Cleveland Browns: Possible Replacements for Colt McCoy in 2012

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Cleveland Browns: Possible Replacements for Colt McCoy in 2012
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The 2012 NFL offseason is, for those teams not fortunate enough to earn a playoff berth, upon us. Let the quarterback controversies begin. 

In Cleveland in this era of Browns football, that concept manifests as "is Colt McCoy the franchise quarterback or isn't he?"

For the record, I'll state yet again that personally, I have no interest in giving up on McCoy at this point. At the risk of beating a dead Colt (er, horse), it isn't truly possible to accurately evaluate his potential with the current, let's say, troubled, surrounding cast he has on his offense. He also doesn't get much help from the guy calling his plays. 

I also cringe a little at the overused term "franchise QB". It's a label that is all too frequently slapped on players prematurely as well as the root of endless speculation about young quarterbacks who are too green to have such a tag (even potentially) applied to them.

In reality it always goes something like, every guy is the franchise quarterback until he's not, then all of a sudden he's the Antichrist, when more likely, he was never anywhere close to either of those roles for his team in the first place. Over-hyping and then over-criticizing players of average talent is a huge problem when it comes to this particular issue. 

But in spite of all that, because the Browns have yet to officially give any indication that they're willing to fully commit to McCoy in 2012, the possibilities of what they might do instead of putting their faith in McCoy need to be discussed. 

Personally, I've yet to see an option presented at the position that looks solidly like a better alternative than giving McCoy one more season, but the Browns may have to take a risk on someone whose potential isn't clear to find that out, whether it's through the draft or free agency.

I remain firmly on Team McCoy, but until we know for certain that the Browns do as well, we have to take a look at the other candidates in the battle to become the next Browns' starting quarterback. 

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