January 13, 2017
BRONCOS AGREE TO TERMS WITH MIKE McCOY AS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Friday agreed to terms with Mike McCoy to be the team’s offensive coordinator, Head Coach Vance Joseph announced.
“Mike is an experienced play-caller who can build a system around our players,” Joseph said. “It was our goal to find an offensive coordinator who has flexibility with his scheme, and Mike has done that as both a head coach and coordinator. He’s had a lot of success in this league with many different styles of offense, including here with the Broncos.
“Mike will bring energy and creativity to our offense, and we’re excited to welcome him back to Denver.”
McCoy, who has 17 seasons of NFL coaching experience, enters his fifth season as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator in 2017 after previously serving in that role with the club from 2009-12. He spent the past four seasons (2013-16) as head coach of the San Diego Chargers and also worked nine years on the offensive staff with the Carolina Panthers from 2000-08.
McCoy’s offenses have finished in the NFL’s top 10 in three of the past five seasons, averaging 373.3 yards per game during that stretch. He has coached eight offensive players to a total of 10 Pro Bowl selections during his NFL career while working with quarterbacks who have totaled 10 3,000-yard passing seasons, including five 4,000-yard campaigns.
During his four seasons as San Diego’s head coach, the Chargers’ offense ranked ninth in the league in total offense (365.9) and second in third down percentage (44.6). San Diego also ranked fifth in the NFL in both net passing yards per game (269.0) and passing touchdowns (126) during that stretch.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers finished with three of his highest single-season completion percentage marks under McCoy while averaging more than 31 touchdown passes a year. The veteran signal-caller earned Comeback Player of the Year honors from the Associated Press in 2013 after completing a career-best 69.5 percent of his passes (378-of-544) for 4,478 yards with 32 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions (105.5 rtg.).
McCoy was the Broncos’ offensive coordinator for quarterback Peyton Manning’s first season in Denver in 2012, helping him earn 2012 Comeback Player of the Year honors after passing for a then-franchise record 4,659 yards with 37 touchdowns.
Before Manning’s arrival in Denver, McCoy revamped Denver’s 2011 offense to suit the skillset of quarterback Tim Tebow, who took over as the starter after Week 5. The Broncos, who ranked 23rd in the NFL in rushing from 2009-10 (105.6 ypg) and were 20th in the league (101.8 ypg) through five games in 2011, made a dramatic turnaround with their new run-oriented offense and finished as the league’s No. 1 rushing attack with a franchise-record 2,632 yards on the ground.
Tebow in 2011 finished with 660 rushing yards to represent the most by a quarterback in team history. Veteran running back Willis McGahee tied for the NFL lead with seven individual 100-yard rushing games and earned his second career Pro Bowl berth with a final tally of 1,199 yards on the season.
McCoy coached a trio of Pro Bowl wide receivers in Denver, including Demaryius Thomas (2012), Brandon Lloyd (2010) and Brandon Marshall (2009). The wideouts, along with Eric Decker, each recorded 1,000-yard receiving seasons under McCoy.
The Panthers totaled three playoff appearances, two division titles, two NFC Championship Game appearances and a berth in Super Bowl XXXVIII (2003 season) during McCoy’s nine years on staff from 2000-08. McCoy began his tenure with the team as offensive assistant in 2000 before working his way up to passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2007-08.
A quarterback in college, McCoy spent his first two seasons playing for Long Beach State University from 1990-91 under legendary Head Coach George Allen before transferring to the University of Utah for his final two years.
The Broncos signed McCoy as a college free agent in 1995, and he spent the regular season as a rookie on Green Bay’s practice squad. He saw his first professional playing time with NFL Europe’s Amsterdam Admirals in 1997 and spent one game on San Francisco’s roster as its third quarterback that year. McCoy competed in training camp with Philadelphia in 1998 before concluding his playing career with the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders in 1999.
Born on April 1, 1972, in San Francisco, McCoy and his wife, Kellie, have one daughter, Olivia, and one son, Luke.
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