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McCoy's dad angry at Browns; NFL 'will review'

Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:18 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 8:07 pm
By Will Brinson

On Friday's podcast, Ryan Wilson and I wondered whether or not Browns quarterback Colt McCoy should have re-entered the game against the Steelers on Thursday night (a contest Cleveland would ultimately lose anyway).

We weren't the only ones curious -- McCoy's father believes his son "never should've gone back in the game" and the Browns never checked the quarterback for a concussion on the sideline.

"He never should've gone back in the game,'' Brad McCoy told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "He was basically out [cold] after the hit. You could tell by the rigidity of his body as he was laying there. There were a lot of easy symptoms that should've told them he had a concussion. He was nauseated and he didn't know who he was. From what I could see, they didn't test him for a concussion on the sidelines. They looked at his [left hand.'' reached out to the Browns first thing on Friday morning for a comment on the decision to put McCoy back in the game but as of this writing hadn't heard back.

An NFL spokesman told that "We will review [the decision] with the team." The league would not speculate on any potential disciplinary outcomes for Cleveland based on the findings of their sideline medical evaluation.

Our initial decision to inquire about the decision to the team stemmed from a report that the Browns public relations team asked reporters to not use flashes on their cameras during McCoy's press conference. McCoy's father pointed to that as a problem as well.

"After the game, the [public relations staff] made sure Colt's interview was brief and he couldn't face the lights in his press conference,'' Brad said. "The TV lights and the stadium lights were killing him. Why would you say he was fine? That makes it even worse.''

The NFL's review of this incident will be interesting. According to Brad McCoy, his son told him that he didn't remember losing the game or playing in

"I wouldn't have put him back in the game," Browns coach Pat Shurmer said when asked about whether or not McCoy exhibited concussion symptoms. "I definitely don't want to put a player out there that's putting himself at risk if we know it.''

According to Shurmur, per Cabot, McCoy didn't begin exhibiting concussion symptoms until he was "leaving the locker room." Shurmur now says the Browns are "proceeding" as if McCoy has a concussion but insists that the Browns didn't know about it when he returned to the game.

"I feel very confident that if he wasn't able to play we would have stopped him," Shurmur said. "I can assure everyone that we followed protocol."

Shurmur also said that McCoy told the Browns coach "I'm ready to go" and added that he understood Brad McCoy's stance since Shurmur is also the father of a young quarterback.

Now seems like a good a time as any to remind folks that the NFL should look into researching and developing a sideline, handheld and objective concussion test.

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Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:13 pm

McCoy's dad angry at Browns; NFL 'will review'

This is easy to fix, and the fix would make as much sense as ever other rule or "player safety" change made in recent years.

Everytime someone is tackled or blocked or blocks someone or falls down for that matter, in order to ensure their safety and health, they must be removed from the game and be evaluated by doctors.

These are grown men. Let them make their own decisions and live with those decisions. This is stupid.

Since: Sep 12, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:00 am

McCoy's dad angry at Browns; NFL 'will review'

Based on the competitiveness of teams and players, perhaps there should be an NFL official trainer on each sideline employed by the NFL to protect the players from themselves and the compete-at-all-costs nature of the teams. NASCAR has officials in the pits to prevent problems that arise from taking shortcuts. Perhaps the NFL would benefit from the same type of arrangement.

Since: Aug 28, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:00 am

McCoy's dad angry at Browns; NFL 'will review'

The headline should read, "McCoy's dad ensuring that the Browns draft a QB in the up-coming draft." If I were McCoy, I'd tell my dad to SHUT THE HELL UP...YOUR KILLING ME!" Even if the Browns didn't follow proper protocol, it just doesn't make any sense for dad to call them out on it - his son is in danger of losing his job as it is. Right or wrong, every football player has lied to his coach about an injury so he could get back in the game...especially when your worried your job may get taken away.

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:51 am

McCoy's dad angry at Browns; NFL 'will review'

I truly understand that McCoy's father would be angry.  However, McCoy's fathers anger is not properly directed.

There are two levels that require examination.  The first is the player's desire to compete and win.  In all of the years that I played competetive sports I never saw a teammate or an opponent that was obviously stunned/concussed/injured who did not immediately want to rejoin the game.  My teammates told the coaches and medical staff that they were not injured just to return to the game.  That is competetive spirit.  It isn't smart and it isn't considering your own welfare, but it is not giving up on your friends and teammates.  This is an attitude/motivation that is prevalent at any level of competetive sport.

The second is the money factor.  If you grow up poor and achieve a level of financial independence that takes you far away from the hunger and poverty in which you were raised you will do anything to stay there.  You don't consider that you may one day, even at a yound age, be brain damaged.  Most people who read this will not understand what it is like to be hungry and cold and barely surviving as a child and how athleticism has finally freed them of that burden.  A person would do anything to not go back to that situation.

The McCoys are not poor, but they did raise a son with a competetive spirit who believes in himself and believes in supporting his teammates.  This will go on forever because so many athletes will insist on playing hurt so that they don't let down the team.  This is what sport is built upon from pee-wee leagues to the NFL. 

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:17 pm

McCoy's dad angry at Browns; NFL 'will review'

You people that call this a sissy league are all ignorant.  Nobody wants to see someone's career end abruptly because of a head or neck injury.  I don't think you realize how life altering those kinds of hits could potentially be, and it's not like the league has changed that much anyways.  Really, how many of these penalties have you seen called this's players like Harrison who make it necessary to enforce these rules because they just choose not to learn.  He should be suspended for the remainder of the season, including post-season play, because he is not out there tackling but out there actually trying to hurt someone.  He leads with his head, and doesn't wrap up...that is not football.  And for those of you that say these guys make a choice to play?  I don't care if they chose to play a hard hitting game, players need to be protected when they are being speared in the head while upright and defenseless...period.  Those are the kind of actions that are potentially life altering.  I'd like to see you people calling it a sissy league take one hit, one tackle, and get up and keep playing.  I know I couldn't, and I don't think any Joe Blow posting on this site could either.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:14 am

McCoy's dad angry at Browns; NFL 'will review'

I'm very glad someone has already mentioned how terrible the Browns' doctors and trainers are towards the players.  It amazes me how so many people thought Eric Mangini was one and done, when lo, in a sane world, Pat Shurmur would be fired promptly following the conclusion of the NFL regular season!  He obviously has no idea what he's doing, and forget playcalling and clock management; treating players like pieces of meat and lying about it later is farrrr worse than anything Jim Tressel, Lane Kiffin, Andy Reid, and most certainly, Eric Mangini has ever done!  The Browns are a good 10 years away from being a playoff caliber team, and they might be drafting a QB of the future yet again, not because McCoy didn't work out, but because he's too beat up to start for an NFL squad full-time, and contemplating early retirement!

Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:26 pm

McCoy's dad angry at Browns; NFL 'will review'

What the heck is wrong with Colt's dad speaking up?  Somebody has to do it. 
You are darn right he had the obligation, and the right to speak up. What a crock this whole situation was.

BUT WAIT. Anyone else smell the hypocricy? Wasnt Shurmur the one that sent Colt back in when he should of been getting checked out for a concussion? The guy talks out both sides of his mouth at the same time
Even after the game and during the post-game press conference it was obvious to anyone with eyes, and/or ears that Colt was extremely out of it. He was acting spacey and delirious. He was haveing a hard time answering simple questions. Shurmur can make up any lie he wants. Anyone who knows anything about head injuries knows that the only thing that cures a concussion is time. There is no way that Colt was perfectly fine to re-enter the game when he was sent back in. End of story.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 5:59 pm

McCoy's dad angry at Browns; NFL 'will review'

I am starting to think the commish is a sissy. Football is a game of violence. The players that play all their lives, learn how to handle the pain of contact. If they dont like it they play another sport. In the Nfl players are paid millions. They suck it up, buy health insurance and play. THE FANS DON't care. What is going on. If he wants to play flag football of tiddlewinks he should resign and start a flag football league.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:13 pm

McCoy's dad angry at Browns; NFL 'will review'

Colt's dad didn't pull him from the Alabama game.  Colt couldn't play.  His arm went numb from pinched nerves.  He even said to one of the reporters "It doesn't hurt, it's just my whole arm feels dead."  Trying throwing an accurate pass if you cannot phsyically feel the sensation of the football making contact with your hand.

Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:44 am
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