Sunday, October 17, 2010

Great 1st NFL Game Colt!!

Colt McCoy: Cleveland Browns Rookie QB Holds His Own vs. Tough Steelers Defense
By Daniel Wolf (Browns Featured Columnist) on October 17, 2010
The Cleveland Browns traveled to Pittsburgh to face their AFC North rivals, the Steelers.

After a tough loss on the road, by the score of 28-10, there was a glimpse of what the Browns now have for the future at quarterback as rookie Colt McCoy started against one of the NFL's premier defenses.

McCoy's numbers on paper are decent since he was 23-33 throwing the ball for 281 yards with one touchdown, but two interceptions.

He also had a quarterback rating of 80.5.

All very promising on paper, but you cannot really appreciate the way he played unless you saw the entire game.

McCoy was poised in the pocket against a fast pass-rush and McCoy also commanded the huddle and led the offense admirably.

Even though the Steelers were able to rattle him with multiple pressures, hurries and sacked him five times, McCoy looked to gain confidence as the game went on.

His throws were crisp, especially the passes to backup tight end Evan Moore, and one of his two interceptions was tipped off the hands of starting tight end Ben Watson.

For a first-time start, McCoy gets a solid "B" letter grade for his efforts in trying to lead the Browns in an upset.

The biggest problem facing the Browns and McCoy was the fact that two of their offensive starters were knocked out of the game due to helmet-to-helmet hits, both by linebacker James Harrison, who was not flagged for either even though he should have been.

Harrison will most likely get double-fined for causing two concussions—one to Josh Cribbs and the other to Mohammed Massaquoi.

Both did not return after they got hit.

Cribbs was supposed to be a focal point in the offensive game plan in order to ease the pressure off of McCoy, but without Cribbs, McCoy still looked good.
Facing a top defense and ending up having a decent game should put to rest all the talk that the Browns should draft another quarterback in the top rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft.

There is no need with McCoy's progression and performance against a tough opponent.

Welcome to Cleveland, McCoy. Looks like you will be starting for a few more weeks while both veteran quarterbacks, Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, heal their injured ankles.

McCoy does indeed look up to the task of being the future quarterback for the Browns even though this was only one start.

A comforting thought for Browns fans in the end.

Another great article about today's game:

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Janette@Janette's Sage said...

That is husband came in this week saying he thought he would be playing...sorry I missed the game, all my guys were gone.

Amy said...

Janette: Hey! Thanks! No problem. We could not get it on our tv but found it on the computer. He did really fine. Blessings friend!

Elizabeth Mullins said...

I so wanted towarch his first game! So proud if him!!!