Definitive Design – Mike McCoy
Author- Bryan Trulen
Mike McCoy, the estranged ex coach of a Charger team that up until yesterday was still in operation was recently fired after a four year run as head coach. To understand McCoy we first must understand where he came from. A former college quarterback at the University of Utah, McCoy threw for over 4,000 Yards and 49 touchdowns during his college career. After his three year experiment with the Canadian Football League left him as a backup McCoy turned to coaching around 2000.
Cutting his teeth for nine years on John Fox’s Panthers staff gave McCoy the opportunity to gain experience as an offensive assistant and passing game coordinator later on during his tenure. McCoy used this experience to become a Coordinator for Denver from 2009-2012 a time period in which he enjoyed tremendous success working with quarterbacks such as Tim Tebow, Kyle Orton and Peyton Manning. In 2013, San Diego brought McCoy in to become Head Coach. During his time in San Diego, Phillip Rivers enjoyed some of the best statistical season of his career and played some of the best football of his career operating as the triggerman of the McCoy Offense.
One of McCoy’s strengths as a perimeter game designer is in how he utilizes receiving threats in terms of spacing, particularly before the snap of the ball.