Colt McCoy Shines in Cleveland Browns Victory over Packers

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IAugust 13, 2011

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 13: Starting quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 13, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns can take many positives away from their victory over the Green Bay Packers Saturday night. However, the biggest and most obvious has to be the stellar play of Colt McCoy throughout the first and second quarters.

McCoy impressed early and often as he went 9-10 and posted a passer rating over 152. Even more impressive is that McCoy used multiple receivers in his early drives and rarely had a pass shorter than 10 yards. Two of his biggest connections were courtesy of Josh Cribbs in the first quarter (touchdown reception) and Ben Watson in the QB's final drive.

Watson's 37-yard grab set the stage for a Peyton Hillis' rushing touchdown and gave Cleveland a 14-7 lead as the starters departed.

Fans and the organization have to be pleased with McCoy's early successes. The Browns offense as a whole has not had much time to work on complex schemes but avoided any major blunders in the game.

Mike Holmgren made a guest appearance with the Green Bay Packers announcers during the game's telecast Saturday night. "I am very pleased with how Colt handles himself on the field and in the locker room," Holmgren said.

"He (McCoy) is a little high-strung, but all I have to do is knock him down a bit every once in a while," the Browns general manager also went on to say.

Holmgren should be used to dealing with high-strung quarterbacks in the NFL as his illustrious coaching career has led him through the NFL grind with Brett Favre, Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Delhomme.

The Browns will look to carry their momentum into their second preseason game against the Detroit Lions on August 19.

McCoy and the rest of the Browns starters will likely a similar amount of playing time in Detroit before an extended performance against the Philadelphia Eagles later that week.

Brian Murtaugh is a Cleveland Browns Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Murtaugh is also the Browns fan voice at NFL Touchdown and the Cleveland Browns lead columnist for Rant Sport