At the end of a post depicting Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott as the clear favorite to become the Bills' next head coach, News Sports Reporter Vic Carucci mentioned that former Chargers coach Mike McCoy could be hired as McDermott's offensive coordinator.
McCoy would be a good get for the Bills, lending credibility and experience to the staff of a first-time head coach. Here are some things to know about him:
Background: McCoy, 44, was a quarterback in his playing days and has been known for his work with quarterbacks over the last decade-plus in the NFL. He got into the league as a coach with the Panthers and was on staff when they went to the Super Bowl in 2003. He became the quarterbacks coach with Jake Delhomme the following year.
McCoy left Carolina for Denver in 2009 and became the offensive coordinator and worked with Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning. McCoy took over as the Chargers coach in 2013, going to the playoffs twice with Philip Rivers before being fired after consecutive last-place AFC West finishes.
The Bills reportedly asked for permission to interview McCoy for their head coaching position in 2013 before hiring Doug Marrone.
Buffalo has asked for permission to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy for its HC job.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 1, 2013
Pros: One thing that should jump out from the list of McCoy's experience is that he was the offensive coordinator who won a playoff game with Tim Tebow at quarterback. Sure, Denver's defense that year was insanely good. But, Tebow!
McCoy had a losing record in four years as a head coach (27-37), but having a former head man running the offense would be a huge boost for McDermott, who could focus on his defense, much in the same way having Greg Roman care for the offense allowed Rex Ryan to work with his side of the ball. Obviously the Bills hoped for better results with that setup, but the thought behind it was good.
Cons: How sure are we that McCoy would want the Bills? It's great that he seems to have a good relationship with McDermott, but if other coaches/teams also express interest to him, would he prefer working somewhere with better structure and a more developed passing offense? Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated's MMQB site reported that McCoy could also have interest from Washington and the New York Jets, as well as a return to Denver, depending on which coaches get hired where.
Ex-Charger coach Mike McCoy will have options. If Joseph, McDermott, McVay land jobs, he'll be an OC target for Bills, Broncos, Skins, Jets.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 11, 2017
Quotable: From part of a 2014 Sports Illustrated piece on deciphering defenses: "My trip to San Diego included a conversation with Mike McCoy on the progress of Philip Rivers," Robert Klemko wrote. "It was McCoy who had impressed upon Rivers in 2013 the value of what some call the dink-and-dunk: As a quarterback, read almost everything in the passing game from low to high, rather than from high to low. Asked how many quarterbacks would be better in that sort of offense, McCoy said, 'All 32 of them.'"
Fun fact: McCoy grew up near San Francisco but was initially a Cowboys fan. He switched allegiances to the 49ers once he realized how good Joe Montana was.