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Colt McCoy says he’s working harder than ever

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Colt McCoy doesn’t sound like he’s ready to cede his starting quarterback job to Brandon Weeden just yet.

Outside of a report that the Browns told McCoy that they wouldn’t draft a quarterback in the first round, a report the Browns denied, we haven’t heard anything from McCoy about the team’s decision to draft Weeden. He didn’t address that choice directly in an email to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, but he did send a message that he’s not buying into the widespread belief that the job is going to Weeden.

“I’m a competitor and I’m working harder than ever,” McCoy wrote in the email.

While the Browns say that the competition is open, all the hard work in the world might not be enough to help McCoy. The Browns didn’t take a 28-year-old quarterback with the 22nd overall pick to have him sit on the bench one minute longer than is absolutely necessary. Everything they say that isn’t about the competition is tinged with undertones that Weeden will wind up with the job.

McCoy still has reason to work hard, though. A strong preseason could interest another team in making a deal for him, opening up an opportunity for McCoy that doesn’t include a player drafted to be the Browns’ starting quarterback.

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22 Responses to “Colt McCoy says he’s working harder than ever”
  1. jluns275 says: May 17, 2012 9:45 AM

    It’s just like every other industry-
    Number 2 always tries harder.

  2. cpo187 says: May 17, 2012 9:52 AM

    Of course he’s working harder then ever. His job depends on it.

  3. tommyribs says: May 17, 2012 9:55 AM

    Colt McCoy:
    - Great kid/competitor
    - Lousy Arm

    He’s essentially Sanchez-Lite. And that’s not a good thing.

  4. botchedextrapoint says: May 17, 2012 10:06 AM

    Hard work is wasted when there is no one at the other end of the pass.

  5. brownoholic says: May 17, 2012 10:15 AM

    Well nobody should EVER have questioned his work ethic and leadership. If his hard work makes him finally able to deliver a long throw correctly, I say fight for that starting job and take it, Colt . . .

  6. ningenito78 says: May 17, 2012 10:22 AM

    Probably best that McCoy’s ‘team’ withhold comment for awhile seeing as how daddy’s comments may have made the bed he’s sleeping in to begin with.

  7. jackblackshairyback says: May 17, 2012 10:23 AM

    He isn’t dumb. When the Browns picked Richardson at #3, Colt was one of the first to send him a “Welcome to the team! ” tweet. When they took Weeden at #22, he was silent.

  8. hulkhogansays says: May 17, 2012 10:30 AM

    Hey so now he can throw the ball 11 yards instead of 2 yard pitches brother.

  9. cserisey says: May 17, 2012 10:31 AM

    Why do I get the feeling that all we are doing is re-arranging the deck chairs on the titanic? I am a die-hard Browns fan, but folks this team ain’t going anywhere with either of these guys.. The Browns need Dan Gilbert to buy that team. He is building a long term winner in the Cavs. He knows how to do it. Learner is just what Tony Grossi said he was, and big show is just padding his IRA. He doesn’t give a s##t whether or not this team wins.

  10. dirtybird28 says: May 17, 2012 10:34 AM

    A developmental guy who was thrown in too soon with little to no weapons. The Browns could’ve built around him instead of letting him drown, and i bet they pay for it. The Browns probably could’ve gotten Weeden in the 3rd round, to boot. Hopefully TR is ready to carry the load.

  11. jgpike says: May 17, 2012 10:44 AM

    I hope Weeden works out to be everything hoped, but don’t count out McCoy yet. And in the end I think they’ll keep him either way and dump Wallace. At worst he’s younger, with more upside and saves them $1.5M annually….and you couldn’t find a better team player.

    ….and stop with the soap opera about his father’s comments. If anyone really believes a team makes decisions based on outside white noise, you have no grip on reality.

  12. cuda1234 says: May 17, 2012 11:02 AM

    I don’t get it. He’s a WINNER and he DESERVES to play. He’s a GOOD GUY who INSPIRES his teammates. He’s won at every level and hasn’t been given a chance to succeed. Its the coaches fault and the receivers fault and O-line’s fault.

    Or does that argument apply exclusively to Tim Tebow?

  13. dawglbfan says: May 17, 2012 11:19 AM

    Its easy just see how many clay pigeons he can hit.

  14. burnsxpress says: May 17, 2012 11:24 AM

    Go to miami and hold a clip board for Ryan Tannehill..SEC SEC :)

  15. sterilizecromartie says: May 17, 2012 11:27 AM

    The Weeden pick will set this franchise back another 5 years. They should have chosen to ride it out with McCoy for one more year and spend that 22nd pick on something else. You have to consider McCoy was playing with absolutely NO offensive weapons around him with the exception of Peyton Hillis… and he was only good in 2010. With Trent Richardson there and an improved Greg Little, McCoy could take a big step this year.

    But, I guess they plan to hit the reset button again and go with the 29 year-old rookie over the 25 year-old with two years experience.

  16. sterilizecromartie says: May 17, 2012 11:32 AM

    cuda1234 says:
    May 17, 2012 11:02 AM
    I don’t get it. He’s a WINNER and he DESERVES to play. He’s a GOOD GUY who INSPIRES his teammates. He’s won at every level and hasn’t been given a chance to succeed. Its the coaches fault and the receivers fault and O-line’s fault.

    Or does that argument apply exclusively to Tim Tebow?
    ———-
    Uh, ya, that argument would make sense except that Colt never won a championship in college and he has yet to win anything in the NFL.

    Tebow won a national title, an AFC West title, and a playoff game.

    Their resumes couldn’t be more different.

  17. bigzant82 says: May 17, 2012 11:33 AM

    all dat hard work will not help ya arm strength nor will it get you over 6’2″ unless he takes HGH or etc so hey colt welcome to the bench

  18. kodakinvegas says: May 17, 2012 11:44 AM

    Please, if I may– In addition, how fairly did they treat that kid when Harrison BLEW HIM UP. An entire stadium KNEW that kid was HURT, bad. Pull that on Weeden and watch what happens. I’m not Tebow fanatic but right is right, wrong is wrong. If Heckert is so sure he’s a bomb, send Tebow to the Bucs, a team that WANTS HIM, a city that wants him and is WILLING TO BUILD AROUND AND HELP HIM. Bash him all you want, but somewhere be FAIR. That’s WHY the Browns have SUCKED since the 70′s. Mike Phipps, Brian Sipe, Bernie Kosar were SB talent until Cleveland got them. Think about that for one minute. Mike, Brian, Bernie, Tim. Clevelan SUCKS, but it’s NOT because of QB’s!!!!!!!

  19. hornbuckle says: May 17, 2012 11:47 AM

    What’s the old saying about working smarter not harder.

  20. lolb23 says: May 17, 2012 12:26 PM

    I don’t get it. He’s a WINNER and he DESERVES to play. He’s a GOOD GUY who INSPIRES his teammates. He’s won at every level and hasn’t been given a chance to succeed. Its the coaches fault and the receivers fault and O-line’s fault.

    Or does that argument apply exclusively to Tim Tebow?
    __________________________________

    Tebow beat the Steelers

  21. bereado says: May 20, 2012 4:33 AM

    Poor Colt, the victim of everyone and everything around him. t s not his fault that he coul not hit a receiver in stride 5 yards out on a crossing route.

    It is the receivers failt, or the coaches fault, or the weather’s fault, or Hilllis’ fault, right? Nope.. it is Obama’s fault. Obama is the reason why Colt is a bad QB. Blame it on Obama.

  22. daveincleveland says: May 20, 2012 3:52 PM

    I agree that Colt didn’t have much help out there. When the right tackle is so bad that the left end beats the QB to his drop, you’re behind the 8 ball to begin with. Mix in the opinion that the offense conceptually was horrid, and the receivers dropping balls that hit them on the hands, and you can’t win for losing.

    He also didn’t help himself, though. I remember some wheel route that put Hillis behind the secondary wide ass open. Colt spotted him, then threw what looked like a punt in his general direction. The hang-time made Reggie Hodges say, “Damn.” If Weeden was QB, that was most likely a TD. The ball would have went there on a rope, not on a glide slope.

    I don’t think we’d be in bad shape if Weeden won the job. Last year he beat Andrew Luck, beat Robert Griffin, beat Ryan Tannehill, beat Landry Jones, and beat Nick Foles. Not too shabby, but we’ll see how quickly he can adjust to the NFL game. And we’ll quickly see if the problem was with the WRs or the QB after all. Either way, I just want the best QB to play.

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