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Browns expect Colt McCoy to make “big leap” this year


Browns quarterback Colt McCoy struggles to throw the football outside the numbers. He is unavoidably small in the pocket and has been prone to injury, including last year’s well-publicized concussion. McCoy has a 6-15 record through two seasons. His 6.3 career YPA is minuscule, and McCoy regressed from his rookie year to last season.

But the Browns have done nothing to improve the quarterback position this offseason. They seem to still like McCoy. And that’s what ESPN’s Bob Holtzman confirmed live from Browns headquarters on Thursday, while explaining why Cleveland won’t be drafting a quarterback high.

“They expect McCoy to make a big leap from last year to this year,” Holtzman reported. “They are comfortable if he’s their starting quarterback.”

Recent reports suggest that Cleveland has an affinity for Brandon Weeden out of Oklahoma State, although Holtzman hinted that, based on his information, we shouldn’t expect the Browns to draft a quarterback before the third or fourth round. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

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41 Responses to “Browns expect Colt McCoy to make “big leap” this year”
  1. mike8016 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:29 PM

    Yeah and the Browns will go Undefeated. Keep dreaming.

  2. hines86for6 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:30 PM

    Draft day translation: we’re taking a QB.

  3. birdsflynorth206 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:30 PM

    So why all the talk about them taking a qb

  4. cserisey says: Apr 26, 2012 2:30 PM

    If they don’t draft a QB, they sure as hell better hope he does. This is most likely their way of saying they’re not gonna.

  5. AlanSaysYo says: Apr 26, 2012 2:31 PM

    Tannehill or Weeden.

  6. topekan says: Apr 26, 2012 2:31 PM

    A big leap……all the way to the waiver wire.

  7. vonmiller58 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:33 PM

    Somescreen so Weeden falls to 37.

  8. wludford says: Apr 26, 2012 2:34 PM

    Viking’s Speilman should offer the Browns this deal: trade #3 for the Browns #4 pick, so the Browns get Richardson; and trade Joe Webb for the Browns #22 pick. Webb would challenge McCoy for the starting QB role. Vikings get another 1st round pick to fill holes.

  9. whatnojets says: Apr 26, 2012 2:34 PM

    “They expect McCoy to make a big leap from last year to this year,” Holtzman reported. “They are comfortable if he’s their starting quarterback.”

    If they expect McCoy to make a big leap forward, then why are they stating :if he’s their starting quarterback”??

    Which way is it?

  10. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 26, 2012 2:34 PM

    McCoy has years of practice making a “big leap.”

    How else could he reach the wheaties on the top shelf at the grocery store?

  11. muckfodell says: Apr 26, 2012 2:35 PM

    Give him some weapons and don’t panic and take Weeden, because at 29 he needs to play immediately. And if…and I say IF McCoy would be ready for a big leap you would never find out.

    There will be other opportunities to get a QB, that can sit and learn for awhile.

    Get a project in the third or fourth like Holtzman suggested in his report.

  12. jeremyhurst says: Apr 26, 2012 2:36 PM

    I still think he’s got the goods to succeed in the league. He’s got a ton of heart and desire, and contrary to popular belief – he CAN throw the deep ball.

    Who was he going to throw it deep to last year? We had no receivers that could a) get open, or b) catch.

    We add Richardson, Jeffery/Wright, and a starting calibur RT and I think he proves doubters wrong.

    If he doesnt – then we got a nice team all warmed up and ready for Barkley.

  13. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Apr 26, 2012 2:40 PM


    We want you to think we’re happy with our QB situation so the Buccs think we will draft a WR to help Colt out, and won’t be tempted to trade up to #3 to take Trent Richardson.

  14. sevensixtwonato says: Apr 26, 2012 2:40 PM

    I’m suprised the browns dont have T-Jack yet.

  15. ownbay says: Apr 26, 2012 2:41 PM

    Holmgren’s downfall is gonna be that he picked McCoy as his QB.

  16. doctorfootball says: Apr 26, 2012 2:41 PM

    A big leap for McCoy would be to go from incompetent to competent. They better hope it’s a HUGE LEAP.

  17. dryzzt23 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:42 PM

    The Clowns have not provided any protection or weapons for McCoy at all. How can he be successful with an offense populated by scrubs and losers?

    Give the kid a solid O-line, 3-4 good WRs, a TE, and a running game and he will blossom into a solid NFL QB.

  18. kane337 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:43 PM

    Browns – 4th place again in the AFC North.

  19. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Apr 26, 2012 2:44 PM

    Yeah, off a building.

  20. fthrvic says: Apr 26, 2012 2:44 PM

    Rest of NFL teams expect all their players to make same said leap thus neutralizing McCoy’s leap.

  21. ezmoover says: Apr 26, 2012 2:45 PM

    Russell Wilson in the 5th!!!!

    Everything else is just a wasted pick!!!!!!

  22. cuda1234 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:46 PM

    Who, exactly, is supposed to make McCoy look good? Chris Ogbananna? Ben Watson? Mohammad Mossaquoai? I’m not sure any qb could be successful with the skill position players the Browns have right now.

  23. hbdbrowns33 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:48 PM

    Colt is most likely not the guy but Weeden is awful. If they take him its a wasted pick they could of used on an offensive skill position or O lineman.

  24. cbusbrownie says: Apr 26, 2012 2:49 PM

    So much horse dung to take in today, let’s just do this. OMG

  25. scottysayz66 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:50 PM

    If you ain’t getting RG3 or Luck, it makes no sense to draft a QB in the first 2 rounds, IMO. Draft skill with the high picks. If it works out with Colt, great, if not you’ll be be deciding between Barkley or the 2 Tyler’s.

  26. topekan says: Apr 26, 2012 2:54 PM

    Also making a big leap this year…. February 29th.

  27. thefiesty1 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:55 PM

    He will if you idiots get him some playmakers and stop the ridiculous talk of taking another QB to replace him. Another QB will struggle too without some offensive help like Richardson and Blackmon.

  28. 4buckiz says: Apr 26, 2012 2:59 PM

    Translation: Matt Barkley would look nice in a browns uniform

  29. leftyjsf says: Apr 26, 2012 3:02 PM

    With a full arsenal my QB beat Brady and Brees (and but for Stuckey drop would have beat the red hot NY Yets).

    He had #4 and #5 RB on the depth chart for a majority of the year, a converted rookie RB (Little) and a kick returner (Cribbs) as his two WR’s. Oh yeah, the right side of the line looked like most of the abandon buildings across from the Huntington Bldg.

    Not saying my guy is the guy….but lets not cut him loose yet.

  30. unitedstateoftexas says: Apr 26, 2012 3:09 PM

    The same Colt the Browns tried 3 times to replace this off-season? Well yeah….I’m sure he’ll make a big leap….right into obscurity.

  31. gmen4life33 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:18 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks McCoy is a decent QB? I mean, look at the talent around him. The best (using that term loosely) is a punt returner. No running game either this year. No real talent anywhere actually. Almost any QB would struggle there.

  32. tednancy says: Apr 26, 2012 3:20 PM

    Browns should grab Weeden. McCoy doesn’t have what it takes. I’ve watched every snap he’s taken since Texas and I am 100% certain he’s a backup at best.

    Unlike McCoy, Weeden has an NFL arm, is bigger, smarter, and he doesn’t sound like a hayseed when he talks. He’ll get instant respect because he’ll play well, while McCoy gets praised for being a “winner” and “leader” for being the ball-distributor at Texas.

    Weeden can be the real deal; McCoy is a mirage.

  33. humpofdc says: Apr 26, 2012 3:32 PM

    The Cleveland FANS will take a Big Leap off a tall building after another slow start. Another questions: Where was all the confidence in McCoy when they tried to move up for RG3?

  34. dryzzt23 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:32 PM

    If the Browns do anything at QB, they should trade a 2nd or 3rd to the Pats for Ryan Mallett

  35. dell52 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:40 PM

    Stop hating on McCoy. Seriously, you expect every player to come in from a lockout, with a new offfense, and do good. Some players were able to do it, some wern’t. McCoy is the latter. His rookie season he was very promising. He now has a whole off season to get used to his team, methods, terminology, timing, and more. In addition, if they give him weapons, it would give him a much better chance at suceeding. I wonder if Aaron Rodgers would have played his 1st & 2nd year how he would have done. Remember, Manning didn’t turn around the Colts in 2 years, Brady was a backup, and Warner bagged Groceries.

  36. curtainclosed says: Apr 26, 2012 3:42 PM

    For his sake, I hope they get him a better helmet.

  37. td40 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:45 PM

    doctorfootball says:
    Apr 26, 2012 2:41 PM

    A big leap for McCoy would be to go from incompetent to competent. They better hope it’s a HUGE LEAP.
    Last year (2011), McCoy’s numbers were almost identical to Joe Flacco’s, and McCoy doesn’t have nearly the amount of help around him Flacco does. Funny, most people consider Flacco a pretty decent QB. The year before that (2010), McCoy was statistically better than he was in 2011.


    I think “doctorfootball” here should be sued for malpractice. Get a clue, doc.

  38. baddegg says: Apr 26, 2012 3:45 PM

    Then why was The Walrus whining about not getting the # 2 pick from the Rams?

  39. bingocostello says: Apr 26, 2012 3:46 PM

    No matter who the Brownstains take they will pipe!

  40. blackngoldimmortals says: Apr 26, 2012 3:54 PM

    Ya gotta remember to that his receivers couldn’t catch a snow flake in a blizzard either. This greatly reduces his numbers. He had some nice throws but when the receivers don’t catch it what can you do. I’m a Stiller fan and I am rooting for colt

  41. sellstoeat says: Apr 26, 2012 4:32 PM

    The only thing that worries me about this is that our brain trust felt our receivers (mo mass & robiskie) would make a big leap last year and we all know how that turned out

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