This is hot of a “hot button” topic as you'll find right now in the City of Cleveland, and with good reason.
Right now, there's a much uncertainty surrounding the QB position as there's been in recent years.
Is Colt McCoy the guy? Should the browns sign a FA QB? Should Cleveland draft a QB?
I have been as outspoken on this matter as anyone else here on Bleacher Report, and I firmly believe that Colt McCoy CAN be the QB that Cleveland needs, however, he needs some help.
That said, I can see the argument for the other options as well.
A popular Free Agent name that keeps being thrown around is Matt Flynn from Green Bay.
There are a lot of reasons to like this option, he's got several years of WCO experience, he's undoubtedly had the chance to learn the position for arguably one of the best QB's Green bay has ever had, and while he lacks some of the tools elite level QB's have, he will likely be a ver good starting QB.
Matt Flynn, to me, makes some sense if Cleveland has decided that Colt McCoy isn't the guy they want. But, one has to wonder what the competition for his services are going to be like.
My gut tells me that he'll be one of the most widely persued Free Agent's on the market this coming season. Cleveland may not be ready to get into a bidding war for him. I think teams like the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets (yes...Mark Sanchez is that bad), Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins could be in the mix.
If they don't, the next option is to draft a QB.
Robert Griffin III is a potential option for Cleveland, however, with Matt barkley deciding to return to school, RGIII could see his value rise sharply. Thus, seeing someone trade up to get him prior to Cleveland isn't unlikely, with Washington being the primary candidate to do just that.
The other QB's, primarily Andrew Luck, will almost certainly go to Indy and Landry Jones doesn't really warrant a top 15 selection.
The important thing here, is that whoever the QB is going into next season, he too needs to be given the “keys to the car” and be given the opportunity to run every play in the playbook.
Pat Shurmur has limited his playbook, (or, he just doesn't have a very deep playbook) all season long. Very rarely has he allowed either QB that has played this year to throw down the field, and when he does, it's usually poorly set up, so, it becomes very diagnosable by opposing defenses.
It is important that whoever the Browns hire as an OC, has confidence in his QB and is willing to give them the chance to play the game while using the pklaybook in it's entirety.
I feel like Holmgren and Heckert may have decided that McCoy isn't the guy moving forward, and I think there's a distinct possibility that they will bring in another QB.
And frankly, I believe that's a mistake. Colt McCoy is a good QB, and he can be effective in the AFC North, despite what an anonomous NFL GM says about him. They also said John Elway wouldn't work in Denver since he was a "warm weather" QB, and well....the Hall of Fame says otherwise.
If you look at his numbers this season, they're not great. However, with the offense as being inept as it's been all season and the WR corps being as pedestrian as they've been, is it any surprise?
To date, Colt McCoy stats are:
57% completion – 2733 yards – 14 TD's – 11 INT's
While other AFC QB's are:
Flacco: 56.8% completion – 3480 yards – 19TD's – 12 INT's
Roethlisberger: 63.6% completion – 3856 yards – 21TD's – 14 INT's
Dalton: 58.9% completion – 3166 yards – 20TD's – 13 INT's
While all of the numbers above seemingly show that all the QB's are better than McCoy, you must also consider what McCoy has dealt with this season while evaluating those numbers.
Dropped passes, at least 4 dropped TD's, no running game, an inept OC....the list goes on. All of the QB's above have better supporting casts, from the RB's to the WR's and the O-Line to the OC.
Figure that McCoy has missed one game, and with the dropped passes probably and additional 400-500 or so yards, and at least 4 TD's. If his WR's make those catches they should, Colt's numbers look a lot better, and show he's on par with other QB's in the AFC North, save for Roethlisberger.
And, while I agree that Cleveland NEEDS a franchise QB, I don't know that anyone can fairly or adequately assess McCoy's performance this season, at least not how this season has progressed. The kid has only played in 21 games in his entire career, and Holmgren stated that it takes several years to thoroughly evaluate a QB.
And in ALL of those 21 games, he's played with a poor supporting cast.
If Cleveland has truly decided to move on from McCoy, I think that before making a hasty decision to sign a Matt Flynn or draft an RGIII, it may be smart to consider who will be available next year (2013) in the draft.
With Matt Barkely going back to USC for his Senior season, he now becomes the number one propsect going into 2013. Could Cleveland potentially use their 2 first round picks in 2013 to move up to get him?
If Colt McCoy is really going to relegated to clipboard duty, then I would be in support of Matt Flynn. However, I don't know that Colt has done enough...or...not enough to get there. He's a talented player, he just needs some help, and surrounding him with that help can only benefit the Browns.
I mean, if Cleveland brings in a group of talented players to help McCoy and he still struggles, then you'll know for sure, and at least you'd have that talent in place for the next QB. One more season makes a lot of sense.
Many questions remain to be answered, but one thing is absolutely certain. Whoever the QB is, he needs to be supported with players and coaches that will allow him to be successful. And that is something that McCoy has not had yet.