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Broncos consider replacements for Mike McCoy

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Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who arguably did a better coaching job with Tim Tebow in 2011 than with Peyton Manning in 2012, given that Peyton pretty much ran the show, is expected to receive his reward via a head-coaching job.

So who will replace McCoy?

According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, the candidates include younger-than-Peyton Broncos quarterback coach Adam Gase (son-in-law of Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt), former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, and Colts quarterbacks coach (and former offensive coordinator) Clyde Christensen.

At some point recently, someone suggested that former Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore could land in Denver.

At some point (or at every point), it doesn’t matter.  Manning will continue to run the show, as long as he’s the Broncos’ quarterback.  While it helps to have a great offensive coordinator, there’s no substitute for having a player-coach on the field.

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14 Responses to “Broncos consider replacements for Mike McCoy”
  1. patfanken says: Jan 13, 2013 12:06 PM

    Whomever gets the job better have a very small ego, because what success occurs, all the credit will go to Manning.

  2. suprinelolskins says: Jan 13, 2013 12:12 PM

    Why not just name Peyton and save a paycheck

  3. eatitfanboy says: Jan 13, 2013 12:19 PM

    I dispute the widely accepted notion that Manning “runs the show” in Denver.

    Does anyone honestly believe he would taken a knee with 31 seconds left if it were his decision? Or called 5 straight running plays with 3:00 to go?

    If I were a team interviewing McCoy, I would sure as heck want to know who was responsible for the disastrous strategy.

  4. arlingtonsynn says: Jan 13, 2013 12:34 PM

    Agree with eatitfanboy.

    Also, being Peyton’s OC is a much tougher job than is commonly assumed. The Moore offense was where the OC fired over 3 “plays” based on what the sideline sees. Peyton goes to the line with those in his head (and complete ability to use, adjust, throw away as he sees fit). But it was ALWAYS dependent on those plays coming in.

    An OC who can’t handle that aspect will not work.

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:38 PM

    “While it helps to have a great offensive coordinator, there’s no substitute for having a player-coach on the field.”

    Lol except when said player-coach is throwing his usual horrid interceptions….

  6. chi01town says: Jan 13, 2013 12:43 PM

    If I was McCoy I would get out of Denver because if they WIN then Manning gets the Credit and if they lose McCoy gets the blame. and in Chicago McCoy would WIN and be the hero that saved Cutler’s career and gave Chicago a Superbowl

  7. nfloracle says: Jan 13, 2013 12:45 PM

    eatitfanboy says:

    “Does anyone honestly believe he would taken a knee with 31 seconds left if it were his decision? Or called 5 straight running plays with 3:00 to go?”

    Of course not. We watched John Fox do this for nine years in Carolina… nine years without a SuperBowl ring, I might add.

  8. silentcount says: Jan 13, 2013 12:54 PM

    Hey come on, as good as Manning is, you can’t expect him to carry a team to a win in overtime the way Tebow can. It’s just not a fair comparison.

  9. truths4all says: Jan 13, 2013 1:43 PM

    Make no mistake because McCoy had already gone on record in interviews and in articles that Manning was really running the offense in Denver and that he. McCoy, was learning a lot of things about offense he had never known from Manning.

    With that said, McCoy had passed on that John Fox was calling the game plays with Manning having the total freedom to change them on the field. So, Fox and Manning are the ones responsible for the terrible play calling and execution at the end of regulation and during overtime. And no one but Manning is responsible for the poor passing he threw.

  10. vaphinfan says: Jan 13, 2013 2:02 PM

    Where can I apply. I can stand right there on the sideline and do nothing like Jon Fox. But I will at least look like I know whats going on.

  11. therealtrenches says: Jan 13, 2013 2:35 PM

    The games he won w/ Tebow were mostly the result of Tebow’s improvisations on broken plays. And this year, the offense was pretty close to what Manning has always run. McCoy might be overrated, or even a bit of a naked emperor.

  12. geezohman says: Jan 13, 2013 2:56 PM

    After yesterday’s performance i wouldn’t think the defense coordinator would be interviewing for a Head Coach job somewhere… similar to the Bengals !

  13. jrebar88 says: Jan 13, 2013 9:15 PM

    Best news of the day.

  14. raiderapologist says: Jan 13, 2013 9:41 PM

    The Broncos should hire Jeff George to be the OC. He has a giant forehead and a live arm. They can dress him in a #18 jersey and sneak him onto the field whenever Denver is in 3rd and long.

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