Former Vikings OC Bill Musgrave promoted to same role with Broncos

Doug Mendoza
November 21, 2017

It's unorthodox for a rookie head coach to throw a coordinator over board just more than halfway through his inaugural season but Denver apparently decided desperate times call for desperate measures.

The Broncos had seen enough to know that they needed a change on offense, and Monday they fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and promoted former Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave into McCoy's position.

The Denver Broncos are out of the playoff hunt after losing six games in a row, and they appear to have found their scapegoat. The Broncos' offense has been one of the worst in the National Football League this season.

Early in the fourth quarter and trailing, 13-10, C.J. Anderson fumbled and the Bengals recovered.

Broncos quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave and Brock Osweiler in Denver on Nov. 12 2017
Broncos quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave and Brock Osweiler in Denver on Nov. 12 2017

With their 20-17 home loss to Cincinnati on Sunday, the Broncos fell to 0-3 since Brock Osweiler replaced Trevor Siemian as the team's starting quarterback.

Recent reports out of Denver suggest the players struggled to grasp McCoy's system, and Musgrave - who has had successful coordinating stints in Minnesota and most recently in Oakland last season - could look to simplify the offense.

McCoy, who previously coached in Denver from 2008 to 2013 as a quarterbacks coach and an offensive coordinator before leaving the Broncos to be the head coach of the Chargers. "I want to thank Vance for the opportunity he gave me and the entire organization, from Mr. B [Broncos owner Pat Bowlen] all the way on down". I try to make my game better every week.

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