There are a lot of opinions floating around out there on Colt McCoy as he gets nearer to his first full season as an NFL starting quarterback. Some are good, some are bad and some are unwilling to completely commit at this point.
As a firm believer in the future of Colt McCoy, I see little merit in opinions that brand him as an automatic failure. He's done nothing thus far to indicate that he deserves such a condemnation. Let's let him actually fail before we all decide to tell him he's a failure, okay?
However, I do understand that when it comes to McCoy's potential success as a franchise quarterback, it may be too soon to say for certain. I think McCoy has what it takes to succeed with the Browns in their chosen offense, but that still remains to be seen as well.
Much of it will depend on McCoy himself, but some of it depends on other external factors involving other members of the Browns organization that are out of McCoy's control. Following are five major external factors that will influence whether McCoy sinks or swims in 2011 and going forward.