During his Wednesday press conference, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning gave an official endorsement to offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who is being considered by numerous teams to fill vacancies at head coach within their respective organizations, according to a report by Tom Kenssler of the Denver Post.
“I think he’s ready; I think he’s paid his dues,” said Manning of McCoy, “Mike’s a good leader. He’s had some good coaches that have been mentors to him, different coaches that he’s worked with in his years in the NFL that I think he’s incorporated some of their leadership philosophies and his own philosophy.”
When Manning was asked of McCoy’s work ethic, the 12-time Pro Bowl quarterback had this to offer;
“I tell you, he’s a worker. We spend a lot of hours together — early mornings, late nights — trying to get kind of our plan in place for what kind of offense we were going to be. 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.”
The Philadelphia Eagles already have an interview with McCoy lined up per a report by Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports the interview will happen this Sunday.
But the Eagles aren’t the only franchise interested in McCoy’s services. Other teams reported to have an interest are the Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals.
Other Candidate News
Chip Kelly — Oregon: Kelly is expected to visit with the Eagles this week regarding the Eagles void at head coach per a report by Mike Garafolo of USA Today. A report on Duck Territory claims Kelly is the “Apple of the Eagles eye”.
Bill O’Brien — PSU: A report on Harrisburg Patriot-News confirms that the Eagles indeed have an interest in interviewing Penn State’s Bill O’Brien. To this point, O’Brien has been able to dodge all questions regarding a return to the NFL, and if he would return, the team that gets him would have a hefty price to pay to buy him out.
Falcons Candidates: Earlier on Wednesday the Eagles reported were heading down to Atlanta to conduct interviews with defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and Special Teams Coordinator Keith Armstrong. Falcons OC Dirk Koetter has been removed from the table after Atlanta extended his contract.
Doug Marrone– Syracuse: Reported first by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles could also have an interest in Syracuse Head Coach Doug Marrone. Although Marrone has struggled during his time at Syracuse, posting a 25-25 record.
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