Report: Bills already linked to McCoy, Chudzinski as OC replacements, here are their recent credentials
By: Nick Wojton
Almost immediately after Friday’s announcement that the Buffalo Bills have parted ways with offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, a flurry of names were tossed out as potential replacements.
In terms of actual reports, Sporting News reporter Alex Marvez indicated that Mike McCoy and Rob Chudzinski are two candidates the Bills are interested in to replace Dennison. As Marvez adds in his report, both have ties to Carolina like Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane:
Dennison lasted a full season with the Bills. In McCoy’s most recent gig as an offensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos, he lasted an even shorter amount of time.
After a six-game losing streak, the Broncos fired McCoy, 45, on Nov. 20. At the time of his firing, McCoy’s offense in Denver ranked 18th in the NFL with 329.8 yards-per-game. Buffalo finished the 2017 season with the 29th-ranked offense (302.6).
Denver was also 24th in scoring (18.3 avg) and the Broncos were tied with the Cleveland Browns for the second-worst total of offensive touchdowns in the NFL at the time of his firing with 17. In 2017, Denver saw Brock Osweiler, Trevor Seimian and Paxton Lynch all start games at quarterback.
From 2013 to 2016, McCoy was head coach of the then San Diego Chargers. In those seasons the Chargers offense ranked fifth (393.3), 18th (341.6), ninth (371.8), and 14th (356.8), respectively.
While both McDermott and McCoy coached in Carolina, the two did not together. From 2000 until 2008, McCoy spent time with the Panthers organization, climbing to the role of quarterbacks coach in 2008 before departing for a first stint in Denver as offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2012.
McDermott spent 2011 to 2016 in Carolina as defensive coordinator. However, Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane worked in Carolina throughout McCoy’s tenure there.
In 2011 and 2012, Chudzinski, 49, held the role of offensive coordinator with the Panthers, working directly with McDermott. During that time, Carolina’s offense ranked seventh (389.8) and 12th, (360.7), respectively.
Those two seasons are notable as well because they were the first two seasons of quarterback Cam Newton’s career. The Bills could like the production Chudzinski got out of a young Newton with the possibility that Buffalo might draft a QB in the upcoming NFL Draft.
In 2013, Chudzinski lasted only a single season as the Browns head coach, finishing with a 4-12 record and the 17th-ranked offense (339.4).
Chudzinski then landed with the Indianapolis Colts from 2014 until this past season. In 2014, Colts QB Andrew Luck had his best season as a pro, throwing for 4,761 yards and 40 touchdowns.
Indy had the third-best offense in the NFL that year (406.6). In 2015, Chudzinski was promoted from his first role as associate head coach to offensive coordinator. But since 2015, Luck has been oft-injured.
Chudzinski worked on Chuck Pagano’s staff in Indy. Pagano was fired following this season.