Mike McCoy and the Future of the Philadelphia Eagles

Vince Quinn@TheWooderCoolerCorrespondent IJanuary 4, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 16: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos talks with offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Over the last few weeks, I have been looking at potential head coaching candidates for the Philadelphia Eagles under the assumption that Andy Reid would be fired. I most recently covered Jon GrudenRay Horton, and Vic Fangio, but you can see the entire list here.

Now that Reid's firing is official, it's time to examine one name that keeps popping up in connection to the Birds.


Mike McCoy: Offensive Coordinator, Denver Broncos

McCoy is a great candidate for the job, in part because of his coaching background.

He began his coaching career with the Carolina Panthers (2000-2008). During that stretch, he worked as an offensive assistant (2000, 2002), wide receivers coach (2001), quarterbacks coach (2002-2008) and passing game coordinator (2007-2008) under John Fox.

What's impressive about his time in Carolina is that McCoy quickly moved up the ranks and handled multiple responsibilities. He was named the quarterbacks coach of an NFL team after only two seasons of coaching, and he still worked as an offensive assistant. Through the 2007 and 2008 campaigns, McCoy doubled as a QB coach and passing game coordinator as well.

That experience led him to Mile High Stadium in 2009, when McCoy was hired as the offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos. His stint as offensive coordinator has been fascinating to say the least. The easiest evidence is in the numbers.

  Pts/G Yds/G 3rd pct Yds/Rush Yds/Pass
2012 30.1 397.9 45.0 114.5 283.4
2011 19.3 316.6 31.0 164.5 152.1
2010 21.5 348.9 32.0 96.5 252.4
2009 20.4 341.4 36.0 114.8 226.7
Average 22.8 351.2 36.0 122.6 228.7

Notice the passing and rushing numbers form 2010-2012. Simply put, it's ridiculous. Those numbers describe what makes Mike McCoy such a viable candidate : versatility.

In the 2010 season—a 4-12 campaign with Kyle Orton at the helm—the Broncos were 26th in the league in rushing yards per game. However, in 2011, McCoy created an entirely new offensive system for Tim Tebow. The Broncos went from the 26th ranked rushing team in the NFL to No. 1 in a single season.


Then, take a look at the leap from 2011 to 2012. The biggest difference? McCoy took a then-ailing passing attack, ranked 31st in the league under Tebow, to fifth best in the league with Peyton Manning.

Again, job well done.

As you can see, Mike McCoy has the type of versatility that would make Charles Darwin smile. From year to year he's been able to change his entire scheme according to the personnel on the roster. He's a fantastic head coaching candidate for that exact reason.

So, from the Eagles perspective, if McCoy has been able to maximize the ability of Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow and a damaged Peyton Manning, then who's to say that he can't help Nick Foles?

Also, McCoy's signing could mean good news for his long lost brother, LeSean McCoy.

He's demonstrated a willingness to run in the past and would likely utilize Shady to the best of his ability. You know, something a coach should be expected to do regularly.

So, Philly fans, keep your eyes on the Eagles interview with McCoy on Sunday and how the Broncos play during the playoffs.

Their offensive coordinator might just be the next head honcho in Philly.