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Quesadilla Joe
01-05-2011, 10:22 AM


In the coming weeks, whenever the Chiefs' playoff run ends, coach Todd Haley will be searching for his third offensive coordinator in as many years.

One candidate who would make plenty of sense is Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. He's young, has experience, and possesses some of the skills the Chiefs not only want -- but also need.

There will be other names to come up, of course. The team's search is expected to be nationwide, at various levels. For now, the Chiefs are unlikely to promote from within. The reason is that Kansas City's staff lacks an experienced quarterbacks teacher, which this team needs now that Charlie Weis is leaving to take the coordinator job at the University of Florida.

The Chiefs need someone who can continue grooming Matt Cassel and further help one of the team's promising young coaches, Nick Sirianni, develop into a coach who might someday be a coordinator.

But the problem with the remaining members of this staff -- the ones with enough experience to be considered as coordinator, anyway -- all come from rushing backgrounds. When offensive coaches start their coaching careers, it's often on a particular track: rushing or passing. Without Weis, the Chiefs' staff is now overloaded with assistants from the rushing track, including assistant head coach Maurice Carthon and line coach Bill Muir. Those veteran coaches have been coordinators, but the Chiefs are unlikely to promote them because of the team's need to add a prominent coach from the passing track.

Some other candidates the Chiefs might be interested in, such as Tampa Bay quarterbacks coach Greg Olson, are under contract and therefore aren't expected to be available.

McCoy, on the other hand, will be available as a result of being part of Josh McDaniels' leftover staff in Denver. He's 38 years old and has a history of working with quarterbacks. He worked with the Broncos' passers before focusing this past season only on being the coordinator. When he was with the Carolina Panthers, he helped Jake Delhomme, Matt Moore and Vinny Testaverde each win a game in the same season. McCoy also learned the coaching business partially under Dan Henning, one of Haley's longtime mentors.

Plenty can happen between now and when the Chiefs begin their full search for Weis' replacement. But the team has several criteria it'll be looking for when the time comes, and McCoy seems to fit with several of the Chiefs' most glaring needs.

01-05-2011, 10:26 AM

01-05-2011, 10:27 AM
Nice read, thanks.

01-05-2011, 10:35 AM
Who knows. Nobody had Haley on their radar until Arizona went deep into the playoffs. Looks like another fun off season.