Tag:Colt McCoy
Posted on: October 21, 2010 8:23 am

Colt McCoy to start again for the Browns

Posted by Andy Benoit
C. McCoy (US Presswire)
Browns head coach Eric Mangini said rookie Colt McCoy will get the starting nod under center again this week when the team travels to New Orleans. McCoy is coming off a decent performance against the relentless Steelers D (23/33, 281 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions).

McCoy’s Week 6 showing is not what got him this week’s starting job, however. Veteran quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace are both still sporting walking boots because of high ankle sprains. The Browns have a bye in Week 8, so it makes sense to be patient and let the quarterbacks rest in Week 7.

If McCoy plays well against the complex, blitz-happy Saints defense, Mangini could have a very difficult decision on his hands. The Browns have basically already reached their annual “playing for next season” point, so going back to Delhomme or Wallace might not make much sense. Mangini, however, might be reluctant to develop the rookie because that could cost the team some games, which could ultimately cost the head coach his job. Then again, Browns president Mike Holmgren understands the situation and may be willing to give Mangini the benefit of the doubt.

But one step at a time: the Browns have a game against the Saints this week. And they’re counting on Colt McCoy to lead them.

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Posted on: October 20, 2010 2:25 pm

Dey Took Er Jobs: Always QBing in Philadelphia

Posted by Will Brinson

The Michael Vick/Kevin Kolb saga is the most amazing thing to happen to someone charged with writing a job competition column since Trent Green's spinal cord Jeff Garcia.

That being said, I think Vick's still getting the nod when he's healthy -- the "chubby" and "happy' Andy Reid pointed out (again) that he's got a "beautiful" situation and he does, primarily because Vick and Kolb are besties. (Or "BFF's" if you prefer.)

The Eagles travel to Tennessee for a tough Week 7 matchup, but there's no real reason to use Vick there -- the Titans put tons of pressure on the quarterback, Philly's offensive line is banged up and Vick isn't entirely healthy.

Make him the third quarterback, let Kolb prove himself at a high level again and cruise into the bye, at absolute worst, just one game back of the NFC East division lead.

Following the bye, Reid's decision isn't even that tough, because he's established that Vick is his starter. Once the speedster's healthy, hand him the reigns and let Michael Vick do what Michael Vick do.

Is that a slight to Kolb on Reid's part? Sort of, but not anything that's worse than what happened to him earlier this year. Plus, Kolb's under contract, he's not going to become worse by getting more time to develop, and Vick, regardless of the outcome against Atlanta, gives the Eagles the best chance to win.

Look no further than some of the "big" throws that Kolb made -- his bomb to Jeremy Maclin was fantastic, but it was also underthrown a little bit. Watch the replay and you can see Maclin, who was way past wide open, hesitate a little.

Similar things (wobble much?) could be said for some of the throws he made earlier in the game. That's not to say he's bad by any stretch. It's just that Kolb throws darts, Vick slings lasers and if Vick's healthy, he needs to be Philly's guy.

Steve Young, in recapping Monday night's game, suggested vaguely that David Garrard's concussion might actually be more of a "concussion," if you know what I'm saying.

If you don't, Young was implying that perhaps Garrad didn't suffer a concussion (in fairness to the Hall of Famer, the contact with his head on the turf was light and Garrard wasn't exactly playing lights out) and that he got yanked for stinking up the joint.

Enter Trent Edwards, who actually kind of inspired the Jaguars' offense for the final two minutes of the first half.

Of course, one Mercedes Lewis fumble later, and Edwards spent the first two minutes of the second half helping put Jacksonville in a worse hole.

Young's skepticism aside, it seems like the injury to Garrard is legit -- on Wednesday, he wasn't at the Jags' practice facility and the team had already signed Todd Bouman for the 4,535th time this season.

Plus, they added Patrick Ramsey to the roster on Wednesday; desperation is clearly in the air.

The only logical move is to roll the dice with Edwards and pray that he does well. If that happens, Jack Del Rio needs to dump about 10,000 pounds of Rophenol in the Jax River and hope everyone forgets about that Garrard extension.

Colt McCoy "didn't look lost" against the Steelers, which is pretty freaking impressive, considering he's a rookie, he has zero offensive weapons, and Pittsburgh brings the devastating pain on defense.

As such, there's no reason to consider starting anyone else -- McCoy gives the team at least hope for the future, because of his success at Texas and the fact that Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme are, combined, probably 80 years old.

Of course, that essentially turns Delhomme into a $7 million paperweight, but it's not like no one saw that coming when Mike Holmgren signed him.

Matt Moore is the starter in Carolina once again, and, well, it seems pretty obvious that the Panthers are about to rip off a six-game winning streak, right?

Wrong. That's the homer in me talking. Oh, and by the way, I totally took Carolina with my pick this week, like an idiot, again.

So you can probably expect two or three picks from each QB. Unless, you know, Moore wants to do what he did at the end of last year (read: not be terrible), in which case I called it above. ****

- The Chiefs might have lost two straight, but it's totally conceivable that they could still be undefeated. As a result, it's hard not to concede that Todd Haley's done a pretty darn good job managing the Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles combo. Sure, Charles' fantasy owners hate it, because he's not guaranteed monster touches, but it's probably better for him all around.

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 11:53 am
Edited on: October 17, 2010 12:10 pm

AFC Inactives, Week 6

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Here’s who IS active: Texans DE Mario Williams, Texans WR Jacoby Jones, Chargers LT Marcus McNeill, Browns QB Brett Ratliff (psst, he’s Colt McCoy’s backup), Browns RB Peyton Hillis (he’ll start), NT Haloti Ngata.

On to the inactives:

Chris Chambers, WR, Chiefs:
He was a late addition to the injury report, after hurting his finger late in the week. Without Chambers, Terrance Cooper could get more work, and don’t forget that QB Matt Cassel still has TE Tony Moeaki.

James Sanders, S, Patriots: He originally replaced an injured Brandon Meriweather a few weeks ago, and now, Sanders has a hamstring problem. Look for Jarrad Page to move into Sanders’ role.

Terrence Wheatley, CB, Patriots: He returned to practice this week for the first time this season, and New England was hoping he could contribute this week to a young secondary. He won't.

Jared Odrick, DL, Dolphins: His rookie season is quickly becoming a disaster. He played in Week 1, but he’s been set back by a hairline fracture in his leg ever since. There was some thought he could play this week, but obviously, he’s not.

Legedu Naanee, WR, Chargers:
Patrick Crayton will get the start in place of Naanee.

Josh Wilson, DB, Ravens: He’s been bothered by a sore hamstring, but it was thought he could play today. The big loss for Baltimore is his kickoff returning ability. Expect Jared Parmele to take his place.

Charlie Batch, QB, Steelers: With Ben Roethlisberger's return, Byron Leftwich officially takes over the Steelers backup job.

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 10:18 am
Edited on: October 17, 2010 10:22 am

Hillis plans to play for Cleveland

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With Browns rookie QB Colt McCoy set to make his NFL debut today, he’s going to need some major help. Consider: the Steelers have the fourth-ranked defense in the league, and they’ll have an emotional reunion with QB Ben Roethlisberger.

Consider: the Steelers are coming off a bye week and should be completely rested, while the Browns are coming off a disappointing home loss to Atlanta in which Cleveland had a chance to win.

Consider: Heinz Field probably will be a tad rough on McCoy.

Browns RB Peyton Hillis will try to help ease McCoy’s transition. Although Hillis, with a sore thigh, is listed as questionable on the weekly injury report, he said he plans on playing.

"I'll be very surprised if I'm not 100 percent," Hillis told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I feel great right now and with wrapping it up and keeping it warm, it should be fine."

Hillis reaggravated his injury last week against the Falcons, and he didn’t practice this week until Friday. But with a big rivalry game against the Steelers on the horizon, he doesn’t plan to stay on the sidelines. And, just because the Steelers have the No. 1 run defense in the NFL, that doesn’t intimidate Hollis.

From the Plain Dealer:

And they'll be doing it against the best rush defense in the NFL, one that's putting up some daunting statistics. The Steelers are surrendering a league-low 62.3 yards per game and no back has rushed for more than 42 yards against them this season. That was Atlanta's Michael Turner, who averaged 2.2 yards on his 19 attempts.

The Steelers held Tennessee's Chris Johnson to 34 yards on 16 carries, snapping his 12-game streak of rushing for more than 100 yards. What's more, the Steelers have allowed only one 100-yard rusher in the past 38 games.

"There's no doubt they're a good defense," said Hillis. "But we're not looking at (all the stats). They're human just like we are. They put their pants on one leg at a time and we've just got to approach it like that."

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 9:33 pm

For the gambler in you

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A sampling of this week’s offering from bodog.com and all the delicious prop bets on which you can wager.

Brett Favre – Will he publicly admit to sending pictures to the New York game hostess by Dec 31, 2010?

Yes 2/1

He will not.

Brett Favre – Will he be suspended by the NFL for at least 1 game in the 2010 NFL season for any off field conduct?

Yes 2/1

He will not.

Brett Favre – Will he publicly admit to sending text messages to any massage therapists by Dec 31, 2010?

Yes 5/1

He absolutely will not.

Ben Roethlisberger – Total passing yards Week 6 vs. Cleveland

Over/Under 235.5

Man, these Vegas guys are slick. At first glance, you might think, “Well, hell yeah, I’ll take the over. The Browns are no good.” But if you do some research, you’ll find Cleveland allows only 223.2 passing yards per game, slightly worse than the average in the league. So, if it’s me, I’m taking the under.

Colt McCoy – Total passing yards Week 6 vs. Pittsburgh

Over/Under 150.5

The under all day long.

Will Dan Marino’s single season passing yards record of 5,084 be broken during the 2010 NFL regular season?

Yes 4/1

In order to be on track to break the record, a QB would have accumulated at least 1,589 yards at this point in the season. Three players are past that mark five games in – Philip Rivers (1,759 yards), Kyle Orton (1,733) and Peyton Manning (1,609). In order to break the record, Rivers would have to average about 302 yards per game. I don’t think any of them will do it. In case you were wondering, the most yards Rivers has gained in a season is 4,254 (2009).

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:12 pm

Hot Routes 10.14.10: Rudy Does Dallas

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Jesse Holley, former UNC football player and winner of a Cowboys roster spot vis-a-vis Michael Irvin's reality show could end up getting called up to the actual roster soon. It's a pretty cool story, like a "Rudy Does Dallas" or some such. And Irvin is proud of him, obviously.
  • Earlier this week, Greg Jennings got pretty upset about the fact that he hasn't been seeing the number of catches/targets that you would expect from a guy who's topped 1,000 yards for two straight years. Totally understandable, ESPECIALLY FOR HIS SEETHING FANTASY OWNERS. Ahem, anyway, he apologized, but, seriously, please throw him the ball.
Posted on: October 12, 2010 10:46 am

Report: McCoy to start for Browns

Apparently C. McCoy has been told he will start Sunday's game vs. Pittsburgh (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com is reporting that Browns rookie QB Colt McCoy has been told he will start Sunday vs. the Steelers.

In Cleveland’s 20-10 loss to Atlanta on Sunday, Seneca Wallace – who had played well in the place of the injured Jake Delhomme – hurt his ankle while taking a blind-side sack by Falcons DE John Abraham.

Delhomme replaced Wallace, but he reinjured the ankle that had kept him out of action for the three weeks since the season opener. The third quarterback would be McCoy, taken in the third round of the NFL Draft by Cleveland. And if the injuries to Wallace and Delhomme are as severe as they’re being made out to be, this might not be a one-time start for McCoy.

But hey, he should have an easy time against Pittsburgh. The game, after all, is at Heinz Field. Ben Roethlisberger will be returning for his first game of the season. And one of the Browns biggest weapons, RB Peyton Hillis, is injured.

Yep, no problem at all.

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Posted on: September 19, 2010 12:34 pm

Delhomme to miss Week 3 as well?

Posted by Will Brinson

Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme is inactive for the Week 2 matchup against the Chiefs which, by the way, means that we're one Seneca Wallace injury away from the Colt McCoy Era getting kicked off in Cleveland. Scary, right?

It might not be any easier to deal with next week either -- Adam Schefter reports on Twitter that Delhomme's not even a lock to play in Week 3, pointing out that the "question is whether he'll be ready next Sunday for [the] Ravens."

Not that Delhomme/Wallace/McCoy is great on any level regardless of who's playing, but the notion that Wallace and McCoy could be running the good Browns ship into the ground for two weeks in a row is pretty terrifying for Cleveland fans.

And for Eric Mangini, considering how warm his pants were before the season even started.

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