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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: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:46 pm

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

"If you remember COlts dad talked him out of going back into the TExas vs...??? BCS bow game prior to COlt being drafted....He was protecting his draft status at that point."

That makes no sence at all, his dad did not hold him out of the BCS championship game to improve his draft status...  Him not playing in that game moved him from a top 10 pick all the way down to 85th.  He did not play becasue he had a pinched nerve in his arm and couldn't even raise his arm above his shoulder.  That pinched nevr cost him millions and cost UT the championship!

It's amazing the stuff people make up and pass off as fact.

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:40 pm

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

This is the NFL and the speed up the game is very fast and the defense is out there to stop the QB. It is very unfortunate that Mccoy took a hit like that but look at Big Ben and a lot of QB's take big hits. To be honest I don't think Mccoy is a starting NFL QB. He would be a decent Backup but I don't see the leadership or the arm skill to make the throws at the NFL level and the ability to read a defense by Mccoy. Maybe he does need more talent around him but I have seen nothing from Mccoy this season that leads me or anyone else that Mccoy is a starting NFL QB. He is done after this season and Cleveland need to look in the draft and get a NFL ready QB. The kid out of Baylor would be what they need. He is very athletic and mobil and he can throw the ball down the field and make all the long throws and he is very accurate. Good luck next year Mccoy but your days as a starter are done and I wish you well. You were a very good college QB but the speed of the game is to fast and you aren't talented enough to start at this level.

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:35 pm

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

And James Harrisons accountability here?  What does Colt McCoy's talent have to do with anything or value to a team?  Harrison is a reckless animal with a pea sized brain.  Its time to quit slapping him on the wrist and get serious with him by jepordizing his career like his lack of discipline jepordizes anybody he plays against.

Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:31 pm

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

This from a Chargers fan makes it even more funnier.

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:30 pm

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

It was just like the hit Vick too earlier this season. Hit to the head...then player grabs hand to stay in the game.  The players are as much if not more at fault in this as the teams.  In both cases(Vick/McCoy), the players clearly lied to the medical staff and coaches so they could keep playing. Short of maybe taking the facemasks off the helmets or permanently banning Harrison, I don't think there's much more that can done about concussions.  It's an occupational risk that everyone involved with football(players, teams, fans) needs to accept. If people can't, they shouldn't watch, play, or have anything to do with football.

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:28 pm

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

Whether he is an NFL starting QB really isn't an issue here.  Of course the Browns coaching staff should not have sent him back out on the field.  But secondly why was James Harrison still in the game after the hit?  Harrison is a cheap shot opportunist and totally uncontrolable by his coaching staff and the commissioners office.  Harrison is repeatly fined for helmet to helmet hits, late hits, unsportsmanlike conduct.  The question is is James Harrison an NFL linebacker or a hockey player?  I know football is a contact sport and no one should get fined for a hard hit.  But Harrison had plenty of time to pull up, pullover or stop. But no he chose to unload and now I feel its time for the commish to suspend this pit bull for a couple of games because nobody has got this jerks attention yet.  I would love to see Tebow lower a shoudler on this clown and rattle his fillings on a play 25 yards from the ball and Harison be defensless and unsuspecting it was coming.  Time for a huge fine Roger Goodell and a suspension.  The NFL doesn't need James Harrison maybe the NHL does but this act is getting old and needs to end before someone is crippled.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:26 pm

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

Anyone surprised? Seeing how it's Cleveland only makes it that much funnier, not for Colt McCoy but the simple fact that it seems like the Browns employ fast-food workers as medical doctors in order to get their player's back on the field only to lose anyways. What was there to gain from allowing him back in the game? A 5-8 record(had they won)? Get real! The place is a joke, from top to bottom and by the looks of it, you couldn't tell who was at the top and who is at the bottom in that franchise. So go ahead Cleveland, sign Hillis to a Huge contract. We haven't had any good reason to make fun of ya's since....well, yesterday. Who dey? Who dey? Who dey think gonna beat them Browns! EVERYBODY!!!!

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:22 pm

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

Really, a marginal player in the league like McCoy whose job is on the line each and every week is not going to say anything that might jeopardize his job. By not saying anything he is jeopardizing his life. The NFL does not care about his life that is for sure. Unless it will make them look bad. There are a dozen guys waiting to take the job from McCoy and he knows it.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:09 pm

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

I liked Colt McCoy coming out, but he seems to me like a guy who will play to the level of those around him, rather than elevate them.  He could probably be a decent starter if you gave him a cast that was amazing in the first place.  He'll be a low end starter/high end backup his entire career, I think.

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:07 pm

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

YEah agreed that the Dads should shut up...If you remember COlts dad talked him out of going back into the TExas vs...??? BCS bow game prior to COlt being drafted....He was protecting his draft status at that point.

With all the speculation from fans and media of if a player is really hurt (ie. culter, now forte) it is obvious COlt did not want that stigma attached to him.

If yuo want Colt to Speak for himself it has to start by him telling the coaching staff that "he sees three of each of them" and not play it off just to keep his reputation intact.

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