Don’t Rule Out QB Colt McCoy Playing in 2010

Despite the previous assertions that quarterback Colt McCoy would be spending the 2010 season on the sidelines, president Mike Holmgren has retracted a bit, saying “if he’s the guy, he plays.” That’s not to say that the Browns are looking for the first opportunity to stick McCoy in there, but it might be hard to hold him back if the team tanks this season.

Even if the season is a disaster, I’m not sure that’s the best situation to put McCoy in, either. Sure, he’ll learn the pace of an NFL game while getting his feet wet in being utterly destroyed by opposing defenses, but lost seasons are hard situations to enter. The fans are disillusioned and, in some cases, a team might simply be going through the motions. It’s certainly happened to the Browns before, the exception being last season.

Then again, maybe there is too much emphasis on when exactly a quarterback should start. Each case is unique, and there shouldn’t be these attempts at general guidelines to when a quarterback should finally start. If a guy is ready, he’s ready.

Topics: Cleveland Browns, Colt McCoy, Mike Holmgren

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  • http://www.clevelandbrownsweblog.com Clayton

    I would like to comment on the last few posts collectively.

    In my opinion, it would an enormous mistake to rush McCoy on to the gridiron this season, no matter how badly things go with Delhomme. We have gone down this road before where our beloved Browns fans get so frenzied about a new quarterback that we start chanting his name after one interception is thrown by the starter (only a slight exaggeration in terms of what happened with Brady Quinn – there were fans around my season seats calling his name mid-way through the opening game two years ago against the Cowboys). It doesn’t work 99% of the time. Forget about guys like Matt Ryan or Mark Sanchez. It is not worth it. Give Colt one solid year on the sidelines learning the playbook and getting familiar with his surroundings. I do not believe that Holmgren has any intention of putting him on the field this year; I suspect his most recent comments were nothing more than an effort to send a message to Delhomme that he should not take his starter status for granted.

    Second, Mangini’s magic number this season is .500 football. If he wins 8 games, he will be back in 2011. That’s what my gut tells me.

    On Massaquoi, most second-year wide receivers would relish the opportunity that he has. He is coming off a great rookie season and entering this campaign as the diamond in the rough of our very shallow receiver core. He will excel. He may not have been the fan-favourite Buckeye selected in the Draft last year, but I think we all know who is emerging faster between he and Robo.

    Go Browns!