Browns’ QB Colt McCoy was having a miserable game Sunday afternoon.
With time winding down in the 4th quarter, the former Texas signal caller had completed just 10 of 26 passes for under 150 yards.
With his team trailing 16-10 and the ball on Cleveland’s own 20 yard line, he clearly needed to start playing better and hitting open receivers.
On the drive that gave the Browns the lead for the first time, and eventually led them to a 2-1 record, McCoy completed 9 of 13 throws for 75 yards, and the game winning touchdown to Mohammad Massaquoi.
Critics will say that this game is proof that McCoy isn’t a legitimate NFL quarterback, and he could only put together one drive on the day.
Supporters of the QB, of which we are one, would say it’s just another demonstration of McCoy’s moxie. He can overcome his struggles and perform when it counts.
When evaluating Colt McCoy, there are two distinct schools of thought.
One says although McCoy has won in college, he doesn’t have the arm strength to be an elite passer in the NFL. Most of the people who have this belief are in the media, or are fans.
Those people conveniently overlook all of the guys with big, powerful arms who haven’t been able to succeed at the pro level. Heck, Cleveland had one of those guys just a few years ago in Derek Anderson.
Those players look good on the field, and it certainly is awe-inspiring to watch someone throw a perfect spiral 60 yards downfield, but it doesn’t translate into victories all the time.
The other thought process is that McCoy has the “it” factor. He’s a winner, the winningest QB in NCAA history when he left Texas.
He’s a leader, a confident player who reportedly told the rest of the team before his first professional start, that he was going there to win.
Did we mention that first game was against the Pittsburgh Steelers?
McCoy also told his teammates before a game tying drive against the Jets last season (as a rookie), that they were going to score.
He’s a young player who is very confident in his abilities.
You know who is in McCoy’s camp? Former coaches. They know what kind of player they would want at the most important position on the field, and Colt McCoy fills the bill.
Guys like former Browns’ coach Sam Rutigliano and Jon Gruden both feel the person who wears #12 will be an excellent NFL quarterback.
Isn’t it funny that people who made their living in the league think McCoy has enough ability to be a good quarterback? Who would know more? Someone who writes about the sport or someone who coached it?
McCoy is also very accurate, last Sunday’s game notwithstanding. He hit 70% of his passes during his last season as a Longhorn, and last year connected on over 60% of his throws.
This is not to say last year’s 3rd round pick is perfect. He needs to show he can play better in the cold, because he plays in Cleveland, and we all know the weather isn’t great here in December and January.
But the great quarterbacks, the legends of the game, are known for their come from behind wins, the ability to erase 58 minutes of football with a game winning drive at the end.
Colt McCoy demonstrated that he can do that Sunday afternoon. That will only help him the next time the situation arises.