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Colt McCoy is in a unique position in 2011. Cleveland fans desperately want a winning quarterback, and McCoy has already been labeled as the next Bernie Kosar for the Browns franchise.
But, the most intriguing thing about McCoy in 2011 is his potential to take over the entire city.
Cleveland wants and needs a hero to look up to since LeBron James headed for greener pastures last season. McCoy was only 2-6 as a starter in 2010 but gained the respect of the entire city with his poise on the field and his leadership during the NFL lockout.
However, McCoy will only be able to rise to star status if he wins football games. Pat Shurmur and Mark Whipple will be implementing a new system that fits directly to McCoy's strengths as a quarterback and highlights the strengths of his receivers.
That offensive system along with McCoy's ambition should be enough to take him to the next level. The key will be for Cleveland not to hit the panic button if things don't go smoothly early in the year.
McCoy is the NCAA record holder for wins as a starting quarterback. He has the ability to make smart decisions and has shown that he can be an accurate passer with proper protection. But, if Cleveland pulls the plug on him early, he will just be another talent wasted and another blunder for the franchise.