Why It's Not Fair to Judge Colt McCoy on Weaponless Browns Season

Brian BelkoContributor IIINovember 20, 2011

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 13: Head coach Pat Shurmur talks with quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns during the first quarter against the St. Louis Rams at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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With the shocking lack of weapons on offense, it is not fair to judge Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy on this season.

McCoy is under center on a team that just can't do much on offense. Being forced to start a practice squad running back is not helping things, as opposing defenses can key in on the anemic Browns passing game.

Lack of Playmakers

Despite having very little time in the pocket and not having any playmakers at the receiver position, McCoy has managed to put up decent numbers this season.

McCoy has thrown for 1,982 yards this season with 10 touchdowns compared to six interceptions. He has completed 58.8 percent of his passes and has earned a 78.2 passer rating.

Those numbers are not mind-blowing by any means, but should be taken with a grain of salt. His leading receiver this year is rookie Greg Little. Little has caught 37 passes for 379 yards and zero touchdowns.

When compared with the top receiver on the AFC North leading Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Wallace, who has caught 57 passes for 922 yards and six touchdowns, it is easy to see how far behind the Browns really are on offense.

New Coach, New System

It is also important to note that Cleveland is implementing a new offensive system under first year head coach Pat Shurmur. A lack of a normal offseason did not give McCoy and the rest of the Browns enough time to get comfortable in the new system.

McCoy did try to get his team in sync with several unofficial camps held during the lockout. Those camps came to be known as Camp Colt. However, they have not seemed to have helped too much so far this season.

Although some fans have already begun to throw McCoy under the bus, it is not really fair of them to do so. McCoy has done the best that he can with an offense that is hardly firing on any cylinders at all. The suspect play-calling that has been seen at times has only made McCoy's job worse.

McCoy should very much remain in Cleveland's plans for the future, and if the team can surround him with some quality offensive players, then the Browns could start contending in a couple of seasons.