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Peyton Manning on Bears’ candidate McCoy: ‘He’s ready’
Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, a candidate for head coaching positions with the Bears, Cardinals and Bills, received an endorsement from quarterback Peyton Manning.
”He’s ready. He’s paid his dues,” Manning told Tom Kensler of the Denver Post. ”Mike’s a good leader. He’s got some good coaches that have been mentors to him, different coaches that he’s worked with in the NFL that I think he’s incorporated some of their leadership philosophies and his own philosophy.”
With McCoy as offensive coordinator, the Broncos were fourth in the NFL in total offense in 2012 (398 yards per game) and scored 49 offensive touchdowns, tied for third in the NFL. It helps to have Manning at quarterback. But McCoy also is credited with developing an offense around Tim Tebow last season. With Tebow at quarterback, the Broncos were 31st in passing in 2011, but first in rushing and scored enough points to make the playoffs and win a playoff game. That’s something the Bears have done just once in the last six seasons.
”I tell you, he’s a worker,” Manning said of the 40-year-old McCoy. ”We spend a lot of hours together –early mornings, late nights –trying to get our game plan in place. There is no substitute for work ethic, and Mike certainly has that. In my opinion, he deserves a shot at one of these head coaching jobs.”