Colt McCoy was the most accurate passer in the NCAA. He was a Heisman finalist. He was a star at Austin. He was beloved by almost everyone at UT. And, Colt McCoy was the winningest quarterback in NCAA D-I history.
But that was last year, and I prefer to deal in the present.
Now, Colt McCoy is a rookie third round pick for the Cleveland Browns. He is their third-string quarterback. He is the guy who might work out down the road. And, Colt McCoy is making his first start this Sunday, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He will lose, maybe worse.
The Steelers are No. 1 in the league against the run. This means two things: They will make the rook throw, and there will be blitzes, lots and lots of blitzes.
I don't think a rookie QB, especially one that 32 teams passed on twice, can handle that type of pressure.
This defense makes good veteran quarterbacks fear for their lives. There are so many linebackers running all over the field, it can be tough to keep track of where your receivers are.
The QB gets confused and throws one up. Then, whoosh, we're going the other way.
What the Cleveland Browns are asking Colt McCoy to do is borderline martyrdom. They'll tell him to go play his best, hang in the pocket against the rush. "Take one for the team," as they say.
Well, I say screw the team. If this guy is really your long-term solution at quarterback, why would you put him in a situation where 157 yards passing with two interceptions and four sacks would be considered not that bad?
You take a kid, who was a phenomenal college passer, and put him in a new system where he's taking snaps from under center regularly for the first time. Then you throw him out against a bitter rival who's a lot better than you.
Why? Quarterbacks can be headcases, and if start is an absolute disaster, we may not see Colt for a while.
So, for the kid's sake, for the fans' sake, and for the sake of the future of the Cleveland Browns, please wait a week on the start.
I realize Colt may seem like their best option for this game, and he may even surprise some people. But the long-term effects are too great to risk for an organization that has been at the bottom for far too long.