Peyton Manning: "McCoy 'ready' to become head coach"
LINK to the article http://storage.canoe.ca/v1/dynamic_r...y=80&size=650x Peyton Manning: McCoy 'ready' to become head coach By Brad Biggs, Tribune reporter
6:41 p.m. CST, January 2, 2013
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is ready to become a head coach in the estimation of Peyton Manning.
The Broncos practiced Wednesday for the first time this week during their bye as the top seed in the AFC playoffs, and players in the locker room gave complete support to McCoy, who is scheduled to be interviewed by Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery this weekend. McCoy also has interviews lined up with the Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills. Rumors are more teams could be involved at some point, although all interviews must be completed by Sunday evening. Then, McCoy is off limits until the Broncos’ season ends.
“I think he’s ready,” Manning said. “I think he’s paid his dues. Mike’s a good leader. He’s had some good coaches that have been mentors to him, different coaches that he’s worked with in his years in the NFL that I think he’s incorporated some of their leadership philosophies and his own philosophy.
“I tell you, he’s a worker. We spent a lot of hours together — early mornings, late nights — trying to get kind of our plan in place for what kind of offense we were going to be. There is no substitute for work ethic, and Mike certainly has that. In my opinion, he deserves a shot at one of these head coaching jobs.”
The Broncos finished the regular season fourth in total offense, averaging 397.9 yards per game, and second in points at 30.1. They reached the playoffs a year ago with the NFL’s top-ranked rushing offense, a plan McCoy engineered on the fly when the change was made to quarterback Tim Tebow after the fifth game.
“He’s really a guy that can set his ego aside and really mold something around the guys that he has,” left guard Zane Beadles said. “Obviously, he has done a good job of that the last couple years being as different as these offenses have been. He’s willing to listen and take input and stuff like that.”