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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, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:49 am

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

This happened to me back to back games in high school where I got a concussion but didn't come out because I didn't show symtoms til after the game when I was told I complained about neck pains. I don't remember either game and I got the paper read to me both mornings and got to see how the game went in the film room haha. That being said if a guy is laying on the ground not getting up after a hit like that and not grabbing his hand he should obviously be checked for a concussion regardless of his awarness. I know the game wasn't in doubt yet but you can't take a chance like that on any player (much less your quarterback who in my opinion could be there future if they could surround him with some weapons) and it baffles me nothing was done.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:34 am

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

There are few things that can be seen from this article.

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.

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.  I also feel bad for Harrison who I do not feel was purposely looking to hurt someone permanantly.  That said, Harrison was looking to hit McCoy HARD and McCoy did not help things by lowering his head too.  I think that the NFL should stop fining all players for playing the game - they are far too liberal with the stationary and "remit payment" notices.  I mean a perfect example is the Harrison hit - how do you judge intent?  Sure, Harrison could have pulled up - if he did he would have possibly injured himself by taking a McCoy helmet to the gut or knee.  I think fines are warranted when you pick a guy up and slam him to the ground, you spear a guy, or you throw a punch.  What I am not okay with is that a former offensive lineman who likely never took a serious hit to the head is deciding who pays fines and who does not.  Where is the NFL's player association in times like this?  How could the NFL Player Association not have negotiated the maximum number or price of a fine in the CBA just recently ratified?  The Steelers are my second favorite team behind the Patriots.  Also, to show my loyalty to the NFL over the loyalty to my team I will say that I was an original "Brown Backer" and I still have my identification card because I was devasted when Modell moved the franchise to Baltimore.  To show how I am not biased to Baltimore I will say that I supported Ray Lewis when he complained about he and his fellow players being flagged for knocking down Tom Brady in the course of playing football.  I agreed with Lewis - QB's get too much protection.

Lastly, I don't disagree with the use of a machine of some sort to help check players for a concussion but I think it would be better if each NFL team was required to employee a neurologist in addition to an orthopedist that all of the teams already employee in addition to trainers and emergency medics.  If teams can afford to pay for specialists for their players why not make every team have an MRI machine on site with use of said machine available to both the home team and the away team to check players for initial signs of a concussion.  Want to know how I think that this can be settled easily?  Answer:  When there are cases of head-to-head contact for players on both sides of the ball both players will receive a "medical ejection" where both will be forced to undergo an examination by a neurologist.  Provided that a player passes the tests to verify that there are no signs of a concussion they will be allowed back into the game.  If the player sustains another head to head hit they are "medically ejected" again and may not return for the game due to the risks associated with multiple brain trauma.  I think the knowledge that players both on offense and defense (and special teams) may be removed from a game permanantly following a serious head hit or imflication of the hit more than once will force the players to adjust their playing styles.  A medical ejection can be made by a referee or the replay booth official and all decisions are binding per the official rules.  I think taking these safeguards will make football safer and will not cost an arm and a leg.     &

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:08 pm

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

If you have a 5 year old son and he suffers a head injury then we can only hope you go to jail - you moron.
The fact that you are "MWRedskins4" tells me a lot!  I hope that New England pounds you into the ground this weekend by 60!

So what you are saying is that it's a bad thing that someone sticks up for their son?  The son didn't say this btw.
Colt definately had a concussion and was confused.  Take a look at the film you fool.

I'm sure that Philly and Redskin - moronic fans of the NFL - bottom feeders - will respond.

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:01 pm

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

Let's see, you're 4-8, you have a servicable backup QB in Wallace and yet you decide to put your #1 QB back in the game to possibly get another hit and maybe long term brain damage. Seems like the coach and doctor needed their heads examined more than Mc Coy did. There should be a severe reprimand coming for these guys, they obviously put their possible pride in beating Pittsburgh ahead of Colt's health.    

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:00 pm

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

Well you sound like a Pittsburgh fan and probably illiterate.

Maybe you should read a bit before making such comments about head injuries and the impact on players.  I assume that you have a smaller brain so we're not worried about you.

What a D bag.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:39 pm

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

Nevermind the possible concussion, I thought they should have left Senaca Wallace in just because. I believe he would have finished the drive off leading the Browns to victory. Nothing against Colt, it's just that I'm not sure he had all his faculties. Disappointing loss, the Browns have to find a way to finish. 

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:29 pm

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

ddirkl: obviously not a parent and probably should never be a parent.

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:27 pm

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

Put some flags on the qbs or two hand touch cause this sissy crap is getting old.

Since: Mar 31, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:10 pm

His Dad needs a life

Who is he, why is he speaking?
Just like the national title game, why did we have to see his dumb azz?

Just go away old man and let your son live his own life, you didn't make it, he did.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:35 pm

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

Knowing both Brad and Colt McCoy personally, I know that Colt had several concussions while playing in High School where his dad was the head coach.  Brad would know from that alone if Colt had a concussion.  Brad is rightfully concerned about the Browns treatment of Colt.

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