According to 9NEWS Denver's Mike Klis, the Denver Broncos have officially hired former LA/San Diego Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy to be the team's Offensive Coordinator. The Broncos also hired former Oakland Raiders Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave to be the team's Quarterbacks coach.
These are two big-time gets for the Broncos offense
Broncos finalizing offensive blockbuster: McCoy as OC; Bill Musgrave as QB coach. Big for Joseph/Elway to get that kind of talent. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) January 13, 2017
When newly hired Head Coach Vance Joseph met with the media for the first time yesterday, he was asked what he envisions the Broncos offensive identity to be. Vance replied saying that he wants an offense that has some swagger and an up-tempo fast paced offense. These hires show he wasn't messing around.
"I want an offense that is attacking. Being a defensive guy my entire career, only 14 seasons, when you play on offense that is attacking, it makes you be careful of your calls. If an offense was conservative, I loved it because I can be the attacker, but if the offense was attacking, with multiple personnel groups and all types of formations, that is what I want them to look like. I want to score point. Points win. Obviously defense wins championships, but you have to score points. I want an offense with swagger and I want an offense that’s up-tempo and has a chance to score a lot of points."
The Broncos still have a long way to go to improve their offense, but these two hires are clearly a big step forward to doing that.
Mike McCoy will be rejoining the Broncos as their Offensive Coordinator. He was hired back when Josh McDaniel was hired and stayed with the staff when John Fox was hired as well. As an Offensive Coordinator, he got career years out of Kyle Orton and created an offense that made Tim Tebow into a successful player in this league. His offense also flourished with Peyton Manning during his first season with the Broncos. That season under Peyton Manning helped get McCoy the San Diego job.
McCoy also showed he can be flexible with his offense. He fits his scheme around his players, not trying to fit players into his scheme. This was something that Vance Joseph said that he wanted from his Offensive Coordinator during his introductory press conference.
"I’ve been on defense for 14 seasons and every offense that I’ve faced, whether you call it ‘West Coast numbers’, it’s very similar to me, so maybe I don’t know (laughs). It’s the same to me every Sunday. Schematically, that depends. I want a guy that fits the scheme to the players. I want coordinators that put players first and schemes second. If it doesn’t fit the players, let’s not do it. My thought there is ‘players first, scheme second’."
That's exactly who Mike McCoy is, so this signing makes a ton of sense for the Broncos. It is also big for quarterbacks Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian. McCoy will build a playbook around their strengths instead of trying to fit them into their system.
Rankings of team with Mike McCoy as Offensive Coordinator
Now Vance Joseph wasn't done there, He replaced now former Quarterback's Coach Greg Knapp with former Oakland Raiders Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave. This is another big signing for the Broncos offense.
This past season, Musgrave turned the Raiders offense into one of the better units in the league and helped carry them to the postseason for the first time in 15 or so years.
Rankings of team with Bill Musgrave as Offensive Coordinator
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He also helped turn Derek Carr from a promising young quarterback into a potential MVP candidate this season. Now with the Broncos he will have to work with the very raw Paxton Lynch, and 2016 starter Trevor Siemian and try to improve their game.
These are big time hires for the Broncos offense and I expect Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway to continue to emphasize the offense in Free Agency and the Draft this offseason. He was disgusted with the Broncos offensive output in 2016 so these major changes should continue throughout the offseason.
So far so good.