Colt McCoy could be the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Right now, Browns coach Eric Mangini is leaning toward starting McCoy due to injuries to his first two options, according to ESPN. Talk about getting thrown right into the fire, because the Browns play the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend. The Steelers will also be coming off their bye week, and will have a very well-rested defense looking to take down McCoy. It’s hard not to feel bad for McCoy if he gets the nod, but at the same time, the Browns are paying him millions to take the field, so what is there to complain about?
McCoy wasn’t going to see any action in 2010, as the Browns are trying to bring him along slowly. In order to ensure that would happen, they traded for Seneca Wallace from the Seattle Seahawks and then signed free agent Jake Delhomme when he was released by the Carolina Panthers. Now Delhomme and Wallace are injured, both of them trying to deal with ankle injuries and aren’t practicing with the team right now. The chance still exists that they could get healthy by Sunday, but the reality is that Mangini has to get McCoy ready to make his NFL debut against one of the best defenses in football.
In order to try to find another option, the Browns just signed free agent quarterback Brett Ratliff as well, so if they don’t think McCoy is ready, at least they have a second option in Ratliff. Neither option seems like something that will lead to a Browns win on Sunday, so maybe it is more important to protect McCoy and his future by simply punting this game and putting Ratliff on the field. McCoy is not new to pressure situations like this, so maybe he could flourish. After all, he played in the Big 12 Conference, and has taken hits from Ndamukong Suh, which is probably as bad as it gets on the football field.
The Cleveland Browns appear to be heading to another bad finish in the AFC North, and have posted a 1-4 record through the first five weeks of the season. It puts them in last place within the division, with their only win coming against the Cincinnati Bengals in week 4. The season isn’t over by any means, but the team is still struggling to find a new identity with new quarterbacks, a new coach, and a new lead running back. The Browns are still a few years away from realistically competing for the AFC Playoffs, but maybe by pushing up the timetable on Colt McCoy, they can find out he is better than advertised.
The Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh game is on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m. ET.