With Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace oh the shelf with injuries, the Browns will turn to Colt McCoy to make his first NFL start Sunday in Pittsburgh. The rookie McCoy was the Browns third round pick out of the University of Texas in this past April’s draft. During his college career McCoy won forty-five games which is the most ever by a NCAA Division I quarterback. He was the runner up for the 2008 Heisman Trophy to current Ram’s starting QB Sam Bradford. In addition, McCoy led his Longhorns to the BCS Championship Game this past January where they lost to Alabama.
With the Browns at 1-4, and staring down Pittsburgh and New Orleans before their bye week, this is an opportunistic time to start McCoy. Even with Delhomme or Wallace, it is unlikely that the Browns would win either of these games which are both road games. Now they can start evaluating McCoy to see if he could possibly be the long term solution at QB the Browns have sorely lacked since returning to Cleveland in 1999. If he is not the Browns may be in position to take a quarterback early in next April’s draft, where there should be a couple of potential franchise signal callers.
The harsh truth is that the NFL is a QB dominated league. The teams that consistently battle for playoff spots are the teams with top notch QBs such as the Colts, Pats, Steelers, Chargers, Saints, throw in the Eagles when they had McNabb and the Cardinals with Warner. With that in mind, let the Colt McCoy era begin!
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Written by Fran Berkman
Francis (Fran) Berkman is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY with a BS in Human Development. He is currently working towards a master's degree in journalism at Hofstra University. He lives in Massapequa, NY.