Colt McCoy has looked like a backup quarterback this year. The situation around him has not been ideal, but he’s missed a lot of throws and looked less composed than he did a year ago.
People expected McCoy to be a great fit for Pat Shurmur’s West Coast offense. But McCoy played better in Brian Daboll’s more diverse attack last year, even if McCoy didn’t have a good time during the process.
“There were times I had to pull my helmet off to call a play in the huddle,” McCoy told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports. “Guys could hear him yelling, and they’d say, ‘Just take it off.’ People said to me, ‘Man, I ain’t never seen anything like that. Just hang in there.’”
The abuse McCoy took from Daboll and the Browns coaching staff apparently became a running joke among Browns players. But McCoy said he took the constant yelling personally.
“People [outside of football] thought something was wrong with me,” McCoy said.
Silver’s entire article is worth a read, but here was the money quote from my perspective:
“I had my dad as a coach [in high school], and Mack Brown as my coach [at Texas] – the last two years it was my offense,” McCoy said. “Then I come here and I’m thinking, ‘We’re all professionals here.’ It was [confusing].
“There came a point where I just really had to find . . . me . . . who I wanted to be. It really gave me an opportunity to search, to find that, to decide what I want to stand up for. Do I even want to do this? Do I want to put up with that? I decided, when my time comes to play, I’ll be ready.”
Fair or not, the Browns coaching staff probably believed McCoy hadn’t been coached hard since junior high school. McCoy told Silver he appreciated the coaches making him tougher.
While we are hesitant to give Daboll credit for McCoy’s success last year, the reality is that McCoy has regressed this season. He’s averaging 6.1 yards-per-attempt, compared to 7.1 last year.
The new Browns staff may be more respectful to McCoy, but we suspect they will do something crueler than mercilessly scream at him unless drastic improvement occurs over the next six games.
They’ll find a quarterback to replace McCoy.