Yes, I have officially jumped aboard the Colt McCoy bandwagon. I think the Cleveland Browns should commit to using the rookie quarterback as the starter from now on.
Granted, the Browns have capable veteran quarterbacks in Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace who are both injured with high ankle sprains. But as McCoy continues to show confidence and improvement during their absence, why turn this into a quarterback controversy?
McCoy proved during the loss at Pittsburgh and the NFL’s best defense that he could take a big hit and come back throwing the very next play. He showed great timing, accuracy and above all– poise.
In the win Sunday against the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints, McCoy not only showed his poise and good decision making, but actually had the Saints worried about the Browns passing game to the point that the Browns were able to run the ball successfully 11 straight plays in the second half.
You can make a strong case that McCoy has had a great supporting cast. Outstanding running by Peyton Hillis. Superb special teams play giving McCoy excellent field position. And, a coaching staff willing to take some chances.
But, for once, Cleveland went into the fourth quarter with a lead and actually kept it. How many times in the past when the Browns needed a key play did the offensive line get called for a false start? Or, the quarterback failed to keep track of the play clock and succumb to a delay of game penalty?
While its only been two games, McCoy has not made these dumb mistakes. This is not only a great sign of leadership but a good indicator that he is an intelligent guy and trusts his instincts and the playbook.
The Browns are heading into a bye week. They are 2-5. They still have a chance at a .500 season and dare I say….. the playoffs?
The time for McCoy to gain experience and grow within Eric Mangini’s system is right now.
The bandwagon is rolling.