Colt McCoy has been waiting to get his shot as a professional. With Jake Delhomme missing practice Thursday due to an ankle injury and Seneca Wallace being sidelined with a high ankle sprain, the 6'1'' rookie out of Texas will be making his first career NFL start this Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It will be an exciting match-up to watch this Sunday, seeing both Colt McCoy and Ben Roethlisberger lead their teams for the first time this season.
Big Ben is taking over for the Pittsburgh Steelers with a 3-1 record after serving a four week suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. On the other side McCoy will be starting for the Cleveland Browns in his NFL career debut, with a lousy 1-4 record but high expectations.
It will be a good first test for McCoy, going up against one of the less successful passing defenses this year. The Steelers have a 20th ranked passing defense which gives up an average of 226.8 passing YPG.
McCoy's phenomenal arm, which he exhibited to the entire nation while playing for the University of Texas, should do some damage to the Steelers defense in week 6. Last year as the starting quarterback for the Longhorns, McCoy put up some convincing numbers in the Big 12, showing a ton of NFL potential. In his 2009 season, Colt threw for 3,521 yards and 27 touchdowns, along with an unbelievable QB rating of 147.41 .
The Cleveland Browns have some solid wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs but they have produced poorly so far this season. The talent is there, they just haven't found that quarterback they click with. McCoy will be that quarterback, that's why the Browns drafted him.
With McCoy's style of play and leadership abilities, you can expect for him to bring the best out of his teammates in Week 6. Do not be surprised if Colt McCoy has a big game on Sunday, out-scoring Big Ben and the Pittsburgh Steelers.