Cardinals to name Mike McCoy OC

Elias Hubbard
January 27, 2018

New Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks is apparently on the verge of making his first major hire in that role.

The Cardinals officially hired former Chargers coach Mike McCoy Friday to lead their offense, a crucial piece on a staff given Wilks' defensive roots.

McCoy has been coaching for 18 seasons and was head coach of the San Diego Chargers for four seasons (2013-16), plus offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos for five seasons (2009-12, '17).

McCoy was an assistant at Carolina for nine seasons before going to Denver.

McCoy has experience in several offensive schemes and Wilks, whose coaching background is entirely on the defensive side of the ball, has made it clear he wants a strong running game. The Broncos had to deal with an unstable quarterback situation, but that did not matter much in terms of McCoy's job security in Mile High City. He was the defensive line coach at Lafayette for two seasons (2006-08), worked as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Kutztown University (2004-05) and spent six seasons (1998-2003) at Bloomsburg University as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.

While working with Holcomb, Kuechly earned NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2013 and has been selected to five consecutive Pro Bowls (2013-17) while also being named first-team All-Pro four times (2013-15, '17).

With Holcomb overseeing the linebacker corps, the Panthers finished third in the National Football League in sacks, seventh in overall defense and third in run defense. Denver finished the season ranked 17th in the National Football League in total offense (324.1 ypg), 12th in rushing offense (115.8 ypg), 20th in passing offense (208.3 ypg) and 27th in scoring offense (18.1 ppg). Arians has been leading the Cardinals for five years.

Like Arians, Wilks will start his head coaching career with the Arizona Cardinals.

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