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Colt McCoy: Browns won’t accept another 5-11 season

Colt McCoy, Peyton Hillis, Larry Hart AP

Although Colt McCoy showed promise as a rookie quarterback in 2010, the Browns had a 2-6 record in the games McCoy started, and a 5-11 record overall. And McCoy says that’s completely unacceptable.

McCoy told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the “Camp Colt” workouts that he ran near his home in Texas, which many Browns players traveled to attend, showed him just how much dedication there is in Cleveland to turning things around.

“My teammates are really willing to work hard and that’s what’s made them so great,” McCoy said. “We don’t accept the things that have happened, especially last year. We felt like we had the opportunity to win some games there and didn’t get it done, so guys are really working hard, they’re staying in shape and they’re willing to make the extra effort.”

McCoy and his teammates seem to have the attitude to improve upon 5-11. Now the question is whether they have the talent to improve upon 5-11.

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  1. bcjim says: Jun 24, 2011 7:18 AM

    Well, guess what Colt, you’re a Brown, 5-11 is your lot in life. Sorry.

  2. scottpavek says: Jun 24, 2011 7:23 AM

    If the Browns can manage to go 10-6 with Derek Anderson…

  3. Patriot42 says: Jun 24, 2011 7:30 AM

    When your ugly, your ugly.

  4. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jun 24, 2011 7:52 AM

    I like this kid. Many in the media bashed him from day 1 last year. Many on this site and its “sister sites” said he wasn’t the long term answer. He showed some promise as a rookie especially when you consider the vast amount of talent he was surrounded with (sarcasm). Now he organizes the workouts like a true leader and is speaking with some confidence his teammates could rally behind. Since I have no dog in the AFC fight, I’m pulling for him.

  5. gjshihadeh says: Jun 24, 2011 8:05 AM

    Seeing as how the roster isn’t getting worse, and they drafted well, I don’t see a scenario where the Browns don’t improve upon 5 wins…

  6. boothisman says: Jun 24, 2011 8:05 AM

    Until the Browns move to the NFC West, they will never be higher then 3rd place in the division.

    Colt showed flashes of greatness last season, but as the 2-6 record indicates, it wasn’t enough, nor will it be this year.

  7. bubbabart says: Jun 24, 2011 8:09 AM

    bcjim….I’d say that the odds of you knowing the Brown’s were in the Championship game 10 consecutive years are slim….but you can look it up…What team do you root for??

  8. mathsimillion says: Jun 24, 2011 8:23 AM

    but 6-10 is perfectly ok.

  9. Spencer says: Jun 24, 2011 8:37 AM

    No worries Colt, the Browns won’t be as bad as 5-11 after they replace you with Andrew Luck.

  10. zerored78 says: Jun 24, 2011 8:49 AM

    Exactly the attitude a QB should have. The few times I saw the Browns play last year Colt looked like he had the skills. They just need better performance out of their OL and WRs to add an additional threat to Hillis.

  11. japdouds says: Jun 24, 2011 8:51 AM

    bubbabart says: Jun 24, 2011 8:09 AM

    bcjim….I’d say that the odds of you knowing the Brown’s were in the Championship game 10 consecutive years are slim….but you can look it up…What team do you root for??
    ——————————————-
    ****Back in the Powerhouse AAFC days, an 8 team league! Being top 2 out of 8, what an accomplishment!

    How old were you in 1947 anyway?

  12. phinfan says: Jun 24, 2011 9:13 AM

    … No HILLIS worked hard, the rest of the team HARDLY WORKED

  13. therevdewitt says: Jun 24, 2011 9:29 AM

    Of course this board is rife with lame Browns jokes. For all of you, I can’t wait until your teams eventually hit a bad slump. I wonder how much you’ll fly your colors then. Then we’ll see who’s fair weather and who’s true.

    Yes, the expansion era has been bad but it’s turning around because we’re finally getting guys who have the type of attitude Colt is showing here. The Browns were largely always at least in contention in all the decades before the expansion era. So far, expansion has been a lost decade. But soon enough we’ll be bouncin’ back. Go Brownies!

  14. supashug says: Jun 24, 2011 9:30 AM

    it is unnaceptable but he is not that good and neither are the browns, maybe they should move to the CFL

    and dont bring up the “we had our team stolen BS”, you sucked before that happend too. Browns fans were given a gift, kept their name and were gifted a better team then what went to bmore. Nothing has changed

  15. melonnhead says: Jun 24, 2011 10:01 AM

    bcjim….I’d say that the odds of you knowing the Brown’s were in the Championship game 10 consecutive years are slim….but you can look it up…What team do you root for??

    ——————————————————

    That team is now known as the Baltimore Ravens. I don’t care what kind of crazy deal Modell made, the current Browns are an expansion franchise and didn’t exist prior to 1999. They even had an expansion draft to help them get started.

  16. cclautti says: Jun 24, 2011 10:01 AM

    “supashug says: Jun 24, 2011 9:30 AM

    it is unnaceptable but he is not that good and neither are the browns, maybe they should move to the CFL

    and dont bring up the “we had our team stolen BS”, you sucked before that happend too. Browns fans were given a gift, kept their name and were gifted a better team then what went to bmore. Nothing has changed”

    wow, did your girlfriend bang another dude or something, you have some pent up hostility, you must be a bengals fan.

    GO BROWNS!

  17. harvymiller says: Jun 24, 2011 10:04 AM

    ‘Stolen’ or not, going without full seasons of football is not something I would wish on any football city. At this point we have not missed a single game yet and still the lockout is the #1 topic of conversation.

    Keep the shots coming, as Cleveland fans we’ve seen far worse. The Browns are on the way up and will be #1 in the division again. Time will tell what kind of player Colt becomes. He had plenty of doubters his first season at Texas and went on to win a few games there.

  18. polegojim says: Jun 24, 2011 10:11 AM

    Shout out to Cleveland – it WILL get better.

    Take it from me, a LIFE LONG LIONS fan.

    Your coaching clearing house is excellent step 1.

    Mark my words:
    Reasons Cleveland will win AT LEAST 9 games:

    Jauron and Rhodes on D
    Hillis and Bell in backfield
    Wilson as WR coach with Cribbs and Massequoi
    Watson at TE
    Colt McCoy showing some Y2 maturity – with a good O line in front of him. He’ll calm down.

  19. tomwill21 says: Jun 24, 2011 10:19 AM

    6-10?

  20. therevdewitt says: Jun 24, 2011 10:19 AM

    @ supashug “and dont bring up the ‘we had our team stolen BS’”

    Um, nobody did. You did.

    @melonhead “That team is now known as the Baltimore Ravens. I don’t care what kind of crazy deal Modell made, the current Browns are an expansion franchise and didn’t exist prior to 1999. They even had an expansion draft to help them get started.”

    Um, Modell didn’t make a deal. He made a bad business decision, lost all his money and got the city of Baltimore to bail him out. The city of Cleveland and Browns fans then sued. The NFL settled that lawsuit by allowing us to retain the team name, history, colors, etc. and suspending the franchise, promising to bring us back in 1999. They had to settle, because we were selling out every game and if it weren’t for Modell’s bad business decisions he wouldn’t have had to cut a deal with Baltimore. Sooo, no, that team is not now known as the Ravens. We sued. We won. Deal with it.

  21. pflynn20 says: Jun 24, 2011 10:34 AM

    When was the last time Cleveland won something? In ANYTHING?

  22. ppdoc13 says: Jun 24, 2011 10:35 AM

    @therevdewitt – you forget the history. cleveland built the Jake, the r&r HOF, the cavs stadium and told Modell to go suck eggs.

    nice revisionist history.

    meanwhile you have had a team for over a decade and they have sucked almost every year. you will be lucky to go 500 this year. And until the Ravens and the Squealers age, you ain’t winning the division.

  23. therevdewitt says: Jun 24, 2011 10:56 AM

    Wow, ppdoc13, talk about revisionist history. Hypocritical much? I hate that I always have to explain this to people and I can’t believe I’m about to take the time again.

    It was called the Gateway Project, stemming back to the 80s. There were many variations, including, at one point, a dome so Cleveland could have a shot at hosting the SB. Modell was involved in all of this. The Gateway Project was going to provide brand new stadiums for all the teams. Modell kept holding out because at Old Muni he was able to rent to the Tribe, and eat up the profits. His problem with the new stadiums was that he would no longer be able to do that. So the city eventually decided to go ahead without him and build the Jake and Gund for the Indians and Cavs. At about this time Modell made some bad investments and lost the farm. Even though Modell had been screwing everybody around, the city decided it would still offer a complete remodel of Old Muni.

    One week before the vote on that remodel, in the middle of the 1995 season, Modell announced his deal with Baltimore. The residents of Cleveland passed the remodel ballot issue the following week any way by a very large margin (remember, we were still always selling out old Muni at the time). Modell went forward with the move. The city and the fans sued. The NFL settled by retaining the franchise in the city.

    Get some facts before you spout off, eh?

  24. rocketdogsports says: Jun 24, 2011 11:04 AM

    The Browns will be improved this year and respect from league opponents will be the hallmark of that success. Others on this board have listed most of the positives except for these:
    1. Colt McCoy is a mobile QB and that will help the OL and the WRs more than anything while the team continues to improve this season. Additionally, Colt is a leader and commands the attention of the offense. This will morph into respect and condfidence this season.
    2. The running game will continue to improve with the return of Hardesty and a free agent.
    3. The Browns will finish with 9-10 wins including 3 victories over the Bengals, Ravens and Steelers.
    4.Free agency, the overcomeing the lack of OTAs/ minicamps, the need for stability on the right side of the OL and the installation of the 4-3 are still areas of concern. However, I think that this is a team that will improve this season and contend in 2012.
    5. Holmgren and Shurmer have put the pieces on the board. Now time is on Cleveland’s side.

  25. lbcoach34 says: Jun 24, 2011 11:06 AM

    McCoy seems to have the mentality to play QB in this league – my only question is his durability. His sense of timing is very good, and his arm is adequate – but will it turn into mush late in the season when the weather gets tough?

    If he doesn’t work out – we do have 2 first round picks next year thanks to ATL!

  26. cleanslaton says: Jun 24, 2011 11:07 AM

    I didn’t think Colt would be much as a starter for my Longhorns, especially replacing Vince Young–but he went on to be the winningest college QB ever. Colt has an intangible ability to win games, even if it isn’t pretty. He will be one of the most accurate passers in the league and a pro-bowler by the time he’s done. Cleveland has surrounded him with better coaching and given him a receiving target or two, so look for big things to transpire in Cleveland…..better than 5-11 for sure.

  27. ahostiletakeover says: Jun 24, 2011 11:32 AM

    From a Ravens fan I think the Browns will be much better this year despite the coaching change. In other words, much better equals somewhere around 8-8. The Afc North plays the Nfc West this year and while I hate to make assumptions I still think all 4 north teams roll through the west with little trouble, the Ravens and Steelers go undefeated in those 2 of those 4 matchups.

  28. ginnitti says: Jun 24, 2011 11:33 AM

    The reality here is the Browns aren’t breaking the bank in taking a risk on McCoy. They drafted him later than expected, and signed him to a 4 year $4.96 million contract through 2013. He’s a low-cost stab at a franchise quarterback, who may turn into a great, reliable backup if need be.

    Source: http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/cleveland-browns/colt-mccoy/

  29. ahostiletakeover says: Jun 24, 2011 11:34 AM

    EDIT- what I meant to type on my confused little phone is. The Bengals and Browns win at least 2 of those 4 nfc west matchups…

  30. gallogj says: Jun 24, 2011 11:41 AM

    My prediction…the Browns go 4-12…they ship McCoy to Indianapolis when Manning breaks his neck…and Colt becomes the next quarterback of the Colts!

    Put THAT in your pipe and smoke it.

  31. huskydad58 says: Jun 24, 2011 11:45 AM

    Guys, give Colt a break. At least he WANTS TO WIN. That is more than we can say about at least half of the QB’s in this league. They are there for the money. They could care less about winning or losing. As long as they get their weekly checks and people keep telling them how great they are, they are content. Give Colt a chance. He may never be a John Elway in the NFL, but he is a natural winner. He came from a 2A Class school in high school and when he went to Texas, na-sayers said he would be a consumate bench warmer, but alas, he became the winningest QB in college football. Not Tim Tebow, not Dan Marino, Not John Elway, just little Colt McCoy. I’m just saying, give him a chance before you completely write him off.

  32. horatio69 says: Jun 24, 2011 11:54 AM

    They won’t accept another 5-11 season…which is why they’re planning on going 4-12 in 2011.

  33. hedphurst says: Jun 24, 2011 11:56 AM

    ————–
    polegojim said:
    Jun 24, 2011 10:11 AM

    Mark my words:
    Reasons Cleveland will win AT LEAST 9 games:

    Jauron and Rhodes on D
    Hillis and Bell in backfield
    Wilson as WR coach with Cribbs and Massequoi
    Watson at TE

    —————

    Jauron will do a fine job with the defense long term, I think, but it’s gonna be a tough transition getting a whole new front seven alignment ready to roll in a shortened offseason, with much of the required personnel still missing.

    Hillis is a beast, and I’m hopeful about Hardesty, but Mike Bell is nothing special. His best days were left behind in Shanahan’s Denver “[insert random running back here] offense”

    Cribbs isn’t likely to ever develop into a real receiving threat at this point in his career. Massaquoi and Robiskie are entering their third seasons in 2011, and both have potential for breakout seasons. If one of them pans out, I’ll be happy.

    Watson is very underrated, but he’s not going to take over a game.

    In short, I like your optimism, and congrats on finally getting a promising team for yourself up there in Motor City, but as a diehard Browns fan, I don’t see 9 wins happening this year. I think there will be improvement in the quality of play, but not much more than a 6-10 or 7-9 finish and 3rd place in the AFC North this season for my team. 9+ win seasons should start coming our way in 2012 or 2013, though, and with any luck (or A. Luck, if this year is an abomination), that success will continue for a long time. Then we’ll be able to dump the “Browns will always be losers” bandwagon posters off on another forum.

  34. melonnhead says: Jun 24, 2011 12:40 PM

    Cleveland sued to force the Browns to play out their lease. Modell was allowed to move them anyway. That’s not a “win”. Look, it’s not like I’m unsympathetic to what Modell did to you guys. He screwed the city of Cleveland royally but it is what it is. The Browns were an established team and they had a winning record under Modell’s watch. Modell took that team to Baltimore and another team (and stadium) had to be built from the ground up to give the good fans of Cleveland another team to root for.

  35. therevdewitt says: Jun 24, 2011 12:48 PM

    melonhead, that was much better put than your first post. By “won” what I meant is that we retained our colors, name, history, etc. in the settlement. But those three years were some of the lowest I’ve ever felt as a fan in my life. Thankfully the Indians were playing beastly around that time to bring us some joy. Until Jose Mesa…. but I’ll not go off into that.

  36. mdnittlion says: Jun 24, 2011 1:13 PM

    Why it hurts to be Colt McCoy:
    1. Set tons of records in high school
    2. Went to one of the best D-1 programs in the country
    3. Played on a team that had just won a National Championship behind Vince Young
    4. Never won a Heisman
    5. Never won a National Championship
    6. Michael Crabtree Enough Said
    7. Can’t make it a whole Quarter in the National Championships
    8. Sets tons of team records
    9. wins the most NCAA games for a starting QB
    10. Is told his whole life they’ll play in the NFL and when he finally does it’s CLEVELAND

    In closing I feel sorry for a kid that never really lost in High School or College to only be drafted by a team, that when they go 5-11 no one that really watches football bats an eye. Sorry Dude

  37. polegojim says: Jun 24, 2011 5:56 PM

    @hedphurst – Thanks.

    You actually speak to some of my reasons.

    There are NO superstars on this team…which I believe is in their favor. It will be a total combo effort.

    Hillis is well…Hillis
    When Hillis is pounding and McCoy has more success throwing, watch for a couple Mike Bell gallops through a loosened secondary.
    True Watson won’t take over a game, but he can make tough plays when it counts, and will bulldoze linebackers. He can carry 3 guys into the EZ. Short yardage and red zone TDs.
    The three WRs you mention – no one has to carry the weight, and you’ll see some pretty balanced yardage.
    They resemble the first Superbowl winning, under-the-radar New England team.
    Some very good Role Players – not stars.

    Let’s meet back here later and see.
    I love the direction.

  38. trickbunny says: Jun 26, 2011 3:33 PM

    supadouche says:
    Jun 24, 2011 9:30 AM

    “and dont bring up the “we had our team stolen BS”, you sucked before that happend too.”

    That’s funny. I seem to remember the Browns getting to the second round of the playoffs the year before the move to Baltimore was announced. I also remember them going to the AFC championship game 3 times in the 9 years before they moved.

    So I guess they *didn’t* suck before they moved. Surprise, surprise. Another PFT douche who tries to pad his agenda with his own version of the facts. Happens every day around here.

  39. ocgunslinger says: Jun 26, 2011 7:57 PM

    When Georgia took the Rams to St. Louis I was in the dumps until the first game of the season. With both the Rams and Raiders leaving (There is a God after all) our market we get the best games on TV and I have had the luxury of watching various teams and following the development of many teams and players and find myself a happier NFL follower than before. Blind allegiance is not always a good thing and I hope there is no way in hell the league returns to LA. Too much fun this way.

  40. Colt McCouch says: Jun 28, 2011 1:36 AM

    Let’s see : new coach, no OTAs, a razor thin D-line, new D-coordinator and banking on a running back who has has 4 surgeries. 3-13 is the guess here. Ugggh

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