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No, no! I'm a quarterback!
Maybe Colt McCoy could start the NFL support group for “Plan B” quarterbacks. He could take Alex Smith, Matt Hasselbeck and Kevin Kolb on a retreat where they resurrect their self-esteem and stoke the “I’ll prove you wrong” fires.
Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow could come in for couples' therapy.
According to Mike Holmgren, Cleveland was “aggressively involved” in throwing draft picks at St. Louis in order to move up and snag Robert Griffin III.
It even took the former coach several days to come out in lukewarm support of his existing QB:
"I’m not down on Colt McCoy at all. But I will always—and as long as I’m in a position like this—we are always going to look for quarterbacks. Make that pile a little bit bigger."
Gee, don’t strain a praise muscle, there, Mike. I'm sure Colt is positively thrilled to be atop your quarterback "pile."
I wonder if this sounds familiar to Tim Tebow. And we know how that ended up.
Will Plan B become Plan C (or would that be Plan A, Part Deux?) if Heckert drafts either Ryan Tannehill or Brandon Weeden?
If the Browns reach for Ryan Tannehill early, they might as well put up a billboard (since there’s a lot of that going around these days): “Colt—it’s just a matter of time.”
Tannehill has a whopping 19 college starts. Well, Mark Sanchez only had 16 and that turned out…well, maybe that’s not the best example.
For a young man who was considered a potential fourth-round pick going into the 2011 college season, Tannehill's rise has been nothing short of meteoric. By midseason, he was being projected in the second round and now he is being discussed as the fourth overall pick in the entire draft.
He did throw for 5,000 yards in less than two seasons and completed 67 percent of his passes. Like McCoy, he suffers a bit in long-ball accuracy. His experience as a wide receiver is testament to his athletic talent, but surely no one is thinking that he is anything other than a project. Surely.
Brandon Weeden is the old man of the draft at age 28. He, too, is a versatile athlete who had been playing baseball before returning to college. His maturity was on national display in the all-star games and at the combine.
If he fell to the Browns later in the draft, McCoy might be able to believe that the team views him as the starter, with Weeden as the nearly-perfect second-string passer.
Ah, but Holmgren’s best buddy, Seneca Wallace, not only has the backup job sewed up—he still wants to start. Hmmm.
Somewhat lost in the annual QB hype is Kirk Cousins. One of the only quarterback prospects who was enough of a risk-taker to throw at the combine, he also scripted his own plays for his pro day.
The Michigan State product shone in Indy, but had more mixed results in his workout. Coaches were impressed with his script and his deep throws/ball speed, but generally concluded that accuracy was of concern.
However, Mr. Cousins was seen having dinner with Mr. Mike Tomlin of Pittsburgh. Heck, the Browns should take the kid just to keep him away from the Steelers.
Or perhaps Holmgren is lusting after USC’s Matt Barkley, who will not enter the draft for a year. Great, we could have this whole conversation again next March. I’ll save this slide.