Found December 20, 2012 on The Broad Street Journal:
Philadelphia-eagles
With the end of the Andy Reid era on the horizon, many names have been floated out there as possible replacements for Reid. John Gruden, Bill Cowher, Nick Saban, Chip Kelly, Brian Kelly. We’ve heard all those names over and over again. Not many people are talking about Mike McCoy though. McCoy, who is currently the offensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos, has said to have been responsible in large part for the team’s offensive success over the last few years, which included leading the NFL in total offense through 10 games with Kyle Orton at quarterback, and most memorably, an unimagineable playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers with Tim Tebow playing quarterback. When you’re scoring points and winning games with the likes of Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow, you’re doing something. In both situations, Mike McCoy showed that he could make huge adjustments, and adapt to the quarterback and players that he was working with. That is one of the most important qualities a good head coach can have, and one that Andy Reid has clearly never possessed. People like to brand Andy Reid as some kind of quarterback guru, like he’s developed a bunch of great quarterbacks. He hasn’t developed ****. Donovan McNabb was came into the league as the 2nd overall pick. He came in with talent, and he was good (not great), but what did he really ever do? He won a lot of games, and threw for a lot of yards, but he never won anything. Michael Vick, one of the most electrifying players ever, is a turn-over machine with a 55% career completion percentage. Did Andy Reid fix that? Vick will be the Eagle’s 3rd quarterback this Sunday behind a rookie, and a career journeyman. Sure, Reid flipped A.J. Feeley and Kevin Kolb for 2nd round picks, but what the hell have either of them done in the NFL besides steal paychecks? Did Andy Reid ever develop anyone? Of course not. He never even managed to play to his quarterbacks’ strengths. I would trust Mike McCoy to make something out of Nick Foles much more than I would Andy Reid. Mike McCoy went from running the read-option with H-Back, Tim Tebow, (which was actually pretty effective), to a spread-em-out-and-throw-it, no-huddle system with Peyton Manning, and he’s worked very well in both systems. As much as we want an elite defense in this town, it’s an offensive league. The rules are set that way, and the games are officiated that way. You have to score points to win games in the new NFL, and McCoy has scored a lot of points over the past few years with three different quarterbacks. People close to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie have said quietly that Lurie would be looking for an offensive minded coach if replacing Andy Reid became a reality. McCoy is definitely offensive minded. Of course it’s hard to judge McCoy’s success with Peyton Manning, being that Manning is basically his own offensive coordinator, but working with Manning so closely has no doubt shown McCoy what a real quarterback is. He already knows what one isn’t. The Broncos currently rank 5th in total offense, and maybe more importantly, even with Peyton Manning throwing the ball all over the place, they still rank 9th in rushing attempts. They run a very balanced scheme, which could never be said about Andy Reid and the Eagles. The other thing I like about Mike McCoy is that he’s not some green assistant, or college coach with some outlandish scheme that won’t work in the NFL. Sorry Chip Kelly. He’s been courted several times already to be an NFL head coach, most recently with the Miami Dolphins. McCoy was rumored to be Dolphin’s GM, Jeff Ireland’s top choice, but it was believed he wasn’t hired because he wanted to replace, guess who? Todd Bowles as the defensive coordinator. Joe Philbin agreed to keep Bowles and ended up getting the job. If Jeffrey Lurie is looking for the next up-and-coming assistant, Mike McCoy is about as close as it gets. I don’t buy much into the whole “coaching tree” stuff, but I do like the fact that McCoy has worked with John Fox and Jack DelRio. I think starting over fresh with a guy who has worked with good coaches and a great quarterback, who is also willing and able to make adjustments in philosophy is a great idea. I’d much rather have that, than someone whose heart is really in analyzing games than it is coaching them.
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