Broncos’ Mike McCoy Faces Tough Opponent In Steelers’ Dick LeBeau


The hot seat is occupied in Denver. The person sitting in it? Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

It hasn’t necessarily been Tim Tebow who has been taking the heat for the Broncos passing woes, it’s been the brains of the beast – McCoy.

The team has averaged 13.3 points in their three straight losses. The last touchdown they scored came in the third quarter of the Buffalo game.

McCoy has taken a lot of  heat for his play calling in terms of not getting Tebow into a rhythm with slants and screen passes, and not utilizing the tight ends more.

“That’s all part of the business,” McCoy said of the criticism flying his way. “When you get in this business as a coach, you’re either hired or fired. There’s a lot of people out there, my wife included, and everybody else, they’ve got an opinion. That’s why as coaches we work endless hours.”

So what is the Mrs. saying?

“She just wants us to get the end zone and win,” McCoy said.

No win is more important than the one that’s on the line this Sunday. The Pittsburgh Steelers have the top ranked pass defense in the league.

It’s a who’s who list on the defensive side of the ball from players to coach.

Steelers’ defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has been in his position with the Steelers since 2003. He’s in his 37th year as an NFL coach. He’s considered one of the greatest minds in the business. In the past 8 seasons, the Steelers have been ranked 1st in points allowed four times, 2nd one time, and 3rd one time.

“This team, traditionally, with Coach LeBeau has been outstanding,” McCoy said. “When someone goes down, someone steps up and steps in, and they don’t skip a beat…Coach LeBeau is an outstanding football coach. They’re well prepared, very disciplined, they don’t make a lot of mistakes, and they fly around. They play the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”

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