Colt McCoy: Thrown Into The Fire and He Can't Call 911

Pete WilliamsCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2010

DETROIT - AUGUST 28: Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns calls the play  in the huddle during the fourth quarter of the preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on August 28, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Browns 35-27.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Colt McCoy starting his first game against the Pittsburgh Steelers' top-ranked defense: I don't think that Mike Holmgren could have envisioned a worse scenario when he stated that Colt McCoy will NOT start this season.

What I think is even more worrying is the coaching staff on the sideline that will be calling the plays to Colt McCoy. Holmgren should seriously consider stepping into that offensive coordinator and save his young protege's butt from a bad beat down.

The good news is that:

  1. For one thing, Colt McCoy has more talent than both Delhomme and Wallace,
  2. The O-line isn't that bad, 
  3. Peyton Hillis is great...if he is not injured,
  4. The Cyclone is ready, so we get to see some more Cribbs,
  5. Colt is by far a better, more accurate passer than Delhomme and Wallace,
  6. Colt has the same mobility as Wallace,
  7. We get to see more screen passes to Cribbs,
  8. YEAH, we finally get to see more Cribbs !!

The bad news is that:

  1. Who is Colt going to throw to?
  2. Where is the deep threat that will keep the Steelers from stacking the box?
  3. Mangini doesn't like Colt he will probably have Brian Daboll run some plays that will get Colt killed so that he can get to play his guy Brett Ratliff.
  4. Mangini will play Delhomme with two broken legs before he puts Colt in the game.

My advice to Colt:

  • Whatever plays are called from the sideline (if its from someone else but Holmgren), you just have to run something else (because you can be sure that the play-calling will suck), and whatever you chose to run can't be any worse.
  • Don't be a hero; when it breaks down, go down.