Tebow’s former coordinator not interested in reunion

Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy has a more extensive – and successful – history with Tim Tebow than any other coach in the NFL. Post to FacebookPosted!A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.
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Tebow’s former coordinator not interested in reunion
Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY Sports6:53 p.m. EDT May 10, 2013Tim Tebow, left, had success working with former Broncos offensive coordiantor Mike McCoy, who is now head coach of the San Diego Chargers.(Photo: Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports)
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New Chargers head coach Mike McCoy says he’s happy with current roster
McCoy called plays during Tebo’s 18 starts with Broncos
Tebow was cut loose by New York Jets last month
SAN DIEGO – New San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy has a more extensive – and successful – history with Tim Tebow than any other coach in the NFL.

McCoy was the Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator and called plays for Tebow in the quarterback’s 16 starts in 2010 and 2011, including two playoff games.

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So as Tebow approaches his second week of unemployment since being released by the New York Jets, could a reunion with McCoy be possible in San Diego?

Not likely, McCoy told USA TODAY Sports on Friday after the first day of the Chargers rookie minicamp.

“We’re very happy with our roster we currently have,” McCoy said.

McCoy and the Broncos coaching staff reworked their entire offensive playbook to install a read-option offense for Tebow midway through the 2011 season. But that read-option will not be part of the Chargers scheme under quarterback Philip Rivers. McCoy said the Chargers are also happy with backup Charlie Whitehurst.

In saying he was satisfied with the overall roster, McCoy seemed to indicate the Chargers wouldn’t look at bringing Tebow to San Diego to play a different position. The only glaring hole on the Chargers’ roster now is at left tackle.

San Diego has have recently hosted veterans Bryant McKinnie and Max Starks on free agent visits. McKinnie re-signed with the Baltimore Ravens, but Starks remains a possibility. Until then, King Dunlap is expected to be with the first-team offense when the team holds its first full-team organized team activity practice on Monday.

“You’ll know if we make any changes,” McCoy said.

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4 Responses to “Tebow’s former coordinator not interested in reunion”

  1. Sage says:

    SD looks like a team on the decline, and McCoy will accelerate it.

    He was a McDaniels yes-man until Tebow and Manning made him look (to those who aren’t very astute) like a smart OC.

    I’ve heard it was Tebow who taught McCoy to use the read-option that is gaining traction in the league, not the other way around.

    • Larry says:

      That’s true. Also, it was Fox who wanted to switch to an option offense-McCoy didn’t want to. Ironically, McCoy didn’t want to switch because he thought it would make him look bad. Instead, he got a bunch of head coaching interviews following that season.

      • tawk2 says:

        Sage and Larry you are both right Tim had to teach McCoy the read option offense and McCoy was not happy about it. Then he gets all these offers after the season when in reality it was Tim who taught him what to do.

        And the naysayers cannot say this is wrong because I believe I even heard it out of McCoy’s own mouth during an interview when Tim was playing I know I heard John Fox admit it as well.

  2. Sage says:

    But I will give McCoy credit for one play, the very big play during the Broncos’ sudden-death overtime win over the Steelers.

    For so long McCoy ran the ball on first down, with such monotonous, absurd consistency, as he all but *destroyed* Tim’s chance to a good stats sheet, McCoy did actually manage to set up the ultimate surprise play with a throw on first-down in overtime.

    It worked to perfection on that play, but if McCoy had been even a little more competent throughout that day or the rest of the season the Broncos would have had far more success in 2011. That’s what I think of Mike McCoy.

    Have fun Philip Rivers. Under McCoy, Kyle Orton had a bit of success for a few weeks, and then the scheme became very predictable and the team went — what was it? — about 5 and 26 until Tebow Time.

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