After hearing Darren Smith talk yesterday about Adam Schefter being the guy that always breaks news dealing with the Broncos and Redskins, I thought "He'll probably be the one to break the Mike McCoy story if the San Diego Chargers end up hiring him." Welp.
Mike McCoy informed the Broncos this morning that he is accepting the San Diego Chargers head coaching job.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 15, 2013
There are other reports out there that the Chargers have also informed their other candidates that they're hiring McCoy, so this is a pretty much a done deal at this point.
So, what do we know about Mike McCoy? We know that he's the same age (40) as Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco. We know that he's had 3 Quarterbacks and 3 Head Coaches in the last 4 seasons. Most importantly, we know that he was able to win games with a shape-shifting offense that changed for Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning.
We also know that, since McCoy is a young offensive coach, the chances of him keeping John Pagano and the rest of the defensive staff in place is high.
This is the hire that we wanted, remember? Mike McCoy was #2 on Jeff's list behind David Shaw, who decided early on that he wasn't leaving Stanford. Here's what Jeff had to say about him:
In terms of coaching adversity, look at what McCoy has done in Denver. In 2009 and 2010, he worked with Josh McDaniels to make Kyle Orton look halfway decent running a one-back spread passing game. In 2011, he junked that and went to a run-heavy offense with lots of play-action, bootleg, waggle, and read-option for Tim Tebow. Now in 2012, he's basically had to reinstall the one-back spread that Peyton Manning prefers to run. The thing I like best about McCoy is his willingness to build the offense around what his players do best, regardless of their limitations. He's helped get the most of out some very limited players (Orton, Tebow), and at the very least has helped Manning hit the ground running in Denver.
This is the young, offensive coach that we at BFTB were hoping the Chargers would get. Someone that can "fix" Philip Rivers and the offensive line. Someone that can build a championship organization along with the young General Manager. Now all they have to do is actually do it.