Much has been made about Cleveland Browns' quarterback Colt McCoy and whether or not he is a good fit in the NFL.
There are many believers, but there are nearly an equal amount of doubters too.
Some say he is too short (which is a ridiculous claim), some say he is not tough enough (he's a football player and they are pretty tough), and others say he is indeed the Browns' future franchise quarterback because team president Mike Holmgren has the track record of developing quarterback talent.
Regardless of what your take is on McCoy, he is often compared to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who McCoy is also a big fan of, so the following is a side-by-side comparison between the two to show the similarities.
McCoy stands at 6'1" according the the Browns' team site.
Brees stands in at 6'0" according to the Saints' team site.
Anyone who says McCoy is not tall enough to be a starting quarterback needs to put that excuse away for good, because McCoy has a good height for an NFL quarterback.
If Brees can be as successful as he has been while being an inch shorter, then McCoy will do fine.
McCoy weighs in at 216 pounds according to the Browns' site.
Brees is 209 pounds according to the Saints' site.
Some of the doubters have said that McCoy may not be able to take a beating in the NFL, but at his current weight there is no reason that he cannot take a beating, especially if Brees, who weighs in a bit lighter, can take it.
Just another example of the doubters fishing for any excuse they can find.
How can anyone really rate toughness and say one player has it but another does not?
Brees has shown his toughness by staying in the pocket and taking a hit many times in his NFL career, and McCoy did the same in Texas.
In this video McCoy gets sacked by Suh, who flings McCoy to the ground.
Yeah, McCoy should have probably thrown the ball away to avoid the sack, but this is football, and all players need to be tough to compete at both the college and pro levels.
McCoy is the winningest quarterback in the NCAA's history, and his stats are better than those of Brees when he was in college at Purdue. This could be a result of better players at Texas with McCoy, but the point is that both had good college careers, and Brees has been able to transition to the NFL successfully.
Brees's Purdue stats: 11,792 yards, 61-percent completion percentage, 90 touchdowns
McCoy's Texas stats: 13,253 yards, 70-percent completion percentage, 112 touchdowns
While in college, both McCoy and Brees were primarily playing in the shotgun formation behind center.
Because of this, many questioned whether either could be an NFL quarterback who could function well directly under center.
Brees has proven all his critics wrong, and with Holmgren present to help mentor McCoy, there is no reason Colt cannot be under center and successful with the Browns too.
To continue the comparison from the last slide, here is a collection of Brees' Purdue highlights to show he was indeed a shotgun quarterback just as McCoy was.
Both Brees and McCoy were Heisman Finalists two times each.
McCoy was a finalist in 2008 and 2009.
Brees was a finalist in 1999 and 2000.
Both McCoy and Brees won similar awards at the college level, including both the Maxwell Award for most outstanding college player and the Davey O'Brien Award for the nation's top quarterback.
Brees won the Maxwell in 2000 and the O'Brien in 1999.
McCoy won both the Maxwell and O'Brien in 2009.
Brees has been known for his high football intelligence, and McCoy has said to have a high football IQ as well.
Back in 2000 Brees, along with one other player (Kyle Vanden Bosch), was named to the National Scholar Athletes list in its second year of naming college athletes.
McCoy was named to the National Scholar Athlete list in 2009 alongside other notables like Tim Tebow and Eric Decker.
It is well-known (or should be by now) that McCoy has looked up to Brees and that Brees was one of his idols while he was growing up and playing at Texas.
Brees even reached out to McCoy while he was at Texas to give him advice, tips, and whatever else mentors give to their fans and pupils.
Brees is a class act, and since McCoy has followed Brees closely and has been a fan, his career could closely mirror that of Brees'.
This also is speculation, but the key to success in McCoy's case is not only the advice he has already received from Brees while in college, but also the fact that Holmgren has decades of quarterbacking knowledge to share with McCoy.
Only time will tell if McCoy will really succeed in the NFL and with Cleveland, but until then Browns' fans can only hope for the best and that Holmgren can work his magic once again.
You may or may not agree with this comparison article, but that is why the comments section is provided below, so you can express your thoughts and opinions on this matter.
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