I really don't know much about McCoy, so I went over to MHR and found this gem. After watching Orton become a good QB, I think it could be a good move. Anyway, here's what MHR had to say in the preseason:
Born: April 1, 1972
College: Long Beach State U & Utah
NFL Year: 10th
Broncos Year: 2nd
San Francisco native, Mike McCoy joined the Broncos in 2009 as new head coach Josh McDaniels' Offensive Coordinator. From those roots, McCoy went on to play quarterback at Long Beach State University (1990-91) -- under NFL Hall of Fame head coach George Allen -- and the University of Utah (1992-94). He ended his college career with a 5-yard touchdown pass in the 1994 Freedom Bowl which gave Utah a 16-13 win over Arizona.
His professional playing career was very diverse. He was first signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted college free agent in 1995, though he spent that season the practice squad of the Green Bay Packers. His first professional playing time occurred with the NFL Europe's Amsterdam Admirals in 1997. He played well enough for Amsterdam to earn a roster spot with the San Francisco 49ers, and was listed as their 3rd string quarterback for one game. He went the Philadelphia Eagles training camp in 1998. His last year as a professional player came with the Calgary Stampeders in 1999.
Following his playing days, McCoy was hired as an offensive assistant with the Carolina Panthers in 2000. Four weeks into that season, he suddenly found himself assigned to work with veteran Steve Beuerlein as the Panthers' quarterbacks coach. He assisted Beuerlein to a total of 3,730 passing yards. The following year, McCoy's duties were switched to training Carolina's wide receivers, including the development of Steve Smith. McCoy helped two Panther WRs (Muhammad & Hayes) to 50-catch, 500-yard receiving seasons. He was assigned more generalized duties as an offensive assistant in 2002, before being returned to the position of quarterbacks coach in 2003.
In 2003, the Panthers picked up Jake Delhomme to be their starter. Under McCoy's tutelage, Delhomme brought Carolina to come-from-behind wins 7 times (best in the NFL that year), and the Panther's first Super Bowl appearance. McCoy guided Delhomme to a career year in 2004, Delhomme's 3,886 passing yards and 29 touchdown passes were the 2nd highest totals for a Panther quarterback in franchise history. McCoy helped Delhomme achieve more career highs in 2006, and helped Delhomme earn his first Pro Bowl selection.
McCoy helped the Panthers turn what could have been a total disaster of a season in 2007 into merely a below average one. Carolina's quarterbacks corp was devastated by injuries that year. The Panthers had 4 different starting quarterbacks (Jake Delhomme 2-1, Vinnie Testaverde 2-4, David Carr 1-3, and Matt Moore 2-1), and not one of them started more than 3 games in a row. It was McCoy's teaching that was credited with helping college free agent rookie Matt Moore to post a winning record in the final 3 games of the season. McCoy helped that decimated group lead the Panthers to a 7-9 record. McCoy continued this pattern of success in 2008, helping Delhomme to a 4th career year in passing yards, and assisted the club to reach a 12-4 record that matched the best season ever by the franchise.
Josh McDaniels selected McCoy to become Denver's Offensive Coordinator in 2009. The division of labor, according to most reports, is that McCoy is primarily responsible for player development and game-planning while McDaniels does the actual play calling during the games. McCoy's rookie campaign as Denver's Offensive Coordinator was met with mixed emotions. The offense showed flashes of brilliance with 8 games scoring 20+ points, 6 having 24+, 4 having 27+, 2 with 30+, and 1 that scored over 40 points. It also struggled at times with 8 games scoring less than 20 points, and 4 games that had less than 14. It should also be noted that under McCoy's guidance, Kyle Orton posted a career year, and Brandon Marshall had another 100+-catch, 1000+-yard receiving year.
McCoy lives in Denver with his wife Kellie, their daughter Olivia and their son Luke.
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