The Buffalo Bills have interviewed four candidates for their head coach opening and hadn’t tipped their hand, but on Tuesday night a few dominoes began to shift with reports from John Wawrow and Vic Carucci that the Bills were leaning toward Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott to be their next head coach.
As a man with no head coaching experience coming from a defensive background, McDermott will have had to answer questions about his choices for managing a team’s offense. Dating back to last season, the rumor mill has connected him to (now former) San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy, whom he would reportedly bring along as his offensive coordinator. That partnership remains intact, according to Sal Capaccio at WGR550:
If Sean McDermott is new Bills HC, and it appears things are headed that way at the moment, keep hearing Mike McCoy could join him as OC.— Sal Capaccio (@SalSports) January 11, 2017
McCoy is generally thought of as a great offensive mind who struggled with the duties of a full-roster coach. His Chargers also wilted in the last two seasons dealing with debilitating injuries. With Phillip Rivers and a lousy offensive line, he orchestrated top ten passing seasons in each of his years as head coach. He restructured the Denver offense to deal with unorthodox starter Tim Tebow in 2011, putting together a league-leading rushing offense and winning a playoff game with Tebow in command. The question is if McCoy feels confident enough in his adaptability to hitch his wagon to mobile quarterback Tyrod Taylor.