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Mike McCoy
Offensive Coordinator
San Francisco

Mike McCoy enters his first year as offensive coordinator on Broncos Head Coach Vance Joseph’s staff in 2017 after previously serving in that role with the team from 2009-12.

McCoy, who has 17 seasons of NFL coaching experience, spent the past four seasons (2013-16) as head coach of the San Diego Chargers and also worked nine years on the offensive staff with the Carolina Panthers from 2000-08.

Mike McCoy enters his first year as offensive coordinator on Broncos Head Coach Vance Joseph’s staff in 2017 after previously serving in that role with the team from 2009-12.

McCoy, who has 17 seasons of NFL coaching experience, spent the past four seasons (2013-16) as head coach of the San Diego Chargers and also worked nine years on the offensive staff with the Carolina Panthers from 2000-08.

McCoy’s offenses have finished in the NFL’s top 10 in three of the past five seasons, averaging 373.3 yards per game during that stretch. He has coached eight offensive players to a total of 10 Pro Bowl selections during his NFL career while working with quarterbacks who have totaled 10 3,000-yard passing seasons, including five 4,000-yard campaigns.

During his four seasons as San Diego’s head coach, the Chargers’ offense ranked ninth in the league in total offense (365.9) and second in third down percentage (44.6). San Diego also ranked fifth in the NFL in both net passing yards per game (269.0) and passing touchdowns (126) during that stretch.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers finished with his three highest single-season completion percentage marks under McCoy while averaging more than 31 touchdown passes a year. The veteran signal-caller earned Comeback Player of the Year honors from the Associated Press in 2013 after completing a career-best 69.5 percent of his passes (378-of-544) for 4,478 yards with 32 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions (105.5 rtg.).

McCoy was the Broncos’ offensive coordinator for quarterback Peyton Manning’s first season in Denver in 2012, helping him earn Comeback Player of the Year honors after passing for a then-franchise record 4,659 yards with 37 touchdowns.

Before Manning’s arrival in Denver, McCoy revamped Denver’s 2011 offense to suit the skillset of quarterback Tim Tebow, who took over as the starter after Week 5. The Broncos, who ranked 23rd in the NFL in rushing from 2009-10 (105.6 ypg) and were 20th in the league (101.8 ypg) through five games in 2011, made a dramatic turnaround with their new run-oriented offense and finished as the league’s No. 1 rushing attack with a franchise-record 2,632 yards on the ground.

In 2010, McCoy oversaw the NFL’s seventh-ranked passing offense, as quarterback Kyle Orton ranked fourth in the league with 281 passing yards per game. He also helped tutor Tebow, who opened Denver’s last three contests in 2010 and registered the highest quarterback rating (82.1) of the eight rookie starting signal-callers in the league. Under McCoy’s guidance, wide receiver Brandon Lloyd led the NFL in receiving yards (1,448) and earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2010, while becoming just the fourth wide receiver in team history to receive Associated Press All-Pro honors.

In his first year as Denver’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 2009, McCoy helped Orton reach career highs in every passing category while tying for fifth in the NFL and matching a club record with 10 90.0+passer rating games. Ryan Clady’s work at left tackle was recognized around the league with him earning the first Pro Bowl selection of his career and becoming only the fifth tackle since the 1970 league merger to be named a first-team Associated Press All-Pro by his second NFL season.

McCoy’s offense in 2009 featured another Pro Bowl pick in wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who tied for third in the league with 101 receptions, including an NFL-record 21 in one game. Running back Knowshon Moreno also enjoyed a productive season, earning All-Rookie honors after becoming just the 14th player since the 1970 NFL merger to lead league rookies in rushing yards (947), yards from scrimmage (1,160) and total touchdowns (9).

The Panthers totaled three playoff appearances, two division titles, two NFC Championship Game appearances and a berth in Super Bowl XXXVIII (2003 season) during McCoy’s nine years on staff from 2000-08. Carolina tied for the second-best record in the NFC (T-7th in NFL) from 2003-08, posting a 56-40 (.583) mark with McCoy seeing an increased role in coaching its offense in that six-year period.

McCoy worked closely with quarterback Jake Delhomme during six of his nine years coaching with the Panthers, helping the quarterback to his first career Pro Bowl selection (2005) and four 3,000-yard passing seasons (2003-05, ‘08).

As passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach with Carolina from 2007-08, McCoy’s passing offense averaged the seventh-most yards per completion (11.7) in the NFL during that time. Delhomme averaged the fifth-most yards per pass attempt (7.8) in the NFL during McCoy’s two seasons managing Carolina’s passing attack while wide receiver Steve Smith enjoyed similar success, ranking seventh in the league in receiving yards (2,423) over that period.

From 2002-06, McCoy served as the Panthers’ quarterbacks coach and also handled offensive assistant duties for the club during the first year of that period. He helped the Panthers to an NFC South title and their first-ever Super Bowl berth (XXXVIII) during the 2003 season.

McCoy’s coaching career began with Carolina as its offensive assistant in 2000, and he was thrust into the quarterbacks coaching role four weeks into the season. He worked with Carolina’s wide receivers in 2001, overseeing the development of Smith during his rookie campaign.

A quarterback in college, McCoy spent his first two seasons playing for Long Beach State University from 1990-91 under legendary Head Coach George Allen before transferring to the University of Utah for his final two years. His collegiate career ended in dramatic fashion in 1994 when he threw a game-winning, 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kevin Dyson in the final minute to give Utah a 16-13 win against Arizona in the Freedom Bowl.

The Broncos signed McCoy as a college free agent in 1995, and he spent the regular season as a rookie on Green Bay’s practice squad. He saw his first professional playing time with NFL Europe’s Amsterdam Admirals in 1997 and spent one game on San Francisco’s roster as its third quarterback that year. McCoy competed in training camp with Philadelphia in 1998 before concluding his playing career with the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders in 1999.

McCoy was born on April 1, 1972, in San Francisco. He and his wife, Kellie, have one daughter (Olivia) and one son (Luke).

PRO BOWL PLAYERS COACHED (13): G Zane Beadles (2012), T Ryan Clady (2009, ’11-12), QB Jake Delhomme (2005), CB Casey Hayward (2016), WR Brandon Lloyd (2010), QB Peyton Manning (2012), WR Brandon Marshall (2009), RB Willis McGahee (2011), QB Philip Rivers (2013, ‘16), S Darrell Stuckey (2014), WR Demaryius Thomas (2012), CB Jason Verrett (2015), S Eric Weddle (2013-14).

*as head coach, coordinator or primary position coach


Denver Broncos
Offensive Coordinator 2017

San Diego Chargers
Head Coach 2013-16

Denver Broncos
Offensive Coordinator 2010-12
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 2009

Carolina Panthers
Passing Game Coord./Quarterbacks 2007-08
Quarterbacks 2003-06
Quarterbacks/Offensive Assistant 2002
Wide Receivers 2001
Offensive Assistant 2000

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