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Next up in Arizona Cardinals Coach Search: Mike McCoy

January 5th, 2013 at 5:45 PM
By Steve Smith

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The Arizona Cardinals are scheduled to interview Denver Broncos Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy Saturday as they continue their search for a new head coach to replace Ken Whisenhunt. So who exactly is Mike McCoy? Why is he such a hot commodity right now? Let's take a look at his "resume", if you will:


McCoy is 40 years old and has 13 years of NFL experience, the last four as Offensive Coordinator of the Broncos. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach with the Carolina Panthers for nine years. He was the quarterbacks coach back in 2004 when the Panthers lost in Super Bowl 38 to the New England Patriots.


McCoy's greatest strength is his flexibility and ability to modify his offense around different personnel. For example, there are no more different quarterbacks in the NFL than Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning. In 2011, McCoy worked with Tebow and the Broncos not only led the league in rushing, they won a playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. That was the height of "Tebowmania". We all know what a great runner Tebow is but his passing ability leaves a lot to be desired.


This season, McCoy has worked his magic again, this time with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time in Manning, the ultimate pocket passer. The Broncos finished the regular season at 13-3 and own the number one seed in the AFC playoffs. Manning has thrown for 4,659 yards this season with 37 touchdowns passes and just 11 interceptions.


Two totally different quarterbacks. Two totally different systems. McCoy has made both work beautifully.


McCoy is also drawing interest from the Chicago Bears, who have requested permission to interview him.



Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Football, Ken Whisenhunt, Mike McCoy, NFL, Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow

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