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Tom Heckert: Browns “fine with Colt McCoy,” may trade down

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Colt McCoy’s hold on the starting quarterback job in Cleveland is getting stronger by the day.

After missing out on a trade up in the NFL draft for Robert Griffin III, the Browns’ brass has said repeatedly that McCoy has the team’s confidence, and General Manager Tom Heckert reiterated that today.

“We’re fine with Colt McCoy as our quarterback,” Heckert told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Heckert also said that the Browns might trade down from the No. 4 spot in the NFL draft, but “there’s no way” they’ll trade up into the Vikings’ No. 3 spot. That’s because, Heckert said, the Browns don’t have one particular player they’re definitely targeting, and instead have a handful of players they could take near the top of the draft.

“There’s five players we really like,” he said.

Heckert also said that the Browns would be open to trading down and have already had some feelers from teams that are interested in trading up to No. 4. But in order to get one of those five players the Browns really like, they would likely not trade down very far.

And at this point, it appears that those five players the Browns really like are all players who would be asked to contribute to a team on which McCoy is the starting quarterback.

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54 Responses to “Tom Heckert: Browns “fine with Colt McCoy,” may trade down”
  1. savocabol1 says: Mar 26, 2012 1:02 PM

    One thing you can all but guarentee; if the Browns don’t draft Claiborne, Blackmon, or Richardson Heckert and Holmgren will be run out of town. So far their m.o. has been passing on potential superstar talent. If they go another draft with the same attitude they won’t survive.

  2. sterilizecromartie says: Mar 26, 2012 1:03 PM

    The Browns are going to trade down? Away from the elite talents of the draft? Shocker.

    Who needs guys like Julio Jones and RGIII when you can trade down and pick up more guys like Colt McCoy and Greg Little….

  3. johnabis says: Mar 26, 2012 1:09 PM

    wow did Tom Heckert Steal Andy Reid’s stash of cheese steaks before he left philly a few years ago? it looks like he gained 100 pounds!

  4. gosuhgo says: Mar 26, 2012 1:10 PM

    I think they owe it to Colt to get Blackmon…we have no idea of his talent level with the current crop of WRs the Browns have. He might be great but throwing to Cribbs no one will ever know it.

  5. We'reFineThere says: Mar 26, 2012 1:24 PM

    Why aren’t the Browns the Oranges?

  6. profootballwalk says: Mar 26, 2012 1:25 PM

    Belichick trades down and goes to the Super Bowl. The Falcons traded up for a stud and did nothing. What do you learn from this?

  7. sudz28 says: Mar 26, 2012 1:25 PM

    And the Factory of Sadness continues to churn out its pathetic product without interruption.

  8. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 26, 2012 1:28 PM

    So the plan is to suck and try for Barkley next year?

  9. dv5454 says: Mar 26, 2012 1:28 PM

    McCoy regressed last season.

  10. uberdepressedbrownsredsfan says: Mar 26, 2012 1:30 PM

    I dont think trading back a few spots is a bad idea depending on what they can get for the trade. The Browns are not one guy or one #4 pick away from contending with the Pittsburgs and Baltimores. I know in this day and age everyone needs instand gradification but and I hate to say it I think the Browns are doing it the right way building through the draft. Not to mention what FA wants to play for them?

  11. seatownballers says: Mar 26, 2012 1:30 PM

    Draft blackmon if ya want colt to succeed

  12. getyourownname says: Mar 26, 2012 1:30 PM

    Why does anyone pay attention to anything a FO person says before a draft? It’s all misdirection.

  13. thraiderskin says: Mar 26, 2012 1:30 PM

    I think the Brown should consider trading one of their picks from the first round for a 1st next year in the attempt to set themselves up for QB in the 2013 draft. This would provide them either a starting QB from next draft or more pieces for Colt to grow with if he proves to be a quality starting QB.

  14. drgfri says: Mar 26, 2012 1:32 PM

    Nice photo. Looks like he’s “living in a van, down by the river.”

  15. rickywatts80 says: Mar 26, 2012 1:32 PM

    McCoy is a stubby armed QB in the mold of Rex Grossman. He will never be a very good NFL QB.

  16. stlpimp says: Mar 26, 2012 1:34 PM

    Keep telling yourself Colt is the guy and you might start believing it losers…..

  17. glanzone says: Mar 26, 2012 1:35 PM

    Another 4-12 season coming up. Season ticket holders should boycot this team. The will suck forever.

  18. mancave001 says: Mar 26, 2012 1:36 PM

    My neighbor is a Browns fan. Man, I feel bad for him. It doesn’t seem to matter who coaches or manages..the organization is a perpetual freaking disaster.

  19. topekan says: Mar 26, 2012 1:37 PM

    I can’t believe that passing on a gamebreaker like Julio Jones at #6 last year is goin to try to be justified by takin Blackmon at #4 when he is not on Julio’s level.

  20. crackills says: Mar 26, 2012 1:37 PM

    Browns “fine with Colt McCoy,”

    … as if you have any other options.

  21. thelmt82 says: Mar 26, 2012 1:37 PM

    My thinking is that this will only happen if the Vikings surprise everyone and take Blackmon instead of Kalil. Not wasting big money on Garcon or any other free agent receiver should force them into taking Blackmon at 4.

  22. tom35mt says: Mar 26, 2012 1:37 PM

    draft Blackmon at 4
    Weeden or tannehill at 22

    get rid of McCoy

    worked for the bengals

  23. almighty1 says: Mar 26, 2012 2:00 PM

    First they’re pissed they didn’t get the deal done for RGIII and now they’re “fine” with Colt? In the words of Dr. Evil…..riiiiiight.

  24. mn62980 says: Mar 26, 2012 2:01 PM

    When my girl says she’s “fine with Olive Garden” it usually means “I actually WANT to go to a nicer place.” Basically what I’m trying to say is that I’m dating Tim Heckert…

  25. conormacleod says: Mar 26, 2012 2:02 PM

    There you have it folks; A RINGING endorsement for Colt McCoy!

  26. jacunn2000 says: Mar 26, 2012 2:04 PM

    Weird… Every time I think of Cleveland, I picture a guy who looks like the one in the photo above. Awesome..

  27. trbowman says: Mar 26, 2012 2:08 PM

    They should be taking Tannehill at four without even thinking about it, it’s a no brainer. But it’s the Browns, only they would spend three seasons on the likes of Colt McCoy.

    Enjoy the stacked boxes, Trent.

  28. skoobyfl says: Mar 26, 2012 2:13 PM

    LOL Browns.

  29. doctorfootball says: Mar 26, 2012 2:15 PM

    “We’re fine with Colt McCoy as our quarterback.” Translation? We missed out on RG3 and every other quarterback out there so we’re stuck with Colt “noodle arm” McCoy, and now have no choice but to back him.

  30. bizono says: Mar 26, 2012 2:39 PM

    If they can trade down a few spots and still get Richardson, and then get a RT and WR with their next 2 picks, then I think they could be about 3 – 5 wins better next season. But they still need to fix their run defense, draft/sign another playmaking WR, sort out the TE situation, and do whatever it takes in the 2013 draft to get a franchise QB (this is a crap year for QBs outside of Luck, RGIII). Which means another season without a trip to the playoffs.

  31. gameswise says: Mar 26, 2012 2:42 PM

    sterilizeyourself:

    “Who needs guys like Julio Jones and RGIII when you can trade down and pick up more guys like Colt McCoy and Greg Little….”

    The Browns gave up Julio Jones in exchange for Phil Taylor, Greg Little, Owen Merecic, plus the 22nd pick in 2012 and a 4th round pick. I’d do that trade every year.

    I’m not sure you noticed but Atlanta again left in the first round of the playoffs this year, but this time, they only scored 2 points on a safety. Not sure how much that trade for Julio helped them out.

  32. dawgtown86 says: Mar 26, 2012 2:44 PM

    I think the Browns will draft for best available talent. If they can trade down to maximize the number of picks they have each year they will because I think they believe more picks give them more opportunity to secure talent. I think this strategy will lead to years of success, often the best long term plan isn’t very exciting at the beginning. I like what I’ve seen from Tom Heckert the past two years and hope the next few years show a pattern of consistency from front office, coach growth and player development. The results may come suddenly but I doubt anyone will be talking about the years of hard work and groundwork it took.

  33. cash804 says: Mar 26, 2012 2:45 PM

    Saying that you’re “fine” with Colt McCoy as your QB is not the same thing as saying that you’re “happy” with Colt McCoy as your QB.

  34. zerodime says: Mar 26, 2012 2:47 PM

    “They should be taking Tannehill at four without even thinking about it, it’s a no brainer. But it’s the Browns, only they would spend three seasons on the likes of Colt McCoy.

    Enjoy the stacked boxes, Trent.”

    Tannehill at 4 is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. If Miami doesn’t take him at 8 he should be there at 36! H&H are not that dumb. Get McCoy some weapons and if we are horrible in 2012 we will have Barkley starring us in the face for next draft. Tannehill is a project at Best!

  35. bingocostello says: Mar 26, 2012 2:50 PM

    The Holmgren Heckert regime=useless and hopeless!

  36. sterilizecromartie says: Mar 26, 2012 2:58 PM

    uberdepressedbrownsredsfan says:
    Mar 26, 2012 1:30 PM
    I dont think trading back a few spots is a bad idea depending on what they can get for the trade. The Browns are not one guy or one #4 pick away from contending with the Pittsburgs and Baltimores. I know in this day and age everyone needs instand gradification but and I hate to say it I think the Browns are doing it the right way building through the draft. Not to mention what FA wants to play for them?
    ———–
    Your logic makes sense, but if they have truly been “doing it the right way building through the draft” wouldn’t they be ready to contend by now? I mean, this will be the 3rd year of the Holmgren-Heckert era. Is the team any closer to contending than when they took over? The duo took over a 5-win team and followed it up with a 5-win season and most recently a 4-win season. What’s next? 3 wins?

    I am not a Browns fan, but I know they have an awesome fan base and a truly want them to succeed. But this front office is wayyyy to0 conservative. Gotta take a chance once in a while. And trading away from Julio Jones and failing to trade up for RGIII is not what I would call taking a chance.

  37. orbearider66 says: Mar 26, 2012 3:03 PM

    Tom Hecker looks like Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker (aka Chris Farley)

  38. lbcoach34 says: Mar 26, 2012 3:20 PM

    Potential scenario…

    Draft Claiborne at #4 overall.

    Take Wright or Floyd or Hill or best WR available at #22.

    Then draft either a RB or RT at pick #37 (Lamar Miller or Robert Massie)

    Then in 2013 the offense looks like this. with Landry Jones or Matt Barkley

  39. brenenostler says: Mar 26, 2012 3:21 PM

    Quality over quantity

    Stop trading down every year and maybe you’ll draft some pretty good players.

  40. cserisey says: Mar 26, 2012 3:26 PM

    I don’t think the world is gonna last long enough for the Browns to produce a winning team.

  41. thetooloftools says: Mar 26, 2012 3:31 PM

    We Clevelanders are so angry we could just cry. Their is NO sense of urgency to get better at all and the team owner doesn’t even bother going to the owners meeting. I live in Cleveland, but am not from here and these fans have just been abused for a long long time. It’s a pathetic shame. I really feel sorry for them.

  42. flsharkvictim says: Mar 26, 2012 3:40 PM

    All I know is the Tampbay Bucs are sittting sweet @ the # 5 pick!! Hoping for Mo Claiborne or Justin Blackmon to tight up the D-fense & Offense!

  43. fearthebengaltiger says: Mar 26, 2012 3:53 PM

    of course your gonna say your fine w mccoy….you dont have a choice…lol

  44. rufustfireflyjr says: Mar 26, 2012 3:55 PM

    profootballwalk says:
    Mar 26, 2012 1:25 PM
    Belichick trades down and goes to the Super Bowl. The Falcons traded up for a stud and did nothing. What do you learn from this?

    The Giants traded up for Eli Manning and won two Super Bowls. What’s your point?

  45. hedphurst says: Mar 26, 2012 4:43 PM

    They (Holmgren, Heckert, and Shurmur) have been saying all along that they like McCoy and believe he can be a very good QB in the NFL. They’ve never said that they wouldn’t look into upgrading, or that they’d switch QBs simply because of peer pressure. These quotes are only news to people who haven’t been paying attention.

    Sure, RG3 would’ve been a nice upgrade in ability at the position. They tried to get him, and missed out. Saying that they still like Colt isn’t backtracking or sour grapes. It’s just repeating what they’ve been saying all along. A lot of Cleveland fans and national media outlets want to crucify H&H for not landing a Franchise QB, but they ignore the facts. There hasn’t been a sure-thing QB prospect available for the Browns in years. The 1st/2nd round QBs they’ve passed up on in the past decade are Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Josh Freeman, Andy Dalton, Mark Sanchez, Jason Campbell, Tim Tebow, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder, Colin Kaepernick, Kevin Kolb, Tarvaris Jackson, Rex Grossman, John Beck, Drew Stanton, Kellen Clemens, JP Losman, Pat White, & Patrick Ramsey.

    The only players from that list that really hurt in hindsight are Rodgers & Roethlisberger. Freeman, Dalton, Kolb, Ponder, and Sanchez have shown flashes of potential greatness, but the jury’s still out, and in Sanchez’s case, it looks like he may end up a real bust. Locker may be great some day, but wasn’t regarded as worth a pick as high as the Browns’ that year. Simply put, the Browns haven’t been bad enough to get the top picks when guys like Ryan, Stafford, Bradford, and Newton were draft-eligible, and they simply missed out on talents like Rodgers, Roethlisberger, Freeman, and Dalton, but so did a lot of teams.

  46. browns4what says: Mar 26, 2012 4:53 PM

    Confidence in Colt? ReallyThen make up your mind and commit to the young man. I looked at Colt’s stats compared to Sam Bradford’s with 21 vs 26 starts respectfully and the complete % and the QB ratings are identical. I find it interesting that the Rams did not value RGIII over Bradford enough to pick him and cut their losses. My point is this, Colt didn’t have nearly the weapons that Bradford had and was sacked just as much. In fact compare Colts first two years with Eli Manning and Drew Breeze and you will be surprised. Don’t ruin this kid like we did Tim Couch by being impatient. As far as the fourth pick, get Blackman and a RB that can give you 1000 yards rec/run (Martin) in top of second and a corner with the 22nd. Nite that would make me happy!

  47. thefiesty1 says: Mar 26, 2012 4:58 PM

    Idiot! Just get Blackmon and some more offensive help. Trade down and get nothing to help the team and Colt be successful. I guess that’s why the Browns are always mediocre at best. No clue in the front office. Just, WOW!

  48. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 26, 2012 5:14 PM

    the official “Barf for Barkley” has begun, and the browns officially are in the lead!!

  49. nremi85 says: Mar 26, 2012 5:22 PM

    Ross and ireland trade down n get blackmon

  50. lostsok says: Mar 26, 2012 5:28 PM

    So… basically it would be stupid for my Phins to move up for Tannehill. Completely idiotic and unnecessary.

    Huh.

    I wonder how much we’ll overpay to do it now.

  51. kosar92807 says: Mar 26, 2012 5:34 PM

    Rather than draft Blackmon, my ideal senario would be to find a way to get Richardson & Floyd with those 1st 2 picks. Probably impossible though.

    I just want the name Ryan Tannehill to be removed from the Cleveland vocabulary. Say no to Big 12 qb’s. I much prefer the kid from MSU.

  52. GO BROWNS! says: Mar 26, 2012 5:52 PM

    Fine with McCoy ? That is why you supposedly offered up 3 1st rounders for Griffin? Translation: We cannot bag a Top -tier QB. So hang on to your 10 gallon hats- its going to be a long 2012. We are going to draft another CB @ 4 when we can barely put 10 points on the board. Colt McCoy and his sidekick Seneca Wallace will be trying to mosey on down the field. A rootin’ tootin’ season ahead !

  53. ispysomething7 says: Mar 26, 2012 10:15 PM

    Heckert looks like Tommy Boy in this pic. Just sayin.

  54. vipertx says: Mar 27, 2012 10:11 AM

    If they are even considering blackmen then why won’t you trade the number four pick to Pittsburgh ( I just puked in my mouth) and get mike wallce the best deep threat in the league!!

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