NFL coaching rumors: Cardinals, Bears to interview Mike McCoy

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears have received permission from the Denver Broncos to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

The Arizona Cardinals and the Chicago Bears asked the Denver Broncos for permission to interview offensive coordinator Mike McCoy for their respective head coaching openings, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that both teams have received permission to speak with McCoy.

He is expected to meet with the teams this weekend.

The Cardinals fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt earlier Monday after the team lost 11 of its last 12 games, and the Bears relieved coach Lovie Smith of his duties after Chicago similarly struggled after a 7-1 start to the season.

McCoy's name as an NFL head coach has been gaining steam in the past few seasons. The 40-year-old arrived in Denver in 2009 and was responsible for an AFC West title last year thanks to an offense molded to help then-Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. This year, it's been McCoy's adjustment to quarterback Peyton Manning that led Denver to a No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.

Before joining Denver, McCoy got his start in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers in 2000 and worked his way from an offensive assistant to eventually becoming the passing game coordinator.

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