Mike McCoy (American football coach)
McCoy in 2013
|Born:||April 1, 1972|
San Francisco, California
|High school:||Novato (CA) San Marin|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season:||27–37 (.422)|
|Coaching stats at PFR|
Michael P. McCoy (born April 1, 1972) is a former American football coach and player. He has previously spent time as quarterbacks coach for the Carolina Panthers, the offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals, and four seasons as head coach of the San Diego Chargers.
After graduating from San Marin High School in Novato, California, McCoy attended California State University, Long Beach, where he redshirted his first year. During his redshirt freshman season in 1991, McCoy played in eight games for the Long Beach State 49ers, starting five of them. He completed 87 of 165 passes for 938 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. When Long Beach State discontinued its football program in December 1991, McCoy transferred to the University of Utah. In his first season with the Utes, he served primarily as the backup to senior Frank Dolce. He saw action in six games, starting two contests while Dolce was injured. He continued as the starter for the 1993 and 1994 seasons, with career totals at Utah of 7,404 yards passing, 49 TD, 23 Int, completing 63.7% for a rating of 146.1.
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 over Arizona in the Freedom Bowl. He led the Utes to a season ending top ten national ranking.
After he wasn't selected in the 1995 NFL Draft, McCoy signed with the Denver Broncos as a rookie free agent, but was cut during the preseason. In November that year, the Green Bay Packers signed him to their practice squad following injuries to Brett Favre and his backup Ty Detmer. McCoy also had stints with the Amsterdam Admirals, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks. McCoy played two years in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders behind Dave Dickenson.
After the 2008 season, Mike McCoy was hired to be the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the Denver Broncos. In 2009, then-Broncos QB Kyle Orton enjoyed a career year under McCoy, posting career highs in virtually every passing category. The following year, the Broncos passing attack ranked seventh in the NFL, and Orton ranked fourth in the league in passing yards per game. McCoy revamped the Broncos offense in 2011 to accommodate Tim Tebow's skill-set, and the Broncos led the NFL in rushing.
In addition to the Bears, the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, and Philadelphia Eagles also asked and were granted permission to interview McCoy for their vacant head coaching positions during the Broncos' playoff bye week. When asked about McCoy being a hot head coaching candidate, Denver head coach John Fox responded, "he’s a heck-of-a coach."
San Diego Chargers
On January 15, 2013, McCoy became the head coach of the San Diego Chargers, succeeding Norv Turner. McCoy was the youngest active head coach in the NFL and the second-youngest in team history; Al Saunders was 39 years old when he became head coach in 1986. He earned his first win as a head coach on September 15, 2013, against Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Starting the season with a paltry 4–6 record, the Chargers won 5 of their last 6 games – winning 4 straight to end the season – and finished the regular season with a 9–7 record. McCoy led the Chargers to a playoff berth as the AFC's 6th seed. The Chargers had not made the playoffs since 2009. McCoy's Chargers upset the Cincinnati Bengals to a 27–10 victory in the Wild Card round. This was the Chargers' first playoff victory since 2008. The Chargers' win streak would end in the next round of the playoffs with a 24–17 loss to the eventual AFC Champion Denver Broncos.
Despite their success in 2013, the Chargers went 9–7, 4–12 and 5–11 in the next three seasons. McCoy was fired on January 1, 2017 after their 37–27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. McCoy ended his Chargers tenure with a 28–38 record. A little over two weeks later the Chargers announced their intention to move to Los Angeles after 56 years in San Diego, making McCoy the last person to coach a professional football team in the city until Mike Martz coached the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football in 2019. To date he is the last person to coach an NFL team in the city.
Return to Denver
On January 25, 2018, McCoy was hired by the Arizona Cardinals as the offensive coordinator, replacing Harold Goodwin. On October 19, 2018, McCoy was fired after offensive struggles with the team and was replaced by Byron Leftwich.
Head coaching record
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|SD||2013||9||7||0||.563||3rd in AFC West||1||1||.500||Lost to Denver Broncos in AFC Divisional Game|
|SD||2014||9||7||0||.563||3rd in AFC West||–|
|SD||2015||4||12||0||.267||4th in AFC West||–|
|SD||2016||5||11||0||.313||4th in AFC West||–|
NFL head coaches under whom Mike McCoy has served:
- George Seifert, Carolina Panthers (2000–2001)
- John Fox, Carolina Panthers (2002–2008)
- Josh McDaniels, Denver Broncos (2009–2010)
- Eric Studesville, Denver Broncos (2010) Interim
- John Fox, Denver Broncos (2011–2012)
- Vance Joseph, Denver Broncos (2017)
- Steve Wilks, Arizona Cardinals (2018)
Assistant coaches under Mike McCoy who became NFL head coaches:
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- Robinson, Doug (October 31, 1992). "Utes' Slim Hopes Of WAC Title On The Line". Deseret News. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
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- "A Favre-out rematch?". Telegraph-Herald. Associated Press. November 12, 1995. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
- "Broncos Hire Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy : Youth Movement Continues". Retrieved February 25, 2009.
- "NFL Playoff Capsule: Broncos at Patriots". CNN. January 12, 2012.
- Rosenthal, Gregg (December 31, 2012). "Lovie Smith fired as Chicago Bears coach". National Football League. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
- "Broncos' Mike McCoy to talk with four teams". BroncoTalk. January 2, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
- "Chargers hire Mike McCoy". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
- "Chargers Dismiss Mike McCoy". San Diego Chargers. January 1, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
- Mason, Andrew (January 13, 2017). "Broncos name Mike McCoy offensive coordinator". Retrieved January 13, 2017.
- Around the NFL staff (January 25, 2018). "Cardinals to hire Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator". Retrieved January 25, 2018.
- Weinfuss, Josh (October 19, 2018). "Cardinals fire OC Mike McCoy, promote Byron Leftwich to role". Retrieved October 19, 2018.
- "A Look Back: Get to Know Mike McCoy". NFL.com. July 15, 2013. Retrieved January 12, 2017.