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McCoy, Del Rio may benefit from Broncos' success

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm •  Published: December 21, 2012
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McCoy has certainly earned the respect of Manning, who also credits quarterbacks coach Adam Gase with his stellar performance this season.

"I'm grateful for their help and support," Manning said.

A defensive coordinator moving on after a season in this city has almost become expected. After last season, Dennis Allen bolted to take over in Oakland.

Other coordinators who have filled the spot over the last few years include Larry Coyer (2006), Jim Bates (2007), Bob Slowik (2008), Mike Nolan (2009) and Don Martindale (2010).

That has Bailey wondering — kiddingly, of course — if he's doing something to drive them off?

"I know I'm up there," Bailey said of where he would rank among players who've had the most coordinators through a career. "I've got to be up there. I don't know how many I've had — 12, 13, whatever. It's nothing new to me."

Del Rio has a rather good thing going in Denver with two of the elite pass rushers in the game in Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil, a talented linebacker collection and a secondary led by Bailey. That's a pretty formidable ensemble in which to build a dominating defense.

He's really in no rush to go anywhere just yet.

"When you're a young guy and you haven't been there, the urgency and desire to get that opportunity is such that you'd take just about any job given to you," said Del Rio, who was in charge in Jacksonville for nine seasons. "I don't feel that way now. If there's something that fits and the right situation comes along, so be it. But in the meantime, I'm all in, 100 percent as a lieutenant on this staff. I'm somebody that John Fox, John Elway ... and the players can count on. I'm 100 percent invested in helping them be their best."

Any chance Baily would consider being a player-coach, should Del Rio ever move on?

That way, Bailey could assure a level of continuity for years to come.

"Ahh, no," Bailey said, smiling.

NOTES: Broncos OL Chris Kuper missed practice Friday with a balky left ankle and migraine symptoms. He's doubtful for the game against the Browns. ... FB Chris Gronkowski (hamstring) was limited at practice. There are nine other players on the injury report listed as probable. "Right now, we're relatively healthy considering we're second-to-the-last regular season game and that's all good," Fox said.

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AP National Writer Eddie Pells contributed to this report.

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