Bowles as DC might have worked against McCoy
McCoy, as I reported earlier in this space, was confident he was going to get the Dolphins job. At 39 years old, he was the only one of the finalists that fit into Stephen Ross’s desire to hire “a young Don Shula.”
But that’s not the reason McCoy was so confident. Turns out he was reading signs from the team. He gauged their enthusiasm following his first meeting with them Monday. And he was even more confident after flying to New York for a Thursday interview because that went a full eight hours—nine hours if you count the meal—and afterward general manager Jeff Ireland told McCoy that if things went as expected, the team would send a plane for McCoy and the family to bring them from Denver back to South Florida on Friday. But it never got to that point and McCoy thinks he knows the reason.
Seems during the McCoy interview, the topic of defensive coordinator came up. And the Dolphins told McCoy they really liked Todd Bowles and would like him to hire Bowles as the defensive coordinator.
At any rate, McCoy didn’t agree to hiring Bowles as his defensive coordinator. He told the Dolphins that as a first time head coach, and an offensive-minded coach at that, he’d like to hire an experienced defensive coordinator. He told the Dolphins he’d like someone that had done the job and succeeded in the job previously so he could concentrate more on upgrading the Miami offense.
Mike McCoy--flexible enough to change his entire offensive system, but apparently not flexible when it comes to defensive coordinators.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! By now, everyone knows that Mike McCoy lost out in his bid to become the head coach of the Dolphins, who instead chose Packers OC Joe Philbin. And while a certain segment of the fan base thinks they could do a better job of calling plays than him, there is no doubt that retaining McCoy is the best thing for Tim Tebow's future as a quarterback and with the Broncos. Unless he suddenly becomes a candidate for the Tampa or Indy job, or Reggie McKenzie overlooks McCoy's snub from earlier in the week, the former QB will be entering his third season as Denver's OC.
Just as was the case heading into the 2011 season, nothing could be more important for Tebow's development than continuity. Denver call-in shows have likely spent the week suggesting candidates to replace (and upgrade over) McCoy, but we should all be letting out a big sigh of relief. McCoy understands Tim's strengths and weaknesses and how he learns, and he's seen them on display everyday at Dove Valley for the past two years. He's already shown a willingness and commitment to adapt his playbook for Tebow in a way most OCs likely would not; can anyone imagine Mike Shanahan doing such a thing? Mike Martz? McCarthy? Payton? Think any of those offensive geniuses would take over the Broncos if they were forced to have Tebow as their starting QB?
Per Adam Schefter: Filed to ESPN: Miami plans to hire Joe Philbin as its head coach.
This after Klis wrote that McCoy had a marathon 16-hour interview with the Dolphins over the last two days.
(Note: This is the first part in a
Epic mini ten-part series on the Worst Moves of 2011; We'll also be doing a ten-part mini on the Ten Best Moves of 2011)
When John Elway and John Fox entered the 2011 season, one thing stood out above all others, and it had nothing to do with Tim Tebow.
The Broncos had a glut at the wide receiver position. Coming back were All-Pro Brandon "The Pretzel" Lloyd, jackknife Eddie Royal, Jabar "Steadyhands" Gaffney, and a whole host of hotshot whippersnappers like Eric "GQ" Decker, Demaryius "MiniTron" Thomas, Matthew "Don't call me Matt" Willis. Add in a hyped-up tight end class from the 2011 Draft and the Broncos had a problem.
Too many hands and not enough balls (yeah, I just wrote that).
At the same time, the Broncos had potential holes on the defensive line. Compounding the problem was the 2011 Draft, in which, for the second straight year, the Broncos completely ignored the defensive tackle.
For Sale On eBay: ‘Tebowing’ Grilled Cheese
A burnt grilled cheese sandwich featuring the now-unmistakable image of the Denver quarterback kneeling in prayer, or “Tebowing,” is up for auction on eBay. Since the auction started Jan. 14, bidding has reached $85 – as of this posting — with 46 separate bids being made on the bumbled lunch-turned-must-have eBay item of the moment.
As of the time of this post, only $100.99 for a bite of Tebowmania! And only 33 minutes left to bid!
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel says the Dolphins are expected to announce their head coaching decision this morning, with Mike McCoy still considered the frontrunner by several sources. As Jeff Legwold notes, superagent Drew Rosenhaus, who represents several Dolphins, hit the airwaves yesterday saying he believes McCoy will be the choice. Meanwhile, Dave Hyde is reminding Miami fans that the team's most high profile coaching hires haven't worked out, so he suggests that hiring a lesser known coach like McCoy or Joe Philbin is perhaps preferable.
As for the Broncos, it will be interesting to see how McCoy structures his staff should he get the gig; usually departing coordinators are allowed to take an assistant or two from their old team with them. This is pure speculation, but one might figure the guys John Fox brought with him from Carolina would stick around, while any of Brian Callahan (quality control, offense), Clancy Barone (tight ends) or Eric Studesville (running backs), who were all hired by Josh McDaniels, could be more likely to go with McCoy. We've already heard that QB coach Adam Gase would likely become the new OC, with Buffs assistant Rip Scherer taking the QB coaching spot.
Time has come for Miami Dolphins’ final coaching decision
None of the candidates had been informed of a decision as of Thursday evening.
...there were indications Thursday that it remained a tight race between the two offensive coordinators, with Bowles a fallback option if Ross cannot decide between Philbin and McCoy.
The Dolphins were impressed by McCoy, and he reportedly has the support of Ireland, whose opinions carry significant weight with Ross. But Ross also thinks very highly of Philbin, according to associates.
If Ireland is supporting McCoy, I have a hard time believing McCoy is going to finish as the runner up. Dolphins owner Steve Ross really does put a lot of trust in Ireland. You may recall that Ireland is the same guy who received little more than a wrist slap after asking Dez Bryant if his mom was a prostitute.
PLAN B: The Broncos are prepared for Mike McCoy’s departure
Multiple sources have confirmed that the Dolphins were blown away by McCoy’s performance in his initial interview. Couple that with the fact that McCoy has a solid relationship with current Miami quarterback Matt Moore from their days together in Carolina and McCoy has an advantage over other coaching candidates…
The Broncos have requested to speak with Colorado Buffaloes assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer. Multiple sources have told me that if McCoy does in fact leave the Broncos, Scherer is a 100 percent lock to join the Broncos staff…The ones that I have talked to believe that if and when Scherer joins the staff, it is more likely that he will come on as the quarterbacks coach and that the man currently in that position, Adam Gase, would move to offensive coordinator, something that many Broncos fans might not want to hear.
Brandon Spano says Adam Gase would likely be elevated to OC should Mike McCoy head out of town, but he also suggests that many Broncos fans might be unhappy with such a development. Obviously, he's referring to the segment that bizarrely called for McCoy's ouster for his perceived lack of turning Tebow loose, as Phil Simms put it the other evening.
That aside, a promotion of Gase makes all the sense in the world, most especially for...none other than Tim Tebow. Retaining Gase and handing him the reins to the offense is the only move that would maintain some measure of continuity for Tim, and what could be more important for a young QB with such a crucial offseason ahead of him? Even if hiring Scherer would mean Tebow's third QB coach in his three years (after Ben McDaniels and Gase himself), Gase's unmatched familiarity among exisiting staff with Tebow and the progress he has made, his strengths and weaknesses, is a commodity the Broncos could not afford to lose if McCoy were to move on.
The other thing to consider is that if the team were to import a new OC from outside the organization, that coach would undoubtedly desire to put his own stamp on the offense. And let's be honest - with the deficiencies in Tebow's passing skills, how likely is he to stand much of a chance to win a QB competition within the framework of some outsider's offense? Tim has enough on his plate these next few months - acclimating himself to a new offense, nomenclature, and developing a relationship with a new OC? It would be an unmitigated disaster. (h/t RSH, Esq)
The Patriot Way Is Now A Load Of S%^@
When Sports Illustrated takes a poll and finds that 97 percent of retired players or whatever have no regret about their playing days despite missing three functional limbs and half a brain, that should be a signal to you that most players in the league are just as passionate about football as supposedly MEGA-PASSIONATE players like Tim Tebow (drafted by Josh McDaniels). If you saw Mike Vick play this season, you know that he nearly killed himself trying to get the Eagles back to .500. Michael Vick really likes playing football. And yet, Tebow gets held up as some kind gold standard for WANTING TO WIN, as if his desire somehow far outstrips everyone else’s in the sport. It doesn’t…
...In fact, McDaniels and Pioli took the Patriot Way and distorted it into something far more ineffective and idiotic. Belichick signs players that he believes will be able to fill a specific role and do so at a reasonable price. That’s why he gambled and signed Albert Haynesworth this offseason. Haynesworth is no one’s idea of a motivated football player, but Belichick thought he could do a certain job at a good value. Haynesworth failed to do this, of course, because he’s a piece of S#!t. But that signing was about finding the right person for the task, not about trying to build a team of magical super-character chemistry unicorns.
...Pioli, on the other hand, is making those bull#@%! “intangibles” the centerpiece of his drafting strategy, which is the precise opposite of how a pro sports team should be run in the 21st century. Throwing away the stats and choosing guys who were captains of their college teams is only a good idea if you’re THE OLDEST WHITE SPORTSWRITER ALIVE. It’s a complete regression. It’s like putting Colin Cowherd in charge of your team. “Screw his 40 time. What I want to know is ... who’s his daddy?” The Chiefs are f#$@ed, and so is any team that thinks it can replicate the Patriot Way without realizing what it really is, and without the best coach in football running the show.
TIM TEBOW Gets a Taste of Sin City
The Denver Broncos quarterback was spotted strolling through the Bellagio hotel last night along with his brother and a friend ... after catching a performance of the Cirque du Soleil show, “O.”...
...We asked how Tebow would be spending his first free weekend in months ... and the rep told us, “He’s looking forward to going to church.”
Forget torn cartilage. Forget a bruised rib. Forget rehab. When I'm feeling down, I'm hitting the mother#$!^ing aquatic theater, you beotches.
And now, if you'll excuse me, I need about five minues of alone time. Actually, make that two minutes. I just noticed the sirens in the body suits.
Yeah, it's a slow day until we hear about Mike McCoy.