The Denver Broncos finally made a serious move to improve their offense by getting rid of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
In a case of likely too little, too late, the Denver Broncos have tried to right their offense by firing offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Ian Rapoport had the initial report from Denver, as John Elway apparently found a fall guy to deal with his decimated roster and unempowered front office.
McCoy’s offense has certainly looked like one of the league’s worst this year, especially in recent weeks, but he’s not entirely to blame. It doesn’t help a team when the offensive line is a sieve and the quarterback selection is even worse than the linemen themselves. McCoy had the chance to coach guys like Brock Osweiler or Trevor Siemian, so how much was he supposed to be able to pull off?
The answer is “more than what they’re doing,” which makes sense given that the Broncos still have valuable playmakers like Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders along with other pass catchers. The defense also keeps games close enough that the offense should be much more competitive than they are.
The Broncos are second in the NFL in total turnovers with 23 and they rank No. 26 overall in number of yards gained per play. It will be interesting to see how the move not only affects the team moving forward (if they can get motivation from the shift in coordinators) but what it will bring to the AFC West. The Broncos aren’t too far gone, only because no one else in the division has taken the bull by the horns, so to speak, and they also play the Chiefs one more time before the season is over.
McCoy was the former head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers (then in San Diego) and before that he’d been the Broncos former offensive coordinator for a few seasons. He’s also a longtime assistant from Carolina, so maybe he will be interested in rejoining his old team, or he could join familiar faces like John Fox in Chicago to help the Bears