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Cardinals ask permission to interview Denver’s Mike McCoy

Just a few hours after the firing of Ken Whisenhunt as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, the organization has begun the search for a replacement, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Cardinals, along with the Chicago Bears, have asked for permission to interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy for the vacant position.

McCoy, 40, has spent 13 seasons as an NFL assistant, including the last four as the architect of the Denver Broncos’ offense. This season, with Peyton Manning at the controls, the Broncos ranked fourth in the NFL in total offense (397.9 yards per game) and second in points per game (30.1). Denver is riding an 11-game winning streak heading into the postseason as the AFC’s top seed.

But maybe more impressively, McCoy helped Denver to the playoffs last season with Tim Tebow at quarterback. McCoy helped devise a system to take advantage of Tebow’s skill set and the team rebounded from a 2-5 start to go 8-8, win the AFC West, and defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

According to Schefter’s report, McCoy will interview with the Cardinals this weekend, as Denver has a bye week for the first round of the postseason.