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Taking an Axe to the "Colt McCoy Isn't the Future Quarterback" Talk

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IMay 7, 2010

BEREA, OH - MAY 01:  Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns talks with team president Mike Holmgren during rookie mini camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on May 1, 2010 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Just two weeks ago, NFL writers and analysts were praising Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren for his methodical way of landing quarterback Colt McCoy in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft by passing over McCoy twice in the second round.

Now some of those same writers and analysts are saying how McCoy won't even be the future quarterback of the Browns.

My, how opinions can sway in only a few short weeks.

This is ridiculous and I cannot understand how these people can get paid to write when their opinions can change in less than a month's time.

Maybe, just maybe, they should wait and give McCoy a chance to actually play in a few games first before labeling him as merely a backup quarterback before he even steps onto the field on game day.

To reference a quote that was used in a recent "McCoy may just be a backup for the Browns" article here on Bleacher Report, and originated from National Football Post writer, Micheal Lombardi.

"I know much has been made of the Colt McCoy pick by Cleveland, but in reality, this pick will not stop the Browns from drafting a quarterback next year.  McCoy is viewed more as backup than a potential starter by team brass. Expect the Browns to get involved in scouting the top QBs in the draft next year."

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I cannot believe that someone like Lombardi, who by the way is a former NFL executive, has said this and should know better, especially when it comes to developing a quarterback.

Every NFL fan knows how important and delicate grooming a starting quarterback can be, and even Holmgren has said that a quarterback needs at least 30 NFL starts to gather up enough experience to fully understand the position and the pro game.

Since a quarterback needs approximately two full NFL seasons of starting experience, I look at Lombardi's comment as more of an opinion than any reported truth.

Sticking to National Football Post quotes, Wes Bunting had McCoy ranked as one of the players in this draft class who won't live up to the hype.

"A smart, athletic quarterback who can move around in the pocket and make plays on the move. But he lacks a great arm and doesn't have the skill set needed to get the football down the field once the weather turns frigid in Cleveland."

I'll give Bunting partial credit for his statement.  It has a bit of truth to it since it is tough to throw the football when December rolls in, but both legendary Browns quarterbacks Brian Sipe and Bernie Kosar didn't have the strongest arms when they played, and look how they faired playing on Lake Erie.

Arm strength really doesn't matter, because if the ball cannot be throw in terrible winter conditions for the Browns, then their opponents will not be able to successfully throw the ball either.

It goes both ways.

McCoy may have much to learn, but the one thing that puts him over the top is that he has Holmgren. I know that I keep beating the heck out of this, but Holmgren's resume does not lie and he has never drafted a first round quarterback in his NFL career.

Why would this change and in 2011 Holmgren all of a sudden picks a quarterback in the first round?

Holmgren knows what he is doing, he wanted McCoy all along even though Holmgren tested fate by not picking him in the second round, but fate has been very nice to Holmgren in the past.

Fate helped Holmgren groom Joe Montana, fate got Holmgren his quarterback from BYU in Steve Young, fate allowed Holmgren to trade for Brett Favre, who was a Falcons roster castoff that they did not want anymore, fate gave Holmgren Hasselbeck in the late rounds of the draft and then fate did not allow any other team to pick McCoy until the Browns were up on the clock.

Holmgren and fate are a powerful team when it comes to the quarterback position and this powerful pairing will show the NFL that McCoy is the future of the Browns, not some hypothetical first round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

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