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Jaguars interested in Broncos’ McCoy, but playoff schedule an issue

Mike McCoy, Brady Quinn

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, left, confers with quarterback Brady Quinn during a practice at the NFL football team’s headquarters in Englewood, Colo., on Monday, June 7, 2010. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy called a great game against the Steelers’ defense on Sunday. And that may have hurt his chances of becoming a head coach.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that McCoy was going to interview in Jacksonville today for the Jaguars’ head coaching job if the Broncos had lost to the Steelers, but because the Broncos won, McCoy won’t be able to do that, as he’ll be predisposed preparing a game plan for the Patriots.

It’s not clear whether McCoy and the Jaguars will set up a time to talk on the phone this week, whether the Jaguars will wait until the Broncos’ postseason run is over, or whether the Jaguars will simply move on with other candidates.

But it is a reminder of a strange aspect of the coaching searches that take place around the NFL every year: If assistants on playoff teams want to become head coaches, they may be better off if their teams lose.