Now that in all likelihood it appears rookie Colt McCoy will be making his first start Sunday against the freshly released Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers, I am convinced that either God’s a Steelers fan and hates Cleveland sports (like I’ve long suspected) or God simply does not care about the NFL and Cleveland is just really unfortunate when it comes to the Browns and quarterbacks.
Either way, what an ironic and totally unjust QB matchup we have brewing for Sunday’s game between the Browns and Steelers, at least from a Cleveland perspective. I mean, talk about a tale of two cities with two completely different situations at the position of quarterback.
Pittsburgh, on the one hand, has managed to weather the storm in the absence of Big Ben. Behind the likes of the fragile Dennis Dixon and the 72-year old hometown hero Charlie Batch, the Steelers have gotten off to a 3-1 start, caught a timely early season bye, and now are rewarded with the return of their two-time Super Bowl winning franchise quarterback, who has done an excellent job the past couple months of keeping it in his pants and NOT forcing himself on any sorority girls or unwilling females. Naturally, things have worked out perfectly along the Allegheny River.
Not so much on the shores of Lake Erie, where OF COURSE the worst-case scenario has officially become a reality now that both Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme are injured and the Browns have no choice but to turn to rookie third-stringer McCoy.
Any scenario that involved McCoy playing as a rookie was not a good one, but this might be the absolute worse possible situation for him to make his NFL debut.
Think about it: on the road, in Pittsburgh, against Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, and that defense, with a hobbling Peyton Hillis and an offensive line coming off its worse performance of the year. That’s a pretty cruel situation for an experienced veteran backup, let alone for a third rounder that was drafted as a developmental project who wasn’t supposed to see the field AT ALL this season.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not against McCoy starting this Sunday. In fact, I think the Browns have no choice but to prematurely throw him out into the fire because I’d much rather have him get the nod over the likes of Brett Ratliff or any other quarterback the Browns are able to find off the scrap heap. I just find this situation to be completely unfortunate for everyone involved except the Steelers and those who plan on wagering against the Browns.
So it sucks, but that’s the hand the Browns have once again been dealt. The only thing to do now is to hope for the best and to pray for Colt McCoy and his future as an NFL quarterback. That is, of course, if you’re still naive enough to believe that God really cares about the NFL.
Based on the way things have played out, I sure don’t.