Will Colt McCoy Really Get a Fair Shot During Camp?

The short answer to the question of “Will Colt McCoy get a fair shot in training camp?” is a resounding “No.” But the path to that answer is a complicated one.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy has a lot working against him, some of which is his own undoing. He – and other members of his family – continues to give quotes to media members that are scrutinized and, ultimately, misinterpreted, portraying McCoy in an unfavorable light.

However, other aspects of his downfall have been out of his control. With the team’s selection of 28-year-old Brandon Weeden, the writing is on the wall. And without much success to go off of and a pressing need to get Weeden to play quickly, McCoy is entering training camp without much of a chance to start.

Though, one supposes that since he will be getting the same reps in drills, and coaches will be there evaluating him, that can be considered a “fair shot.” But the mindset in the organization and among the fan base is already there. Barring injury – or a tremendously disappointing training camp and preseason – Weeden is the guy. Not immediately naming Weeden the starter is just the ideal way to take the pressure off.

Perhaps the fairest thing would be to simply trade McCoy. Even if he were to be named the backup, the storm clouds of controversy would be hovering over the Browns constantly, with everyone waiting to jump on a potential story. The Green Bay Packers could certainly use McCoy if Graham Harrell doesn’t work out.

That would be the ideal situation, but will it happen?


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