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Buffalo Bills ask Denver Broncos to interview Mike McCoy


Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has been all over the NFL head coaching rumor mills, and Adam Schefter is reporting that the Buffalo Bills are the most recent team to ask the Denver Broncos to interview McCoy. The Broncos actually denied the San Diego Chargers earlier today when the Chargers asked the Broncos if they could interview an executive in the midst of San Diego’s GM vacancy. I doubt they reject the Bills, because the Broncos accepted the Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears in their requests to interview McCoy.

By my count, this is at least the third instance in which McCoy has been requested for an interview. He had it easy this season with Peyton Manning as his quarterback and leading the offense on the field, but McCoy had to create an innovative offense on short notice when Tim Tebow was named the starting quarterback. His creative thinking and the implementation of the option was one of the key factors in the Denver Broncos making the playoffs and winning a postseason game.

McCoy is another high-profile target in the Bills search for a new head coach. CEO Russ Brandon would like to add former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, and the Bills will also be interviewing Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton and Syracuse Orange head coach Daoug Marrone from the college ranks. Lovie Smith has also shown interest, and the Bills had better call him up for an interview. Smith probably won’t last long on the free agent list.

Russ Brandon said all the right things in a great presser today, but the Bills and their fans need some true action. That action will be seen in how Brandon goes about hiring the new head coach. If it’s Marrone, then the Bills are in trouble. They have set their sights relatively high with regards to the other coaches they are looking at, and Smith and Whisenhunt look like the most attractive options. McCoy has the makings of a quality head coach, so it is wise for Buffalo to ask for an interview.

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