Don't Throw Colt McCoy Under the Bus Just Yet, Browns Fans


After eight games into the season, it is painfully obvious that the Cleveland Browns won’t be making the playoffs or even challenging for a Wild Card spot. While the defense has done its best to keep the team in games, the offense is in shambles. Running backs Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty are injured and now Mohamed Massaquoi - the Browns’ supposed No. 1 wide receiver – has just sustained his second concussion of the season.

That being said, it is no wonder that quarterback Colt McCoy is not having a stellar season. His stats are slightly deceiving – 1,764 yards, ten touchdowns, six interceptions – because many of his yards come in garbage time. What is most surprising, though, is McCoy’s 57.5% completion percentage.

It is very easy to place blame on a quarterback, no matter his surroundings. For McCoy, he isn’t completely exempt from ridicule (and, really, how many quarterbacks truly are?), but it is absolutely necessary to consider those playing around him. He is operating with a glaring lack of playmakers and it would appear that his receivers are having trouble getting separation and staying open.

That, of course, isn’t helped by the fact that the offensive line is giving McCoy no time to throw. The confident young quarterback has been replaced by a jittery, unsure quarterback who bails on the pocket early. Not only is McCoy being beaten down physically, but there is the chance that this is taking a mental toll on the young quarterback as well.

Consider this season a wash. Next year will be the proof of Colt McCoy’s resolve. The NFL is a league that functions without patience; teams and fans want immediate returns. But at this point, that does this team no good. It’s nearly impossible to make a true judgment of Colt McCoy right now. Not only is this his first full season as a starter (a mulligan for most quarterbacks), he is on an offense that feels like the offense of an expansion franchise.

The Browns have two first-round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft. It is very likely that one or both of them will be spent on offensive playmakers. That will also be Colt McCoy’s second year at the helm. There’s no denying that things are bad now, but next season paints a much more realistic picture of how we can all judge McCoy and his future.

Sometimes, a quarterback needs to go through a painful first season (or two). It’s understandable to be upset about the word patience because it’s been pushed on Browns fans since 1999, but this is a time where it truly needs to be stressed.

Believe it or not, the Browns are heading in the right direction and Colt McCoy can be at the center of that development. Being angry at Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert might work on a surface level, but one must consider how well the current front office is drafting. Giving them time to draft playmakers on offense, as they’ve already done on defense, will pay off in the long run.


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  • Ryebread

    With all the crap I’ve been seeing this year, i never lost faith in McCoy. I still see the potential of greatness and hope the rest of the Dawg Pound sees it also.

  • Ryebread

    With all the crap I’ve been seeing this year, i never lost faith in McCoy. I still see the potential of greatness and hope the rest of the Dawg Pound sees it also.

  • L0U_BR0WN

    ‘how well heckert is drafting?’ really?

    2010

    haden, good.

    ward…. ok.

    hardesty, 3 games in 2 years (and gave up 3 picks to move 11 slots to get him when he’d had knee surgeries -2- before)… not good

    colt.. ok (not heckert’s pick)

    lauvao.. well he made our team and is part of the sieve o-line. ok minus.

    geathers/mitchell/asante — zip

    net: good pick on the 7th overall pick tom.

    2011

    taylor, ok (browns run defense still soft, could have had excellent RT carimi and are 3rd round pick)

    sheard, ok

    little, good

    marecic, enh (clutts was better in camp, but cant cut the draft pick)

    cameron, zip

    skrine, enh. made the team

    pinkston, enh. he’s ‘battling.’

    hagg, zip

    net: not completely certain i couldnt have done better.

    so if youre saying that having guys who make the team means ‘good draft’ i’d remind you that robo and veikune made the team too. if youre measuring by starters, then i’d like to know what other team pinkston, marecic, sheard would start for.

    i think there’s a myth building that these are two great drafts. they’re really not. they may turn out great. but it’s pretty weak to say heckert has been drafting great.

    we get enough propaganda from the PD. step your game up.

  • L0U_BR0WN

    ‘how well heckert is drafting?’ really?

    2010

    haden, good.

    ward…. ok.

    hardesty, 3 games in 2 years (and gave up 3 picks to move 11 slots to get him when he’d had knee surgeries -2- before)… not good

    colt.. ok (not heckert’s pick)

    lauvao.. well he made our team and is part of the sieve o-line. ok minus.

    geathers/mitchell/asante — zip

    net: good pick on the 7th overall pick tom.

    2011

    taylor, ok (browns run defense still soft, could have had excellent RT carimi and are 3rd round pick)

    sheard, ok

    little, good

    marecic, enh (clutts was better in camp, but cant cut the draft pick)

    cameron, zip

    skrine, enh. made the team

    pinkston, enh. he’s ‘battling.’

    hagg, zip

    net: not completely certain i couldnt have done better.

    so if youre saying that having guys who make the team means ‘good draft’ i’d remind you that robo and veikune made the team too. if youre measuring by starters, then i’d like to know what other team pinkston, marecic, sheard would start for.

    i think there’s a myth building that these are two great drafts. they’re really not. they may turn out great. but it’s pretty weak to say heckert has been drafting great.

    we get enough propaganda from the PD. step your game up.

  • JohnSammon

    I completely agree. We are still cleaning up the no talent arse clowns that the Savage and Mangini drafting era left us. Look at the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 drafts. We have Jackson, Mack and Thomas from those drafts!!! That’s the biggest problem is the lack of talent. The last two drafts have been solid

    The 2012 draft will address the offense. They’ll probably go with WR, RB (Hillis will be gone) and OL in the first three picks. That should bring some life to the offense.

    Give these guys some time. I’m just as frustrated as anyone else with the terrible product we watch every sunday but I think this is the correct way to build a team. Build and develop a foundation and then sign free agents to plug the holes when the time is right.

  • JohnSammon

    I completely agree. We are still cleaning up the no talent arse clowns that the Savage and Mangini drafting era left us. Look at the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 drafts. We have Jackson, Mack and Thomas from those drafts!!! That’s the biggest problem is the lack of talent. The last two drafts have been solid

    The 2012 draft will address the offense. They’ll probably go with WR, RB (Hillis will be gone) and OL in the first three picks. That should bring some life to the offense.

    Give these guys some time. I’m just as frustrated as anyone else with the terrible product we watch every sunday but I think this is the correct way to build a team. Build and develop a foundation and then sign free agents to plug the holes when the time is right.

  • diamondhoggers

    Whether you’re right or you’re wrong, Colt isn’t going to get next year to prove anything. I am a McCoy fan, hope he is the answer, and stupidly purchased his jersey. But the Browns will be looking elsewhere for yet another “QB of the future” prospect that will flame out in another two years in April’s draft.

  • diamondhoggers

    @Ryebread What exact ‘potential of greatness’ signs do you see just out of curiosity? I am looking hard and I see mediocrity. He looked great in two games last year. Patriots and Jets. Other than that he has never looked the part of an NFL QB no matter how hard I’ve wanted it or tried to see it.

  • diamondhoggers

    Whether you’re right or you’re wrong, Colt isn’t going to get next year to prove anything. I am a McCoy fan, hope he is the answer, and stupidly purchased his jersey. But the Browns will be looking elsewhere for yet another “QB of the future” prospect that will flame out in another two years in April’s draft.

  • diamondhoggers

    @Ryebread What exact ‘potential of greatness’ signs do you see just out of curiosity? I am looking hard and I see mediocrity. He looked great in two games last year. Patriots and Jets. Other than that he has never looked the part of an NFL QB no matter how hard I’ve wanted it or tried to see it.

  • TakeTheRedPill

    Look your going to get a win against @STLouisRams so don’t worry about your QB situation. Plus if the rams can land the #1 pick we will trade you Bradford since we’ll have Luck.

  • TakeTheRedPill

    Look your going to get a win against @STLouisRams so don’t worry about your QB situation. Plus if the rams can land the #1 pick we will trade you Bradford since we’ll have Luck.

  • dawgpounddaily

    Believe me, I wouldn’t say that the Browns are drafting well if I didn’t completely believe it. Not every draft pick is expected to be a start – you are bound to have a few duds. But if two or three, maybe four, solid starters come out of your draft class (depending on the number of picks), I’d say that’s enough to call it a success.

    Joe Haden would likely be a starter on most teams, and Phil Taylor would find himself plenty of playing time in other cities as well. When everyone is healthy, there are currently four defensive starters from the past two drafts who have helped make the Browns a top-ten defense so far this season.

    Lauvao has certainly had some issues this season, but it’s hard to be upset with Pinkston, who was thrust into the job at left guard when Steinbach was injured.

    I think you might be a little harsh on these rookies and second-year players. The Browns made a point to become one of the youngest teams in the league, and while they are taking their lumps, they have many young players who are producing in some capacity. You have to remember that one of the main reasons this team is playing so poorly at times is because of the awful draft classes that came through Cleveland before Holmgren and Heckert stepped in.

  • dawgpounddaily

    Believe me, I wouldn’t say that the Browns are drafting well if I didn’t completely believe it. Not every draft pick is expected to be a start – you are bound to have a few duds. But if two or three, maybe four, solid starters come out of your draft class (depending on the number of picks), I’d say that’s enough to call it a success.

    Joe Haden would likely be a starter on most teams, and Phil Taylor would find himself plenty of playing time in other cities as well. When everyone is healthy, there are currently four defensive starters from the past two drafts who have helped make the Browns a top-ten defense so far this season.

    Lauvao has certainly had some issues this season, but it’s hard to be upset with Pinkston, who was thrust into the job at left guard when Steinbach was injured.

    I think you might be a little harsh on these rookies and second-year players. The Browns made a point to become one of the youngest teams in the league, and while they are taking their lumps, they have many young players who are producing in some capacity. You have to remember that one of the main reasons this team is playing so poorly at times is because of the awful draft classes that came through Cleveland before Holmgren and Heckert stepped in.

  • dawgpounddaily

    @TakeTheRedPill@stlouisrams I don’t know about that. It looks like the Rams have some pretty tough company for the No. 1 pick. The Colts seem to be the front-runners and have no intention on giving it up.

  • dawgpounddaily

    @TakeTheRedPill@stlouisrams I don’t know about that. It looks like the Rams have some pretty tough company for the No. 1 pick. The Colts seem to be the front-runners and have no intention on giving it up.

  • Ryebread

    Hey Men and Ladies, I love the browns and im sure you guys do also… I created a fan page on Facebook, LIKE the page so we can discuss about our beloved Browns During, before and after games…. see ya there ..

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-cheer-for-the-Cleveland-Browns/252885734760470

  • Ryebread

    Hey Men and Ladies, I love the browns and im sure you guys do also… I created a fan page on Facebook, LIKE the page so we can discuss about our beloved Browns During, before and after games…. see ya there ..

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-cheer-for-the-Cleveland-Browns/252885734760470