The third-round draft pick and quarterback of the future wasn't even supposed to play during his rookie season. This was supposed to be a year of learning by observation for him, a time to watch from the bench as Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace taught him how to be an NFL quarterback by example.
But thanks to untimely injuries to both Delhomme and Wallace, McCoy's season of observation from the sidelines was not to be, and he was thrown right into the fire just six weeks into his rookie year, against uber-talented, hated rival Pittsburgh, no less.
It wasn't exactly the way anyone would script it for their team's brand spanking new, fresh-out-of-college quarterback, but football has a nasty way of forcing you to play the hand you're dealt.
So it was for McCoy who, considering the adverse circumstances under which he made his debut, actually did a darn good job in his rookie effort for the Browns. There were some pleasant surprises in what he showed on the field as well as some major letdowns, but all in all, it left Browns fans feeling pretty good about their future under McCoy at the close of the season.
There are probably more surprises in store from McCoy in 2011, some good and some bad, but here are eight predictions for the Browns' young gunslinger that should be pretty safe to bank on.