The Denver Broncos have confirmed that news that they’ve fired OC Mike McCoy and promoted QBs coach Bill Musgrave.
Broncos HC Vance Joseph released the following statement regarding the move:
“After careful consideration, I’ve named Bill Musgrave our offensive coordinator for the rest of the season and made the difficult decision to part ways with Mike McCoy.
“Bill will handle all play-calling duties with Klint Kubiak taking over as our quarterbacks coach. Bill is an experienced coordinator and play-caller in this league, and I’m confident he will help get our offense back on track.
“I have a responsibility to do what’s best for our football team. Although this wasn’t an easy decision, we needed to make this change. We have to play a more efficient brand of football offensively as we begin the final stretch of our season.
“Mike is an outstanding coach and a great person. He had a lot of opportunities this offseason, and he chose us. I have the utmost respect for Mike and wish him all the best in the future.”
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Broncos have fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
- Adam Schefter confirms the news and adds that QBs coach Bill Musgrave has been promoted to interim offensive coordinator.
On Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that there was “growing frustration” within the Broncos regarding their offensive scheme.
One issue for the team’s offense is that their offensive playbook is considered “unwieldy” and contained too much this year. Rapoport mentioned that at times this season, the Broncos’ playbook has featured more plays than even when Peyton Manning was playing for them, which seems crazy when you consider who inexperienced the team’s quarterbacks are.
The Broncos attempted to pare down and simplify their scheme this past week in the hope that the team’s play-calling wouldn’t be much of an issue moving forward. However, they still struggled to move the ball against the Bengals.
McCoy, 45, began his NFL coaching career with the Panthers back in 2000 as their quarterbacks coach. He spent nine years in Carolina before departing to take the Broncos’ offensive coordinator position in 2009.
After four years of running the Broncos’ offense, the Chargers hired him as their head coach before firing him after the 2016 season. The Broncos hired him as offensive coordinator soon after.
During his four years in San Diego, McCoy led the Chargers to a record of 27-36 (42.9 percent), which includes one playoff appearance and a playoff win.