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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
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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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Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:53 pm
 

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

See: Eli Manning......

There's a HUGE difference between a dad stepping in to make sure his son lives as opposed to seeing his son doesn't play on what he deems a sucky organization.

I'd be ticked if it were my kid. Someone who is concussed CANNOT make rational decisions and it is the TEAM'S responsibility to ensure he's safety, ESPECIALLY after he's been knocked out cold by a dirty helmet shot.



Since: Apr 4, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:48 pm
 

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

When we played football in High School and College, many moons ago, and we had our bell rung, the trainers would ask us : " What color is the grass ?"  The answer that they wanted was " It's green ".  Most often we would say that the grass was " Brown "...Hey, there is not too much green grass North of the 49th in late October or early November...unless you have a " red-green " color-blindness defect (which I have!!!).  To this day, the lawn in my yard is always green, unless it's under snow (ugh)...



Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:47 pm
 

Is McCoy a Toddler???

Is McCoy 5 years old and his dad has to take care of him? The fact that there is a big story about his dad putting his nose in NFL business is absurd. I highly doubt that the Browns put him in because they thought they suddenly were going to dominate the Steelers.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:33 pm
 

Concussed players

couldn`t McCoy have told the coaches he could not return, with the fear he had a concussion?


Concussed players do not necessarily make clear-headed decisions, needless to say.  What's your excuse?



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:33 pm
 

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

McCoy's dad needs to stay out of this whole situation.  I'd tell Shurmur to sit his bum QB son for good so then he can cry about his son not getting on the field. That being said, does anyone believe Colt didn't tell the coaches he wanted back in? I'm sure he did, and this was a smash-mouth type of game to begin with. Just ask the real QB in the game; Big Ben.   If Colt's poor old dad wants to put a skirt on his little girl he should help get him an office job. This whole things sounds like a lawsuit is looming. 



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:29 pm
 

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

As a college educated citizen, couldn`t McCoy have told the coaches he could not return, with the fear he had a concussion? Instead, he probably begged and pleaded with the coaches to return to the game
true, BUT most players are tough gamers and will try to play through the pain to prove they are tough and that's something i do admire from Colt McCoy, he is REAL tough. i admire the dad saying what he said, BUT he should keep quiet here, the Browns and Colt chose this. and i dont think Colt is upset over his decision to at least try to play.
He needs to retire. He's one or two rattles away. He's got the talent, but he ain't got the body for the blows. That wasn't no typical concussion.  
So is Michael Vick and any WR playing football, football is a contact sport, he knows what he signed up for, he shouldnt retire unless he is too injured to play football ever again.



Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:27 pm
 

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

Hey chevy98350, did u ever play sports?

You sound like a college educated citizen who never played.



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:55 pm
 

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

Nah my outlook wouldn't need to be differnet. I'm lookin' out for the kid. He needs to retire. He's one or two rattles away. He's got the talent, but he ain't got the body for the blows. That wasn't no typical concussion.  



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:54 pm
 

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

As a college educated citizen, couldn`t McCoy have told the coaches he could not return, with the fear he had a concussion? Instead, he probably begged and pleaded with the coaches to return to the game. People do forget, that they are NOT Slaves, and they DO have the power to say, they are not well enough to work.



Since: Dec 25, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:38 pm
 

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

Too bad the rest of the Browns dad's don't get angry that the Browns suck.  As a life-long and now suffering Browns fan, I'm sick of this team.  How can you even field a team this year with no wide receievers.  McCoy is left out there to fend for himself - no running game, no tight end, no wide receivers.  The team came back in 1999.  It's getting old.


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