good games and good play calls but they were few and far between. 3 1/2 quarters were unbelievably predictable and we played as though we were scared shitless.

    Was that justified? Maybe somewhat but it sure as hell didn’t do us any good which is why we one all but one or two games in the 4th quarter with huge comebacks when we had to stop following the gameplan that was so poorly designed.

    I’ve never been a play caller but I have played the game at the college level so I’m not a total idiot with strategy.

  • TheTroglodyte

    Sure there were some good moments. Most of it was 1st down, run. 2nd down run, 3rd down run, 4th down punt. Oh crap we are behind 14 with 10 minutes to go. Now we are forced to let Tebow actually play. Huh, we won whadda ya know?

    lol I’m being overly dramatic of course but that’s how much of last year felt. It felt like we kept winning despite the gameplan rather than because of it because our gameplan kept getting thrown out the window in the 4th of most games.

  • Jon

    It did drive me crazy that it seemed like EVERY third-and-long we did a QB draw…

  • Doom92

    Sorry you felt like I was calling you an idiot, nothing could be farther from true. I guess what I’m trying to get across is that I’m not sure you understand that the shitty game plan was shitty because of what y ou have to game plan with? If you have a shit QB you have a shit game plan. I’ve had a situation or two when my QB was shit (I never told them that) and had to try to improvise and that sometimes led to what looked like a Shit game plan. From week to week I was NFL caliber and sucked worse than any one on the planet the following week and this was all by the exact same people!!!

    Hey it drove me freekin’ nuts last year as well, no question but I realized that it was what they were HAVING to plan with and not as much the planning itself that sucked, no question. I don’t dislike Tebow but he will NEVER be an NFL QB he is a very good “football player” but not at all a good QB. The difference between him and the others (Cam, RG3, Russell etc…) that run that type of offense is that they are very fluid and have the Arm to translate it, he simply doesn’t. And that is what they had to game plan with last year. They had to plan for him NOT to fuck up rather than say with Cam (or other) where you can plan for him to succeed.

    Thats my take on it any way. My game plan on that could be totally full of shit I just think that McCoy did a good job with what he had and has collaborated with Manning (learning immensely no doubt) for an awesome offense and game plan and deserves the high accolades that he is getting for it.

    If or when Tebow goes to Jax, or where ever, he will eventually have to change to a different position or his NFL career will be an epic fail… Period!!! Noone else will be able to game plan for him over a season any better than McCoy was able to.

  • Doom92

    Dude, me too,,, me too!

  • Doom92

    Trust me Brother I was just as frustrated last year, if you remember but I think even more so that the game plan was there still Tebow himself just started going nuts and running all around. I always wondered why he didn’t do that earlier, I don’t think it was the game plan changing as much TT Doing things different and the other teams loosing their minds and not knowing how to adjust.

  • TheTroglodyte

    haha yeah that could be

  • TheTroglodyte

    No worries bud, I didn’t feel like you were calling me an idiot. You make a lot of valid points and I think we are probably more in agreement than not.

    I just feel like the gameplan should have been more like what was ran in Florida rather than their own madeup college offense that was different than what Tebow actually did.

    Fox and McCoy should have reached out to Urban Myer and spent a day or two finding out where Tebow would have had the most success. They should have watched some game film of him playing in Florida.

    Instead I read stories about McCoy watching gamefilm of other colleges run the option.

    Tebow’s game however, wasn’t the option, it was the spread which we never even bothered with until we were down in the last minutes of the game.

    Myer himself has said that no team has put Tebow in a position to do what he does best. We tried to force Tebow into our mold.

    I don’t think McCoy deserves props for that and if it wasn’t for most of the NFL pundits absolutely chomping at the bit to put Tebow down, he wouldn’t get them.