Why Colt McCoy Is Not The Answer For The Cleveland Browns

J GatskieCorrespondent IApril 14, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 5: Colt McCoy #12 of the Texas Longhorns looks to pass the ball during the Big 12 Football Championship game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Cowboys Stadium on December 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Colt Mccoy was a great college quarterback. He set a NCAA record with 45 wins and was the undisputed leader of the Texas Longhorns potent spread attack. More than once, he pulled a victory away from the grasp of defeat and he has been properly celebrated for his accomplishments on the field.

In his career he threw for 13,253 yards and 112 tds with only 45 interceptions. A very good athlete who ran the 110 meter hurdles in high school, he rushed for 1589 yards and 20 touchdowns during his time at Texas.

In the past year alone he has won the Maxwell, Davey O'Brien, Chic Harley, and Johnny Unitas Awards which go to the best: overall player, best senior quarterback, coaches player of the year, and best quarterback.

By any standard, that is quite an impressive collection of awards.

Despite his accomplishments at the collegiate level, he is not viewed as a sure thing for an NFL prospect. His stature (6'1" 220) and arm strength do not measure up to other elite prospects like Sam Bradford (6'4" 236) and Jimmy Clausen (6'3" 223).

Due to concerns about his size and arms strength, some mock drafts have lesser ranked talents like Jevan Snead (6'3" 220) and Tim Tebow (6'3" 235) moving ahead of Mccoy in the selection process.

The scouting report on Colt Mccoy reads in the positive: mobile, athletic, decisive, accurate, quick release, and good leader. The negatives are: physical frame size, weak arm strength, aims ball, no experience operating under center, and stares down receiver.

The Cleveland Browns have hired Mike Holmgren as their football Czar and he has retained Gil Haskell to teach offensive coordinator Brian Daboll the west coast offense. The Browns are in a cold weather city with an open stadium.

The west coast offense emphasizes a short, horizontal passing attack to help spread the defense out. By doing this, it opens the defense up to throws of longer than 14 yards and mid to long yard rushes in the middle of the field.

This type of offense differs from traditional run oriented offenses by having receivers run precise routes on up to 65% of the plays.The quarterback's function is primarily a three or five step drop and a quick, often blind strike to one of three to five targets.

The Browns are said to be working on a hybrid offense that fuses the smashmouth football we saw with Jerome Harrison at the end of the year, with the west coast Holmgren's Seahawks used to run. If that is indeed the case, then I am firmly against the selection of Colt Mccoy as our quarterback of the future.

The heights of the Browns offensive lineman are as follows: 6'6",6'6", 6'6", 6'4", and 6'4". Those are the starters: Joe Thomas, Eric Steinbach, Tony Pashos, Alex Mack, and Floyd Womack respectively. According to several scouting reports, Mccoy does not use the jump pass like Drew Brees does and he didn't always see over his lineman in college who were smaller than the aforementioned Browns.

Mccoy has spent his career primarily finding receivers out of the spread(he took 12 snaps from center last year), so finding passing lanes as a drop back quarterback will both be new and difficult. Without that jump pass and at only 6'1", he would be at a definite disadvantage when it came to seeing and passing over his offensive line if he was a Cleveland Brown.

With the west coast requiring blind passes stuck in there with a lot of velocity, his lack of arm strength becomes an immediate issue. He has an average sized frame and I am not sure if he could take the pounding teams like the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers deliver. 

The west coast requires the quarterback to make three and five step drops and Mccoy operated almost solely out of a spread formation at Texas. It is pure conjecture as to how he would fare making the transition.

The Browns play their games in a stadium that borders a lake, is often windy and cold, and a quarterback needs significant arm strength to throw deep outs and sideline routes there. Without that arm strength many of his balls will float come November and December. Many draft pundits have chastised the Bills for considering Jimmy Clausen based on his arm strength for the same weather based reason.

Mccoy allegedly has a weaker arm than Clausen.

This is a very important decision for the Cleveland Browns franchise and its fans. In a year or so, whoever is drafted is going to be handed the reins and asked to lead our beloved team back to national prominence.

I think Colt Mccoy is a wonderful college quarterback, a good human being who once saved a mans life from drowning, and may someday be a serviceable NFL starter.

However, I do not think he is the answer for the Cleveland Browns. He is too small, has never operated under center, and does not have enough arm strength for our system or city.