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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: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:16 pm

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

Dad we got beat by a one legged man...WAAAAHHHHHHH!!! My daughter wont date LOSERS!


Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:13 pm

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

As a Texas Longhorns fan, we are very familiar with Colt McCoy. He's the kind of kid you'd want your daughter to marry. He exemplifies the persona of most native Texans. Colt is a tough kid, but the decision of coming into a game after a hit like that should not be the player's, but rather a professional medical experienced individual. Let me reiterate, this should not be the player or coach's decision, or any other coaching personnel. The decision should solely be on a medical professional. You don't play in the NFL if you're not a competitor. Most any competitor wants to be on the field helping his team - period - regardless of pain, fan sentiments or reputation. This is good and bad - for obvious reasons.

I just have a few responses to some of the posts made (from bottom to top):

  • Neither the Browns staff nor Colt McCoy should have the right to put him back in the game. He should have been medically cleared, and if they weren't, someone should lose their job. Period.
  • McCoy IS an NFL starting QB - unfortunately for a lousy team/organization. And last I checked, doing better than a number of other QB's, some with more talent around them. Sure, he's no Tom Brady, but then again, he's not surrounded by Brady's offensive talent either. He's out there busting his hump and setting a fine example of how to do things. Give him a break and let the "professionals" decide whether or not he's cut out to be an NFL QB.
  • Father's speaking on behalf of their son's - yea, that should be negative. Undecided Maybe if the media (papers/radio/etc.) would stop asking and/or interviewing athletes father's (or anyone else willing to give an "opinion"), they may not speak on behalf of them. Or just maybe, they're simply giving an opinion on a family member they care about. And I'm sure thay can all speak for themselves, but the fathers don't get fined by the NFL for what they say.
  • I think most of us can agree that you (DCGoGo) should shut up. But, just like them, they/you have the freedom to say whatever you want, whenever you want, regardless of content, intelligence or appropriateness. So for now - I guess we all just wish in one hand . . .
  • Also, you're so certain Colt's dad talked him out of going back in during a National Championship game (to protect his draft status), but you don't even know who they were playing?? (Here's a hint: they're playing again this year) Man, you must have been right there during the conversation.
  • Yea, I'm sure the first thing Colt thought about when he came to was whether the fans thought he was faking it. He probably layed out on the field a little longer thinking about it.
  • con·cus·sion/kənˈkəSHən/ - Noun: Temporary unconsciousness caused by a blow to the head. Also, loosely, aftereffects such as confusion or temporary incapacity.
  • Just thought I would throw out the 'ole definition for a concussion - since some people seem to think they still have the full ability to control speaking for themselves - soley for reputation of course.

Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:11 pm

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

Also with Dad! Colt was dazed too say the least. Even on television he looked like he was just running on instinct. I guess what I am saying is be sure the investigation includes the officials, especially those who interact with the QB. Colts actions sure seemed slow and deliberate after the hit, not natural and responsive.

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:09 pm

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

Mccoy had to of said he was good to go back in. I think he saw Big Ben playing through the pain and wanted to show his toughness too.
It was a close game and both teams wanted to win. Not a good idea to let either QB continue but if he says he's good to go..what do you do. I think this kind of thing happens alot more often than we think..

Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:08 pm

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

Harrison might not have had time to "pull up," a hit may well have been unavoidable, considering that Harrions is like a guided missile.  Unfortunately, like a guided missile, he usually hits what he's aiming for, and game speed or slo-mo, it kinda looks like he was, uh, headhunting.

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:06 pm

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

First off, for anyone watching, that hit (helmet to helmet) should cost Harrison a lot of money not to mention a few games off. I don't care if Colt McCoy supposedly acknowledged the hit to Harrison as being okay on a subsequent play. It doesn't make it right. I like an aggressive player but "Comon Man", Harrison has led with his head way too many times for this to be a fluke. If the NFL is serious about trying to stop head injuries this guy needs to be made a poster child and severely punished. Sorry Pitt fans, he will kill or severely injure someone someday if allowed to continue this form of tackling. It's not that hard to adjust.

Now for anyone that is a parent, I don't think you can blame McCoy's father for his comments. He has the right to protect his son. If he is wrong, then let a little embarrassment be the worst thing that has happened. But if he is right, then the NFL better put in some procedures that a player can't put himself in physical  jeopardy for fear of his job and that adequate measures are taken to assure his sound health before reentering the game. There maybe some fault to Cleveland but the NFL better make medical sideline concussion testing procedures uniform and manditory after any blow to the head.

Football, and mainly the NFL, is a very physical sport and injuries are part of the game. Needless decapitation is not! Until more facts are revealed, I'm with Colt's dad on this one.

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:58 pm

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

They should investigate how to score touchdowns....Really?!? Jess Sayin'

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:52 pm

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

Browns definitely need to be investigated.  If they did their due diligence...fine.  If not....

James Harrison on the other hand only be allowed to play without a helmet!

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:49 pm

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

Hey "Silky Smooth" does that mean your a ballet dancer. You certainly don't know the first thing about football. McCoy was certainly hit high and helmet to helmet. But you can't watch a slow motion replay and say Harrison had time to pull up. McCoy had the ball under his arm until the last split second. Harrison did attempt to lower his head slightly but certainly not enough. Sure Harrison will get fined and deservedly so, but the guy fly's to the football and is a viscious tackler. Harrison isn't out to hurt anybody, that is a fact. Football is a violent sport. Every team in football would love to have him on their team. Please tip toe your way to some other blog, you really don't have a clue here.

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:47 pm

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

Most players with a heart or desire will lie to get back in the game. That has nothing to do with Harrisons cheap shot and the Cleveland coaching staff.  Yeah ban/suspend Harrison until next year that will make a lot of people happy asides the Steeler Nation.  I love a hard hit as much as anybody but cheap shots at any level or on a player that is defensless is unacceptable and Roger Goodell needs to send that message to the Steelers and James Harrison post haste.  Occupational risk yes everytime the players take the field but if you can end someones career because you can and had the opportunity to make a better decision absolutely not!  Theres no place in the game for it under any circumstance.

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