Denver Broncos Hire Mike McCoy As Offensive Coordinator

The Broncos are going back to the old familiar Mike McCoy for their new offensive coordinator.

After interviewing Mike McCoy for their offensive coordinator opening on Thursday, the Denver Broncos have announced that they've consummated a deal that returns him to the Mile High City.

“Mike is an experienced play-caller who can build a system around our players,” Head Coach Vance 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.” 

The news comes hot on the heels of Wade Phillips signing with the Los Angeles Rams. McCoy served as Denver's offensive coordinator from 2009-12, working with quarterbacks such as Kyle OrtonTim Tebow and Peyton Manning, before taking a head coaching job with the San Diego Chargers, where he worked with Philip Rivers for four years .

McCoy was instrumental in totally reshaping an offense centered around Josh McDaniels to start the 2011 season with Orton at QB, into a run-heavy, read-option attack led by Tebow. The Broncos finished that season as the NFL's leader in rushing and won the AFC West. 

The next year, Tebow was jettisoned and the chameleon-like McCoy once again shape-shifted the Broncos offense, finishing as the No. 2 scoring offense and the No. 4 unit in total yards. McCoy now inherits an impotent offense that led the NFL in three-and-outs in 2016, with the expressed objective of turning the ship around. 

Thursday, Denver's new Head Coach Vance Joseph talked about his vision for the Broncos offense. 

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“I want an offense that is attacking," Joseph said. "Being a defensive guy my entire career, only 14 seasons, when you play on offense that is attacking, it makes you be careful of your calls. If an offense was conservative, I loved it because I can be the attacker, but if the offense was attacking, with multiple personnel groups and all types of formations, that is what I want them to look like. I want to score point. Points win. Obviously defense wins championships, but you have to score points. I want an offense with swagger and I want an offense that’s up-tempo and has a chance to score a lot of points.”

Joseph is very familiar with Mike McCoy and clearly believes he checks all the boxes in his vision for the offense. McCoy's ability to adapt tactically, and frankly, to develop players, will go a long way toward maximizing the talents of Denver's 2016 first round pick Paxton Lynch.

"I’ve known Mike a long time," Joseph said early Thursday. "Mike is a hell of a play caller. It would be a pleasure to talk with Mike about the job.”

Clearly, Joseph and the Broncos were happy with McCoy's input in his interview The Broncos still have an appointment scheduled with former Oakland OC Bill Musgrave on Friday, and our very own Erick Trickel reports that they may offer Musgrave a different role on the offense — QBs Coach and Assistant Head Coach. 

What a dynamic duo that would make. Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator and Bill Musgrave as quarterbacks coach? A guy can dream. 

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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