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Broncos Loss Adds Coordinator Mike McCoy Into The Head Coaching Mix

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy will continue making the rounds with teams needing a head coach.


When Joe Flacco threw a rainbow-like touchdown pass down the right sidelines, tying the game with 31 seconds remaining in regulation, it forced an overtime with an unexpected outcome. Not only were the Broncos favored to win, they were favored by nearly 10 points. Yet questionable conservatism in the waning moments of the fourth quarter (three straight runs to give the ball back and not trying to move into field goal position after the game was tied), allowed Baltimore to generate a comeback that earned a spot in the AFC Championship game while the Denver Broncos packed up their locker room for a disappointing end that they'll have burnt into their offseason motivations.

It also opened the door for teams still looking to add coaches to their head coaching candidacy list.

Much like Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is a very popular name right now and he's scheduling starting to schedule the remaining interviews that began during Wild Card weekend. According to Jason La Canfora with CBS Sports, the San Diego Chargers have scheduled an interview with McCoy.

According to Mike Klis with The Denver Post, La Canfora's "next" means this Monday. Per Klis' sources, McCoy is already on his way to San Diego and will interview for the position on Monday. It's safe to say that the Chargers are familiar with McCoy after facing him twice this season.

Along with Jay Gruden meeting with the Chargers on Sunday, McCoy joins a candidates list that includes former Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.

Earlier in the day Ian Rapoport also told Gameday Morning on NFL Network that the Arizona Cardinals are expected to go after McCoy. According to Rapoport, if Arizona is unable to grab McCoy, defensive coordinator Ray Horton could be the team's backup plan.

McCoy has also been linked to the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles.

Anthony Cosenza contributed to this report.