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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.''

CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com 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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Comments

Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:33 pm
 

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

Hey dipshit, the Steelers are and have been one of the few franchises to cut a player for indescretions on and off the field.  The Cowboys and and the Patriots, and even the 49er's in the early 90's took anyone they think that would make them win.  Those are franchises with NO integrity.  Do your homework next time.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:28 pm
 

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

patsfan the coach has nothing to do with it. The doctor has the final say and he should be given a fine then fired. If the doctor deosnt clear him then he cant go back in.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:12 pm
 

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

Id say that putting a concussed player back in the game where he could suffer life changing brain injury is AT LEAST as bad as stomping on a players arm.  The coach should get a 2 game suspension just like Suh in Detroit.




Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:05 pm
 

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

Is McCoy 5 years old and his dad has to take care of him?
uh no, if this was Eli and his daddy i would agree on this, BUT it's not like Colt went out of his way to ask his dad to help him here. from what it seems, Colt McCoy may have had a concussion and his dad thinks he did and is angry about it and decided to speak up. Colt didnt ask him to say it.



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:57 pm
 

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

I'm so tird of listening to lying coaches. McCoy got a helmut to helmut hit from Harrison. McCoy layed on the ground for an inordinate amount of time. He wasn't even walking right. Then to listen to Shurmur, when he says he didn't know? That reminds me of when I was 6 and told my teacher that the dog ate my homework. The coaches who get caught putting in players that show symptoms of a concussion, always say the same thing,"I didn't know or I didn't see the hit". It's time the NFL made these inattentive coaches pay attention. If you risk a player health, a bigtime fine to start with. If it happens a second time, the head coach needs to be suspended for at least 2 games. Maybe that way they might be able to pay attention during the game.



Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:50 pm
 

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

Its a rough division.  Thats just how it is.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:40 pm
 

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

Fine and suspend the coaches and trainers heavily.  It is their job to protect the players, if they can't even do that they are at best incompetent, and at worst, are committing criminal malpractice/negligence as to their job duties.  Athletes are required to trust and listen to their coaches, when the coaches don't have their best interests in view it is a violation of that trust.

I boxed for a couple of years.  Nothing major, just amateur stuff.  But I still am proud of that and I think I have a little bit of insight into competitive sports as a result of my experience.  If your corner didn't take care of you as a boxer you were pretty much fucked.  I had a great team around me so this was never a problem, although the gameplans they gave me were shitty imo maybe I just lacked the talent to have better gameplans I guess.  Either way, I never suffered a serious injury and they knew exactly how hard to work me, they pushed me beyond limits that I thought I had, but they also stopped a match at any point that it looked like I couldn't compete (also good refs do the same thing, but your corner knows you best).

An athlete can't really take themselves out of a game, especially with the ridiculous media scrutiny.  Look at what happened to Cutler and LT in previous years.  The coaches should be making that decision and then taking the heat.  Bill Parcells always would, as do the other great coaches.  Parcells is known for toughness but if you were injured and you said you could play but he knew you couldn't, he wouldn't let you onto the field.  There is a story once where he kicked a guy in the leg to test.



Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:40 pm
 

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

The Steelers have always been one of the dirtiest franchises on and off the field.



Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:13 pm
 

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

Mr. Mc Coy, meet Mr. Craig James.  

Now jump off a cliff together.

Thank you.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:01 pm
 

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

I am wondering if you have ever witnessed any of the players that suffered and died as a result of the frequent concussions they received while playing the game.<br /><br />No amount of money can compensate for the well-being of a player after football.  Were it to happened to you or someone you hold dear, your outlook would be different, I am sure!
Rod, the game should be made safer (especially Middle School and High School football), but these players know what they are signing up for. They can always go get a real job and work for chump change. Nobody is forcing them to play football.


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