I’m not one to say, “I told you so.” I’m one to make the same point using more words than that.
After the Browns devoted the 22nd pick on the draft to quarterback Brandon Weeden, I said that they should dump McCoy.
And McCoy will gradually become the most popular man in Cleveland, especially if Weeden continues to have single-digit passer ratings in games the Browns lose by single digits.
In time, Shurmur will have to pull the trigger. Another bad season will get everyone blown out of Berea, and then new owner Jimmy Haslam will make a run at Bill Cowher or some other high-profile coach who will win Haslam’s confidence and, in turn, a full decade on the job, if not longer.
Not having McCoy around wouldn’t have made Weeden a better quarterback. But if there’s a guy on the roster who’s deemed to be significantly better than Weeden, the fans will call for him.
Based on Sunday, the only surprise is that more of the fans aren’t already calling for McCoy.