It’s odd that the possibility of a backup quarterback leaving a bad team has ginned up as much talk as the Colt McCoy-Browns situation in recent days.
At the same time, the state of the quarterback industry suggests that there would still be interest in a player such as McCoy.
Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com identifies Green Bay, St. Louis or Denver as possibilities, since none of those teams has what you’d call a stable backup plan.
At the same time, Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com suggests the Cowboys make a run at him, considering the lack of development of third-stringer Stephen McGee. The Cowboys were so enthused about him that they gave Kyle Orton a three-year, $10.5 million contract to back up Tony Romo.
First things first — all of those teams are against the rocks if any of their backups have to play. On most good teams, that’s going to be the case. Of the group, only Orton gives you the sense he could stitch together a few good weeks of winning football.
There are things to like about McCoy’s intangibles, but he lacks a lot of the tangible qualities (namely arm strength) you need to function in some offenses.
And while his is a hot name now in part because of family Twitter reactions, the reality remains that there are quarterbacks with better resumes who could be available. There are perfectly functional backups on the fringes in Miami (Matt Moore, David Garrard) if the Dolphins go with first-round rookie Ryan Tannehill, and it’s hard to argue McCoy would be any better than either of them.