Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has a busy weekend ahead of him. While his 13-3, top seeded Broncos enjoy a bye week in the AFC Playoffs, McCoy will interview for head coaching positions with the Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears.
Given that McCoy is a top target for the four teams courting him for vacant head coaching positions, the smartest decision for McCoy may actually be the Bears.
In the Bears, McCoy would inherit a team capable of winning right away. Unlike the rest of McCoy’s suitors, the Bears were on the cusp of a playoff berth in 2012 and proved to be, at the very least, the most talented team that failed to reach the playoffs. Though far from being a Super Bowl caliber team, the Bears would require the least amount of rebuilding in order to compete for an NFL title.
There’s also the quarterback situation. While Bears quarterback Jay Cutler may have developed a reputation for being difficult to work with, Cutler is easily the most talented quarterback within the teams interviewing McCoy and, along with San Diego’s Phillip Rivers, quite possibly the best quarterback among all teams searching for a new head coach. In determining which team has the greatest likelihood for success, Cutlers name should stand out well ahead of Kevin Kolb, Nick Foles and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
It also helps the Bears can offer their head coaching candidates a top-tier receiver like Brandon Marshall and a defense that looks capable of sustaining its performance for at least a couple more years. Not to mention the Bears can compete financially with every team in the league.
The choice should be easy for McCoy, but general manager Phil Emery has to feel McCoy is the right man for the job. Given the shaky performance of Bears general managers over the years, Emery knows this could be the biggest decision of his Bears career.