The Chicago Bears finished the season 10-6, but missed the playoffs because the Minnesota Vikings beat the Green Bay Packers on Sunday to take the last wild card spot.
The Bears have missed the playoffs the last two years, and in the past five of the last six seasons. Head coach Lovie Smith was fired early Monday morning, and the Bears quickly put a call into Denver to ask the Broncos permission if they could interview offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
McCoy has become known for adjusting his play calling on the fly to the players that he has. First it was Tim Tebow, and now it’s Peyton Manning. The Bears are hoping he can do the same for former Broncos Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall who have yet to see any real success in Chicago.
McCoy will likely interview next week, probably sometime between Friday and Sunday since the team has a bye. After that, offensive assistants with teams that are still playing won’t be allowed to interview until their team loses in the playoffs or until the bye week before the Super Bowl.
If McCoy is offered a head coaching job, he will not be able to accept it until the Broncos’ season is over, for obvious reasons.
McCoy has the Broncos’ offense 2nd in points per game (30.1), and 4th in yards per game (397.9), but most importantly, he’s been able to help Manning adjust to a new team after taking a year off from football.