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Miami mulls Mike McCoy

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)


Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has emerged as a candidate to become the next head coach of the Dolphins.

The Dolphins plan to interview McCoy early this week, the Miami Herald reports.

McCoy was previously a candidate for the Jaguars job, but Jacksonville was in such a hurry to get its new coach in place that it decided to hire former Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey last week, with Mularkey benefitting from his team losing its playoff game, and McCoy suffering from his team winning.

Now McCoy will get another shot at a head-coaching job with the Dolphins. The 39-year-old McCoy became a hot prospect this season when he was able to change the Broncos’ offensive approach on the fly to suit the skills of Tim Tebow when Tebow took over from Kyle Orton as the Broncos’ starting quarterback. McCoy spent nine seasons as an offensive assistant in Carolina before becoming the offensive coordinator of the Broncos in 2009. He was a college quarterback at Long Beach State and Utah and played professionally in the World League of American Football and the Canadian Football League.

Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, Bears special teams coach Dave Toub and Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin are also candidates for the Dolphins job.