Colt McCoy was not happy in Cleveland. That was evident. But the former third-round pick has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers, a team that went to the Super Bowl last season, and he is happy about going to a winning organization.
McCoy discussed some of the differences between the Browns and 49ers during an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“That’s going to be really special,” McCoy told the Star-Telegram “When I walked in the building in San Francisco, it was the same feel [as at UT]. It’s a great organization, and their only focus is: We want to win, and we want to win now. That’s obviously different than some of the things that I’ve been part of the last few years. I was really happy about that.”
You can tell from those comments how things were for McCoy in Cleveland. He seemed pretty excited at first about coming in there and running their West Coast offense, but the team was always pretty weak. He also was probably pretty excited about Cleveland initially because they showed faith in him by drafting him when many others passed on him. But he simply was not very good there. Now he’s going to be a backup in San Francisco, and he’s a pretty capable one. They run a good system in San Francisco, have excellent coaches, so there really is no reason for McCoy not to be thrilled about his new home.
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Case McCoy, the brother of Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy, ripped his brother’s team via Twitter on Friday in response to a fake trade rumor.
Case, who is a quarterback at the University of Texas, apparently had been duped by a fake ESPN Twitter account that said his brother had been traded to the Eagles. He sent the following tweet, which has since been deleted:
Brandon was a reference to quarterback Brandon Weeden, who was drafted by the team in the first round this year. Weeden is expected to replace McCoy as Cleveland’s starter.
It didn’t take long for Case McCoy to realize he made a mistake.
By selecting former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden in the first round of last week’s draft, the Browns appear ready to move on from whatever you want to call Colt McCoy‘s time as the Browns’ QB1 (experiment, era or maybe, simply, “ehh”). And it appears McCoy’s father, Brad McCoy, may have played a part in his son’s demise.
After Colt suffered a concussion last December against the Steelers, his father condemned the team for allowing Colt to resume playing despite showing apparent symptoms of being concussed. According to ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi, papa bear’s comments rubbed the team the wrong way and hurt his son’s future in Cleveland.
I’ve been told that McCoy’s fate as a former starter was sealed when his father sounded off about the club’s handling of his concussion in the Pittsburgh game on Dec. 8.
I was told at the time that Brad McCoy’s comments meant the end of McCoy in Cleveland, but I didn’t believe it then.
The comments did not drive the pursuit of a new quarterback, but I believe they contributed to McCoy’s demise.
Looking at McCoy’s numbers last season, there isn’t a whole lot that would scream the team needed to make a change, especially considering it was his first full year as a starter. That likely leaves his pops’ remarks as his most glaring blemish. Leave it to an ornery Mike Holmgren to address a beef with a parent by taking it out on the son.
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James Harrison returned to practice on Wednesday for the Steelers. With the way Pittsburgh played on the road in San Francisco Monday night, they need all the help they can get. Harrison spoke to reporters after practice and had a number of quick responses, most of which indicate he now has an “oh well” attitude when the league reprimands him. He did, however, say he thinks the Browns deserve to be punished for letting McCoy go back in after the big hit.
“My helmet hit his helmet, it is what it is,” Harrison said. “If he was hurt so bad I don’t know why they let him back in two plays later. Something should be done to them, I would think. I got a game, what should they get?
While Harrison has a point, you can’t compare his crime to their crime. He wasn’t suspended because he injured McCoy, but because the hit was illegal. The league didn’t have to see that McCoy suffered a concussion to suspend Harrison for yet another helmet-to-helmet hit.
That being said, Harrison isn’t the only one who believes the Browns should be punished in some way. McCoy’s father was furious the Cleveland coaches and trainers let his son back in the game and their decision completely undermines the league’s hazy policy on concussions. Harrison is wrong in thinking that the league should have given him a break, but he is right that the Browns should face some sort of penalty for putting McCoy’s health at risk.
When Colt McCoy took this brutal hit from James Harrison on Thursday night, he reportedly suffered a concussion. It is unclear at this point if the Browns knew he was concussed when they checked him out or simply didn’t pick up on it, but McCoy missed only a play before returning. As you might imagine, that is a big no-no in today’s NFL with how cautious the league has tried to become in dealing with concussions. Colt’s father, Brad McCoy, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Friday that Colt didn’t even know what had happened when he woke up on Friday other than the Browns lost the game. Now, Brad is furious with the Browns.
“He never should’ve gone back in the game,” McCoy’s father said. “He was basically out (cold) after the hit. You could tell by the ridigity of his body as he was laying there. There were a lot of easy symptoms that should’ve told them he had a concussion. He was nauseated and he didn’t know who he was. From what I could see, they didn’t test him for a concussion on the sidelines. They looked at his (left) hand.
“After the game, the (public relations staff) made sure Colt’s interview was brief and he couldn’t face the lights in his press conference. The TV lights and the Stadium lights were killing him. Why would you say he was fine? That makes it even worse.
“If he took another blow to the head, we could’ve been talking about his career here. And I certainly didn’t think he’d be out only a play. It would’ve taken my high school trainer longer than that to determine if he was okay after a hit like that.”
I can’t imagine this is good for the Browns — at all. Whether they detected the concussion or not, chances like that can’t be taken no matter what the circumstances. You can certainly imagine where Brad McCoy is coing from as a father. If everything we’re hearing about Colt is accurate then Brad is right and he had no business returning to the game.
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Before you get all flustered and accuse me of saying James Harrison is a clean player, just hear me out. No, I would never support a player who does stuff like this and this on a regular basis and has a reputation for playing like an absolute maniac. However, the penalty — and potential fine or suspension — that was called on Harrison during Thursday night’s game between the Steelers and Browns brings up an interesting point. At what point does the quarterback become a ball carrier? You can see a video of the play at NFL.com here, but here is an animation of the actual shot that drew a flag, courtesy of @bubbaprog:
Colt McCoy got off a pass at the last second, but Harrison was already charging after him once he tucked the ball in and started running with it. Does the fact that McCoy decided to change his mind and throw it at the last second mean he at no point became a ball carrier? As we know, a running back or a receiver who has already established himself can be hit using helmet-to-helmet contact. Harrison will likely draw a six-figure fine and possibly a suspension because of his reputation, but this particular play qualifies as a gray area in my opinion.
With so much talk about players breaking NCAA rules, programs being in trouble, and schools losing national championships, everyone’s trying to figure out the problem. Is it the NCAA which is running a billion dollar business in which their laborers aren’t making any money while coaches and school presidents are rich? Is it the athletes who break rules put in place by the NCAA? Is it coaches who protect the players and the program? Those are all fair questions, and the answer is the blame can be shared pretty equally by all parties. But how about one other subsection that is hardly mentioned yet was brought up by Colt McCoy’s wife. Rachel McCoy, who dated Colt during his time at Texas (here are the pics to prove it), says it’s the adult men who offer the players gifts and other luxuries that are the problem.
Rachel called into a radio show to explain her stance. She says that grown men want to give players gifts so they can brag to their friends that they’re close to athletes.
Colt McCoy’s NFL career started off on a disappointing note — he wasn’t drafted until late in the third round by the Cleveland Browns, and that was after the Browns said they would take him higher. Colt struggled in the preseason and went into the year as the team’s third stringer. After sitting on the bench the first five weeks of the year, starter Jake Delhomme and backup Seneca Wallace hurt their ankles, leaving McCoy as the only healthy Cleveland quarterback for week six.
Colt had the tough task of facing the Steelers in his NFL debut, but he didn’t play poorly. He had 281 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions against the best defense in the league at the time. McCoy appeared to be a revelation after that; he didn’t turn over the ball his next three starts, leading the Browns to upset wins over the Saints and Patriots, and a near win over the Jets.
McCoy hurt his ankle and missed two weeks, but he returned to start the final three games of the year for the Browns — all losses. He was intercepted three times in back-to-back starts, albeit against the strong defenses of Baltimore and Pittsburgh. It took two months, but McCoy finally began to endure typical rookie struggles. Now the question is whether McCoy is still the franchise quarterback he appeared to be, or just another average quarterback.
When the Cleveland Browns dominated the Patriots last Sunday, a modest stat line and an outstanding performance by Peyton Hillis overshadowed what was a very good game from Colt McCoy. After leading the Browns to a 4th quarter comeback that the Browns should have won on Sunday, McCoy should get plenty of credit this week.
I think we can officially say McCoy became a man today. His first four NFL starts have been against the Steelers, Saints, Patriots, and Jets. He’s won two of them and should have won a third. Peyton Manning would be pleased with that result. The Browns have played excellent team football over that stretch and Eric Mangini has out-coached the opposition for the most part. On Sunday, it was McCoy’s composure down the stretch that put Cleveland in a position to win.
With his team trailing 20-13 and staring one of the toughest defenses in the NFL in his face, McCoy ran the two-minute drill to perfection and capped a terrific drive off with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Massaquoi to send the game to overtime.
Cleveland’s defense came out and forced a punt right away in OT and McCoy was again able to lead an impressive drive that should have given the Browns a shot at a game-winning field goal. After making a big play on third down to get past the sticks and just about into field goal range, Chansi Stuckey coughed the ball up fighting for extra yardage near the sideline. The Jets recovered the fumble and drove down the field, but Nick Folk missed a 47-yard field goal to keep the Browns alive.
When Jake Delhomme entered the Browns’ game against the Falcons last weekend right before halftime, he said Atlanta’s players were smelling blood in the water. That’s because Delhomme already had a sprained ankle and had to get painkilling injections just to be able to back up Seneca Wallace. Wallace was knocked out with a sprained ankle as well, and the hobbled Delhomme ended up adding a low ankle sprain to go along with his high ankle sprain.
Without Delhomme and Wallace available this weekend (damned sprained ankles!), the Browns signed former Jets quarterback Brett Ratliff and reportedly told Colt McCoy that he was starting, according to Chip Brown via Rotoworld. McCoy, who did not look good in the preseason, could not be drawing a tougher assignment for his first career start — the Steelers, healthy and coming off a bye week, in Pittsburgh.
McCoy was 28/39 for 232 yards with no touchdowns, two picks, and two fumbles in the preseason. While the numbers aren’t pretty, at least Colt improved as the preseason went on and he turned in a 13/13 performance in the team’s finale. Right now the Steelers are a 14-point favorite in the game. They have Ben Roethlisberger making his season debut Sunday. The Browns may have Colt McCoy making his NFL debut. I’ll take the Steelers minus the points, thank you very much.
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