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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: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:09 am

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

McCoy should not have gone back in that game but what is worse is having daddy be the one making a stink. They have agents for a reason whats next we have mommy and daddy on he sidelines telling coaches if their kids can play or not. This is pro fotball not little league parents shut up and let the team doctors and agents do their job. McCoys dad just made him sound weak.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:41 am

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

He should have never gone back in. When he did, you could see in his eyes that he was in a daze.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:18 am

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

This call aganst the Browns is so easy, it isn't funny.  My son is a coach in professional sports and quite familiar with concussion-like symptoms.  These symptoms often show up a substantial time after the actual incident.  Go read Joe Namath's I Can't Wait Until Tomorrow and you'll find out that playing in a game after after receiving a concussion is basically giving away part of your life that you'll never get back.  I have no judgement on Harrison's hit, because the circumstances can make the play a judgment call.  However, it is clear that the Browms screwed up by putting McCoy back into the game.  One main reason why McCoy's father is making the ruckus about this is because his son, in the wake of his concussion, is essentially defenseless and someone needs to call the Browns on this now.

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 5:42 am
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Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 5:27 am

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

McCoy rolled out of pocket, but never lowered his head...go watch the play before you go off on a rant about how bad you feel for Harrison.  You can't lower your head and hit a QB who is upright like that, and expect not to get fined for it.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:48 am

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

What's there to review...if Harrison had remained upright, his torso would have drove through Mccoy instead of his helmet. He lowered his head. That's a headbutt. Punishment? A hefty fine, can't suspend him for this one. A dirty play nonetheless.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:27 am


I don't say this much...and I'm normally a bit critical of anybody that has that much to say on a simple Sports forum.  But that was just an excellent post.  That might be the best post I've ever seen.

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:54 am

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

First, McCoy's Dad needs to stay out of his grown adult son's business.  Commenting publically about something that happened to your adult son really shows to McCoy's father's inability to "let go".  I understand the desire to protect your child but he is a college educated professional sports athlete - stop being a helicopter parent to your adult son and let him make a public statement.

This has to be one of the stupidest comments I've heard in months if not years.

Second, I feel bad for McCoy who will undoubt have his toughness questioned because his "Daddy" decided to make a public statement for his little son.

So McCoy has his head blasted off. Anyone with a brain (obviously you are not included) sees that he should not return to the game. Yet he does return to the game and now an idiot like you is gonna question his toughness? Because of what his Dad said???

Dude, you are an absolute farking idiot.   

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:42 am

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

Shurmur also said that McCoy told the Browns coach "I'm ready to go"
The fact that he would even attempt to use this to defend his actions makes me question if he's suitable to be a head coach.  Well, that and his team's play.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:18 am

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

gopokes, I agree with most of what you said.  However, McCoy was not a protected QB.  Harrison committed spearing which you even admit is worth a fine.  That is the textbook example of a spear and contrary to your claim McCoy did not manuever himself into the way of Harrison's head. 

Harrison did not have to pull up - he simply had to make a hard legal hit by keeping his head up.  McCoy would have still been clobbered and felt the hit clear to next week, but his head probably wouldn't have snapped backwards in such scary fashion.

Brad McCoy really does need to stay out of it - Colt can't control what his dad does but people will talk like Colt is being a kid and getting daddy to help out.  

The Browns should have kept McCoy on the bench.  Players are always going to think they can play.  But no matter how tough a guy is - and everyone at this level is tough - wooziness isn't something you can just will your way through.  He was obviously affected and his brain was still recovering from the jarring effects and hundreds of thousands of fans and viewers could tell - but the team couldn't tell?

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