When the Cleveland Browns drafted Colt McCoy in 2010, the organization hoped he would become a leader the entire city of Cleveland could rally around during trying times.
This summer, McCoy has led the Browns both as an educator and a quarterback, as the second-year pro has taken it upon himself to teach the team all about the west coast offense they will run during the 2011-12 season.
Three rookies will join "Camp Colt" in the coming weeks, as 2011 NFL Draft picks Greg Little, Jordan Cameron and Owen Marecic are expected to become important pieces in Pat Shurmur's offense. According to an article posted by Sean Leahy of USA Today, Marecic is really the only question mark when it comes to the summer sessions because of his academic obligations to Stanford University.
McCoy has shown great leadership throughout this uncertain time and is becoming a role model for the incoming rookies on Cleveland's roster.
Little will likely become the biggest incoming asset for the Browns' offense in 2011 if he can get up to speed on the new offense before next season begins.
Little has been away from the game of football for over a year as his final season with the North Carolina Tar Heels was taken away due to ineligibility. However, Little did put up some good numbers with the opportunities he was given in his career. Little compiled 62 receptions during his only season as a true receiver in 2009 and scored 12 touchdowns as he split time between running back and wide receiver.
The more time Little and the rest of his new teammates can spend together during summer sessions, the better off the offense will be next season.
The current NFL lockout will likely threaten summer mini camps and will also cause Cleveland to fall further behind many of the other teams in the league because of the coaching staff implementing entirely new systems.
McCoy has the weight of the entire Cleveland Browns organization on his shoulders at this point in the game. However, Cleveland fans are beginning to see the positive direction the franchise has taken under Tom Heckert and Mike Holmgren.
The rookies of this 2011 class can learn a lot from McCoy both on and off the field, as the former Texas Longhorn has been a true professional since being drafted last year. McCoy has not only become one of the faces of this growing franchise, but also, a hero in a city that has needed positive influences for a very long time.
McCoy has not announced any practice sessions to the public and will likely remain secretive to avoid outside distractions while the team is together. However, just knowing that the quarterback is rallying the troops is a positive sign for Browns fans everywhere.