In an indication that the decision to fire Lovie Smith as head coach of the Chicago Bears was made in advanced of the news being reported on Monday, the team has already requested permission to interview Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator Mike McCoy for their head coaching vacancy. The news of the Bears’ request to speak with McCoy was reported simultaneously with the news of Smith being fired as the head coach of the Bears. Fox’s Jay Glazer was the first report that the Bears’ have an interest in McCoy.
The news of the Bears interest in McCoy has been well received on twitter. The expectation is that the Bears will look to hire a young, energetic coordinator with an offensive mind as their next head coach. McCoy would certainly fit the bill, here is an excerpt from Pro Football Talk’s Darin Gantt on McCoy:
The 40-year-old McCoy has experience in multiple systems, from his days as a West Coast offense quarterback to helping make the Tim Tebow experiment work in Denver.
Tapping into quarterback Jay Cutler is clearly a priority, and McCoy has the kind of background to prove he can adjust on the fly, and make the most of a variety of quarterbacks. A proven commodity such as Cutler, with a reliable deep threat in Brandon Marshall is a good place to start. Pro Football Talk
McCoy certainly gets the Bears’ search for a new head coach started in the right direction. Bears’ general manager Phil Emery is expected to conduct a press conference on Tuesday.