Mike McCoy has plenty of suitors

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy smiles after

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy smiles after his offense scored from the 1-yard line during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High in Denver. (Dec. 30, 2012) (Credit: Getty)

Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is one of the hottest head coaching candidates in this year’s field. And that includes former Eagles coach Andy Reid and Oregon coach Chip Kelly, both of whom have will have multiple interviews this week.

McCoy gets a huge vote of confidence from quarterback Peyton Manning after the two put together a sensational season in 2012. The Broncos earned the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs, and Manning was brilliant in coming back from neck problems that kept him out of the entire 2011 season.

Among the potential landing spots for McCoy: Buffalo, Arizona and the Bears.

“I think he’s ready; I think he’s paid his dues,” Manning said, per Tom Kensler of the Denver Post. “Mike’s a good leader. He’s had some good coaches that have been mentors to him, different coaches that he’s worked with in his years in the NFL that I think he’s incorporated some of their leadership philosophies and his own philosophy.

“I tell you, he’s a worker. We spend a lot of hours together — early mornings, late nights — trying to get kind of our plan in place for what kind of offense we were going to be. There is no substitute for work ethic, and Mike certainly has that. . . . In my opinion, he deserves a shot at one of these head coaching jobs.”

McCoy may have done his best work with the Broncos last year, when he completely revamped the offense when Tim Tebow became the starter. He went from a traditional pro set with Kyle Orton to a read-option style that highlighted Tebow’s running abilities.

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