On Monday morning, the Denver Broncos swiftly reminded everyone that the NFL is, first and foremost, a business by firing offensive coordinator Mike McCoy after 10 games.
McCoy was in the first year of his second stint as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator — he worked for John Fox in the same role from 2009-12 — and spent the previous four seasons (2013-16) as the head coach of the San Diego Chargers.
The announcement that McCoy had been fired sent shockwaves through the NFL. But when it comes down to it, Denver’s offense has been among the worst in the league in 2017.
After the team formally announced their decision, McCoy released the following statement through the Broncos media relations department.
“I’m disappointed that things didn’t work out because this is a special organization and a great place to be. I want to thank Vance for the opportunity he gave me and the entire organization from Mr. B [owner Pat Bowlen] all the way on down. I appreciate the hard work of our players and was proud to work with them along with the rest of our coaching staff. My family and I loved it here, and I’m very thankful for my time with the Denver Broncos.”
As expected, McCoy kept his statement brief and classy.
In a separate statement, Denver coach Vance Joseph cited his desire for the Broncos to be more efficient offensively as his primary reason for firing McCoy.
“I have a responsibility to do what’s best for our football team,” Joseph said. “Although this wasn’t an easy decision, we needed to make this change. We have to play a more efficient brand of football offensively as we begin the final stretch of our season.
“Mike is an outstanding coach and a great person. He had a lot of opportunities this offseason, and he chose us. I have the utmost respect for Mike and wish him all the best in the future.”