At the start of the 2010 season, Colt McCoy's rookie year, no one expected to see much of the newly-drafted QB on the field that year. McCoy was supposed to be watching from the bench, learning the ropes by observation.
But things didn't quite work out as planned, as they often don't in football, and injuries to both Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace forced the Browns to put the young McCoy into action before they had intended.
The results were a mixed bag—McCoy held his own despite how green he was, but didn't turn out to be the miracle worker we all had hoped he would be right out of the gate. McCoy showed he had the potential to lead the franchise, but he also showed he still had a lot of work to do.
In 2011, McCoy will begin the year as the Browns starting QB. But will he become the franchise quarterback that we all hope he can be for now and the future? At this point, it's far too early to say for certain that he is or isn't capable of filling that role, but we can go ahead and take a look at the factors that might contribute to how McCoy's career with the Browns will ultimately play out.