Cleveland Browns: Top 5 Week 17 starting QBs since 1999
2. Colt McCoy
A highly touted third-round draft pick out of Texas, Colt McCoy came to Cleveland with high expectations after an amazingly successful collegiate career. McCoy was quickly thrust into a starting role, the organization’s 14th starting quarterback since 1999, and was a victim of a poor offensive line and a team with no offensive weapons.
McCoy’s only Week 17 start came at the end of the 2010 season. Against the Steelers, the team he opposed in his first career start, the Texan completed 20 of 41 passes totaling 209 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately however, McCoy also threw three interceptions.
Over his entire career in Cleveland, McCoy won six games and threw 21 touchdown passes. He too was slowed by injuries and ended up spending a season in San Francisco as a backup with the 49ers in 2013 before ending up with the Washington Redskins, where he remains.
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The reason McCoy ranks so high on this list despite his struggles on the field is his leadership qualities and consistency. No matter who fans wish to blame, the bottom line is that McCoy never had a chance. He was destined to fail in Cleveland due to a lack of size and a severe lack of any team whatsoever around him.
Regardless, McCoy ought to be commended for his valiant efforts in a Browns uniform, and most of all… making it to Week 17.