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Q&A With Mike McCoy

Posted Jan 19, 2011

Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy spoke with DenverBroncos.com about reuniting with Head Coach John Fox and building on his play-calling experience from last season.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- For Mike McCoy, 2011 will mark his third season as offensive coordinator for the Broncos -- and eighth working under new Head Coach John Fox.

In Carolina, McCoy worked under Fox for seven seasons in a variety of offensive roles with the Panthers before joining the Broncos in 2009. He assumed primary play-calling duties for the first time in his career at the end of last season, leading Denver to an average of 22 points per game in four contests.

Entering his 12th NFL season, McCoy has overseen six 3,000-yard passing seasons from his quarterbacks, including four from Carolina's Jake Delhomme and two from Kyle Orton. In 2010, Orton ranked fourth in the NFL with 281 passing yards per game, and Tim Tebow, who started the team's final three games, recorded the highest passer rating (82.1) of the NFL’s eight rookie starting quarterbacks.

McCoy spoke with DenverBroncos.com about working with Fox and looking toward next season.

Are you excited to be reunited with John Fox?
"It's a great opportunity to get back together with him. That's a big reason why I'm still here."

What went into your decision to stay in Denver?
"There were a couple other teams that were very interested in bringing me in, in the same role that I have now. I talked with Coach Fox a couple days before he was actually coming here, when I knew he was coming in for the interview, and then of course he got delayed because of the snow. That doesn't happen very often in Carolina. So that kind of stirred some things up, and our communication went on for a couple of days. I was trying to help him prepare for everything and give him some tips on what was happening here and my opinion on where I was going. Then when he got the job, it was just an opportunity to say, 'What do we want to do? Do we want to move the family? Do we want to stay here?' We always said we wanted to be here as long as possible, so it was a great opportunity for us to stay."

What does Coach Fox bring to the team?
"Energy. Excitement. He's a winner. The players are going to do anything they can to help him win. He's a great leader, and everyone in the entire organization I think will rally around him. He's a people person. He cares about people -- he does a great job with that. Whether it's the 2-year-old running around or the grandma with the 2-year-old, he's great with people. I think everyone's going to be very thankful that he's here. He's going to do a great job of leading this organization, and that's who he is. He is who he is. The way you see him in public, the way you see him with the media, that's John Fox. He's not going to hide anything. His true colors come out at all times and that's just his personality. That's the type of person he is."

What did you learn in the final four games of the season as a play-caller?
"There's always going to be a few plays you want to have back. But you work all week long with the other coaches, you're all in, you work Monday through Saturday night trying to put the best plan together and you've just got to go with your gut. You've got to make certain plays, you've got to do what you think's best for the football team, keep certain guys involved, and there's certain adjustments you've got to make. Every game's different. It's never the same. You've got to be ready for the unexpected from time to time -- an injury, you put yourself in a bad situation from one play to another -- but you've just got to keep plugging away and do what you think's best for the football team. You can't be distracted by what other people think from week-to-week or what some players might want to say during gameday. You've got to take everything into consideration, but just keep going. Keep plugging away. You're going to make a call that you wish you had back, but hey, that's all part of the game."

Are you looking forward to building on some of the late-season success?
"Definitely. That's definitely going to help our future here, having the experience I got the last couple weeks calling the plays the last four games and learning from that. To kind of know now that there are some things I'll do differently during the week or on Sunday mornings or Sundays during the game, there are some adjustments I can make to do a better job. I've said this a number of times, but there's always going to be something you want back. There are some little things I can do to help make it easier, whether it's communication on the sideline, coach-to-quarterback, things like that."

John Elway said on Twitter that the entire staff plans to meet for the first time at the Senior Bowl. What do you hope to accomplish there?
"I think Coach Fox will have his message to the staff of the direction we're headed. 'Hey, we're in this together, we're all in this as one.' Then we'll come back here and get going."

With the 2010 playoffs still going on, when do you start focusing on next season?
"We're already working on that, and that's what Coach Fox is doing trying to finalize the staff. A number of staff members are still staying, which is great for us as an offense. They'll know what we want to do with the players we have. Normally at this time of year you're moving on and starting to evaluate certain things, but our number one goal right now is to put the staff together. Then once we get back from the Senior Bowl, we'll start putting our book together, start letting the new guys learn the personnel and get some ideas of what direction we're going to head in as a staff."