The Denver Broncos are putting together almost an entirely new offensive staff, and could hire both Mike McCoy and Bill Musgrave…
As of Thursday night, the Denver Broncos were finalizing a deal to hire Mike McCoy as their new offensive coordinator, a position he also held from 2010-2012 before being hired in San Diego with the Chargers.
After being hired in 2013, the Chargers decided to go a different direction and fired McCoy at the end of the 2016 season. He immediately became arguably the most attractive ‘free agent’ offensive coordinator on the market, and the Denver Broncos with Vance Joseph have acted quickly in bringing him on to potentially coach up one of the league’s most desperate situations offensively…
While the hiring of McCoy is expected, that left some to wonder what the Broncos were doing scheduling an interview with Bill Musgrave if they planned on not letting McCoy leave the building. After all, both McCoy and Musgrave have the opportunity to decide where they want to interview first, and both picked Denver. At least as far as any of us know…
With that being said, the Broncos’ interview with Musgrave will proceed on Friday as it was originally intended to, even with the reported hiring of McCoy as offensive coordinator.
Musgrave has Denver Broncos connections, having played for the team in 1995-96. He knows John Elway, presumably quite well, and theoretically could step into any coaching role the Broncos wanted. He’s not under contract with anyone, so they can be creative with this role. Perhaps he would be a quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach or assistant offensive coordinator. Perhaps he would be just the quarterbacks coach, but one way or another, the Broncos are being aggressive in finding ways to upgrade an offensive coaching staff that desperately needed an overhaul.
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Musgrave did some great work this past year with an Oakland Raiders offensive that ranked in the top 10 in scoring, passing, and running. McCoy is known for being able to adapt offenses to the players he coaches, though I personally have some concerns about his conservative nature, at least from what I can remember with his time here in Denver with such different quarterbacks to work with in Tim Tebow, Kyle Orton, and eventually Peyton Manning.
When McCoy left for the Chargers, Adam Gase was promoted to offensive coordinator and the offense flourished, scoring more points than any offense in the history of the NFL. That’s not to say that McCoy was entirely limiting the offense, but it does make you wonder just a little bit…
However, I have the utmost confidence that John Elway and Vance Joseph have a great plan. Joseph talked of his desire to have an offense with ‘swagger’ and that is exactly what I think we will see. The Broncos have to get back to a balanced attack, and they have to get mean up front on the offensive line.
Hopefully, these two coaches — if brought in as a packaged deal — can change the culture of this group quickly.