When the Cleveland Browns selected Colt McCoy with the 85th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, fans all across Browns Nation were excited for the future of the franchise. Many, thought the team should just throw caution to the win and thrust the 23-year-old University of Texas product to the fire right away. After all, the depth chart ahead of McCoy is laughably inept.
Well Browns fans I hate to disappoint you but it appears that some combination of Jake Delhomme (a guy who couldn’t beat out future insurance salesman Matt Moore in Carolina) and Seneca Wallace (a guy with 14 career starts) will be manning the reins of your team’s offense next season. Yesterday, Browns president Mike Holmgren said the team plans to sit McCoy for the 2010 season and let him learn as a backup.
I know Browns fans, I know. After years of the soul-crushing Brady Quinn/Derek Anderson twosome, you’re begging for Colt McCoy. His average physical tools and “great intangibles” are surely the way to turn around Cleveland’s fortunes. While I wouldn’t trust Jake Delhomme to quarterback my flag football team, and Wallace hasn’t done anything of worth in the NFL thus far, the prospect of McCoy leading a team shouldn’t exactly blow anyone’s skirt up.
The guy is barely 6’1, weighs 216 pounds and doesn’t have much room to add extra bulk. He has decent speed for a quarterback, but according to Scouts Inc., “Arm strength is below average. He does not show the ability to drive the ball down the field in the vertical passing game. He will need great timing in order to develop into a successful deep-ball passer.”
That’s not a ringing endorsement. Especially when you combine it with the comments under the “Mental Markup” section: “Gunslinger type mentality … he needs to make a big adjustment in the NFL, especially when it comes to going through progressions in the pocket. He clearly locks onto primary target too often. He forces too many throws into coverage when the rush is closing in on him. Also has been very inconsistent in big games/clutch situations throughout his career.”
When you combine all of that with what Scouts Inc. says under “Release” you get a better picture of why McCoy dropped to the third round of the draft. “He does have a quick release but it tends to come out of his hand at about 10 o’clock. He has gotten into a bad habit of short-striding a lot of his throws, which leads to him throwing off-balance. He fails to follow through on too many of his throws, as well.”
So a small guy with a weak arm and bad release habits who locks onto one target, forces balls into coverage and panics when rushed heavily or in a big game situation. Let’s draft him and start him!
The above description is the exact kind of young quarterback who enters the league and falls flat on his face. McCoy was great in college, but the Big XII is not the NFL. He has a long, long way to go until he’s ready to even step on the field during a regular season game.
Holmgren is smart to sit the kid for at least a year. The sad part is that Browns fans will have to deal with the situation in front of McCoy until he’s ready. Haven’t they suffered enough?