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Mike McCoy

Team/position: Denver offensive coordinator

Age: 40

Previous NFL head coaching interviews: McCoy met twice with Miami last January for the job that ultimately went to Joe Philbin. Because he had advanced so far in the Dolphins’ interview process, McCoy cancelled a scheduled session with the Oakland Raiders. McCoy also was supposed to meet with Jacksonville, but Jaguars management was unwilling to wait until Denver was finished in the playoffs. The Jags instead hired Mike Mularkey, whose 2-13 record is tied for the NFL’s worst in 2012.

Why is McCoy radar-worthy?: McCoy earned high praise in 2011 for radically changing his offense to match the strengths of Tim Tebow, which helped spur the Broncos to an unexpected postseason run. McCoy and new quarterback Peyton Manning have worked together flawlessly this year, with the latter in contention to earn an unprecedented fifth NFL Most Valuable Player award. McCoy also was lauded for his previous work with Jake Delhomme and Kyle Orton in Carolina and Denver, respectively.

Potential fit: McCoy should be intriguing to a team looking to groom a young quarterback such as Jake Locker in Tennessee.

Trivia note: A college quarterback at Long Beach State and Utah, McCoy was on rosters in three pro leagues — the NFL, NFL Europa and the CFL. McCoy’s quarterback competition with the 1997 Amsterdam Admirals was future Miami Dolphins starter Jay Fiedler. - Alex Marvez (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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