Offensive Coordinator in Denver? Dream Come True.
Earlier this morning, former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy announced that he was leaving his position to take the head coach job in San Diego.
This move by McCoy was expected by many sources around the league, yet still surprised numerous Bronco fans. Looking back at this past season, the Broncos surpassed numerous goals set by the media. For example, Peyton Manning surely solidified his role as an elite quarterback after four neck surgeries by throwing for 4,659 yards, thirty-seven touchdowns, and completing a passer rating of 105.8.
Wide receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas both had breakout seasons. Decker totaled 1,064 yards and 13 touchdowns almost doubling his previous totals of 612 yards and 8 touchdowns. It took Demaryius Thomas his third season in the league to show his true talent as a #1 receiver in the NFL. He had 94 receptions for 1,434 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Mike McCoy took this trio of superb athletes and completed a season averaging the 2nd most points per game, 30.1. The 4th most yards per game, 397.9. While finishing fifth in passing yards, 283.4 and a modest 16th in rushing yards with 114.5. This may be why he was targeted by numerous teams.
While Bronco fans are probably still trying to soothe their broken hearts from the disappointing playoff loss, they don’t have to worry about the absence of Mike McCoy. Although he orchestrated an extremely high-powered offense, he left a position that is sure to be the dream job for a coordinator who needs “a few good years” to boost their resume.
The best example I can give is Josh McDaniels. Before you stop reading suddenly let me finish. I’m not suggesting we rehire McDaniels, that wouldn’t sit too well with Pat Bowlen or the millions of fans all over including myself. However, he is the type of person who needs this job. McDaniels knows that he needs to boost his resume if he wants any shot at becoming a head coach again, the offensive coordinator of the amazing Denver Broncos, is a perfect spot.
You merely can’t miss with Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and a defensive that was tied for the league in sacks (52) and had the fourth lowest average points scored (18.1). Not only is this team filled with All-Pro players, but they are playing in the weakest division across the entire NFL!
The AFC West sustained only 26 wins out of all four teams. To compare, the NFC North had 35.
This team is designed to stay ahold of the division for at least the next three years. With the way Peyton Manning and company are playing, there might even be a few MVP awards tossed around the locker room.
So now the main question, who wants to be apart of a constantly winning football team with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and a suffocating defense? Here’s my list of potential candidates to fill this lucky spot.
Potential Offensive Coordinator Candidates
1) Ken Whisenhunt.
The former head coach of the Arizona Cardinals (2007-2012) is in high demand at the moment. He is currently interviewing for head coaching positions and is rumored to be the front-runner for the Philidelphia Eagles. If the Broncos can persuade him to sign with us, he will certainly enjoy having a quarterback who knows what he is doing as the Cardinals never found a franchiese quarterback after Kurt Warner retired in 2009.
Ken led the Cardinals to their only Super Bowl during the 2008 season. He won a Super Bowl as an offensive assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2005 season.
2) Tom Moore
This guy is old. And by old, I mean he was coaching before Peyton Manning was even born! He has held over seventeen various coaching positions, and has won the Super Bowl three times (78,79,06) He is 74 years old, and has never had a head coaching position.
However, he was the offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts from 1998-2008. He currently is an Offensive Consultant with the Tennessee Titans. I believe he will be a dark horse for this position due to his familarity with Peyton Manning. After all, he has worked with Peyton for ten years and his offensive style of a hurry up offense matches perfectly with Peyton Manning and head coach John Fox.
3) Adam Gase
An in-house selection for this guy. His eighth season in the NFL, just completed his second year as the quarterbacks coach for the Broncos. In 2011, he had Tim Tebow, although Tebow never had the skill set to be a successful Broncos long-term quarterback, he did manage to work with him and get a few thrilling wins.
Adam helped Manning become the superior player he is once again. Before becoming a quarterbacks coach, he was the wide receivers coach for the Broncos from 2009-2010. He helped wide receiver Brandon Lloyd surpass 1400 receiving yards. Brandon Marshall also became the fifth player in NFL history to post three consecutive 100-catch seasons.
4) Brian Schottenheimer
The current offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. The son of former Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, and Washington Redskins head coach Marty Schottenheimer. He has served as an assistant to his father on many teams, and one day hopes to become a head coach. After the 2008 season, Brian was a candidate to become the head coach for the New York Jets. The Jacksonville Jaguars are rumored to have a large amount of interest in him for their head coaching position. If he doesn’t get the job, then the OC position in Denver will certainly help him get his name out there for future positions.
5) Mike Martz
The former head coach of the Super Bowl winning St. Louis Rams of the year 1999. He went 56-36 in five and a half seasons as a head coach and hasn’t been a head coach since the year 2005. However he has been an offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears for two years before resigning amidst struggles with then head coach Lovie Smith and the spectacular, incredible, fan favorite QB Jay Cutler. He has been retired from coaching for almost a year. If there is anything to pull him out of retirement, this is it.