Analyzing the Best 2012 Options for Cleveland Browns QB Colt McCoy

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystAugust 22, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 16:  Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns drops back to pass against the Green Bay Packers during a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 16, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Browns defeated the Packers 35-10.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It's been a rough offseason for Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy, and it doesn't appear that the storm clouds are going to part anytime soon.

After a lackluster season leading the Cleveland offense, in which the Browns only won four games and McCoy ranked 31st of 32 starting NFL quarterbacks in yards per attempt, the third-year pro watched the Browns draft Oklahoma State signal-caller Brandon Weeden in the first round of April's NFL draft.

The Cleveland front office paid some lip service to the idea of a quarterback "competition," but in all honesty that competition ended the instant that the Browns spent the 22nd overall pick on Weeden. To no one's surprise, the rookie was handed the starting job before the preseason even got underway.

To McCoy's credit, outside a bit of grumbling just after it was announced that Weeden would start the season opener, he has displayed the same professionalism and attitude that's been the hallmark of both his collegiate and professional careers. McCoy recently told the Associated Press via ESPN that he hasn't asked to be traded:

"I love my teammates, I love this organization, I love this city," McCoy said Tuesday after another practice with the second-team offense. "I got drafted here, I spent a lot of time here, I feel comfortable with what we're doing," McCoy said. "We've been through a lot of ups and downs, and I'm a Cleveland Brown. That's what I am."

Unfortunately for McCoy those sentiments may go for naught. In all honesty, a change in scenery might be the best thing that could happen for the 25-year-old.

Speculation has been rampant that the Browns would entertain anything resembling a reasonable offer for McCoy. The "brain trust" in Cleveland (possibly the loosest usage of that phrase, well, ever) has hitched their wagon to Weeden. The last thing that the 28-year-old rookie needs is fans clamoring for McCoy, who is very popular among many Browns' faithful, at the first sign of trouble.

The Browns seem to already be paving the way for McCoy's exit. McCoy got the competition he wanted, only it's with Seneca Wallace to be Weeden's backup. Add to that the fact that head coach Pat Shurmur has already indicated to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer that second-year pro Thad Lewis will be the team's third quarterback, and the writing's on the wall.

Shurmur acknowledged that his desire to hang onto Lewis will impact McCoy and Wallace.

"Yeah, I think so,'' he said. "There’s no telling what's going to happen at this point. We’ve got a few days left here, close to 20, before we’ve got to make the final decision.”

Think the fans are going to call for Wallace or Lewis if Weeden struggles? Me neither.

So, as things stand today it appears that Colt McCoy's days in Cleveland are numbered. Hey, maybe if Graham Harrell continues to stink up the joint the Green Bay Packers will come calling and McCoy can go to Lambeau and back up Aaron Rodgers.

Sure, he probably won't see the field much, but at least he'll be re-introduced to a sensation he hasn't experienced since his days at the University of Texas.