I’ve always been of the mindset that when it comes to NFL teams, their present should reflect their future.
That’s why Colt McCoy should remain the starter for the Browns. He’s supposed to be their future, so in the midst of another losing season why not make him their present too?
McCoy has a long way to go before he can lead the Browns to the Super Bowl, the playoffs, or even to a winning season. But Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme (especially Delhomme) aren’t the long-term answers the Browns need at quarterback. When healthy, Wallace may give Cleveland its best chance of winning right now but if the franchise isn’t moving forward, there’s no sense in moving laterally either (which is what they would be doing if Wallace was their starter).
I wouldn’t be saying this if I didn’t think McCoy could handle the pressure. If he looked like Jimmy Clausen did in his first couple of starts, then the tone of this article would be entirely different. But in two starts this season, McCoy has completed 32 of his 49 pass attempts for 355 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He didn’t set the world on fire with his 9-for-16 performance against the Saints two weeks ago, but he didn’t need to either. The Browns won because they didn’t make any mistakes and the defense kept forcing turnovers. Granted, he’s working with a scaled down version of the offense, but all young quarterbacks (whether they’re the No. 5 overall pick or the No. 85 overall pick) have to start somewhere.
Again, this is about the future and the future is Colt McCoy. The best way to learn and grow in the NFL is to play and McCoy has more than held his own against the likes of the Steelers and Saints on the road. He’ll receive another big test this Sunday against the Patriots, but he’ll be fine.
And if he’s not, then at the very least he’ll be taking his lumps with the guys that’ll be staring back at him in the huddle for years to come.