Report: Colt McCoy has been told he’s in Chip Kelly’s plans

AP

Chip Kelly may be creating a quarterback controversy in Cleveland before he even gets the job.

With the Browns reportedly getting close to finishing a deal to bring Kelly from Oregon to Cleveland, a report from ESPNCleveland.com suggests that Kelly may like Colt McCoy, the 2010 third-round pick who started 21 games in his first two seasons, better than Brandon Weeden, the 2012 first-round pick who started 15 games as a rookie.

According to the report, Browns CEO Joe Banner told McCoy he is “in the next head coach’s plans.”

Of course, there are a lot of caveats here. For starters, Kelly has been spending his time coaching Oregon and watching tape of the Ducks’ Fiesta Bowl opponent, Kansas State. He hasn’t been watching tape of McCoy, Weeden or anyone else on the Browns. So any opinion he has about either quarterback is extremely preliminary. And even if Kelly did have plans for McCoy, those plans could change if McCoy struggled to pick up Kelly’s offense in minicamps, training camp or the preseason.

The reality is that we have no idea who the Browns’ quarterback will be this year. Maybe it will be Weeden, maybe it will be McCoy, maybe it will be a rookie the Browns draft, or maybe it will be a veteran the Browns acquire through a trade or free agency. But this much is clear: If Kelly is going to make this thing work, he’s going to need a quarterback who can run his offense. And just a year after the Browns selected Weeden in the first round of the draft, there are real questions about whether Weeden can be that quarterback.

114 responses to “Report: Colt McCoy has been told he’s in Chip Kelly’s plans

  1. Why is everyone assuming Kelly is going to bring his college offense to the NFL level? To me he seems like a guy that knows how to adapt. He’s going to run whatever type of offense gets him results.

  2. Hey Folks:

    ESPN Cleveland is hardly a reliable source on any sports subject matter.

    I should know…. I live in Cleveland.

    All these rumors are out of control.
    It’s always a case of “sources” that are never
    clearly identified.

    The truth of the matter is Joe Banner & Jimmy Haslam aren’t telling anyone “anything” just yet, and for anyone to claim they are is pure stupidity.

    Oh wait… this just in…. Bernie Kosar wants to run the read-option offense now. Sources say….

  3. They would’ve taken Kendle Wright, but the Titans took him before they got their chance…They ended up taking Weeden instead, so I’m sure Colt McCoy will get his shot…

  4. Weeden probably doesn’t fit the offense Kelly has in mind. Having said that, McCoy would be injured in the first game, plus he’s gun shy. Lewis may be a good fit however.

  5. If Chip Kelly and Jon Gruden end up coaching against one another in VISOR BOWL I (aka D-BaG BOWL ) the media coverage would be in Jeffery Lurie’s words “voluminous” !

  6. Andy Reid says you can have Matt Cassell for a 2nd round pick.
    A BARGAIN, better jump on that quick Chip ol buddy, ol pal.

  7. Why are people assuming Kelly is going to Cleveland? Is ESPN saying it’s “95 percent certain”, like they did with the rumor of Reid to Arizona?

  8. It doesn’t matter who the QB is for the Browns in 2013. They will essentially “take a knee” for the entire season, assuring themselves of a nice high pick and takes next year’s Heisman Trophy winner… Braxton Miller from THE Ohio State University. (I’m kinda joking)

  9. i always thought that a good coach adapts to his talent like the shanahans did when cousins started against the browns. if he doesnt have the pieces to run his offense than im sure he’s smart enough to run a different offense until he does

  10. Yea, Kelly isn’t your typical moron NFL HC where he takes an NFL offense and forces it on the wrong players.

  11. He’s either in Kelly’s plans to release him as soon as he is hired or a good reason not hire Kelly.

  12. He hasn’t been watching tape of McCoy, Weeden or anyone else on the Browns. So any opinion he has about either quarterback is extremely preliminary –

    those words are pretty absolute aren’t they?

  13. There isn’t much tape of McCoy to watch. He could have seen every second of video that exists on him within a day or so and already taken a position as to his value and potential plan of use.

    I sure wouldn’t hire the guy if he couldn’t tell me if McCoy is a good QB and if he plans to use him or not. I expect him to know that upfront as a very basic means to qualifying the man in the first place for the job.

  14. ” Colt McCoy, the 2010 third-round pick who started 21 games in his first two seasons, better than Brandon Weeden, the 2012 first-round pick who started 15 games as a rookie.”

    Interesting,wouldnt it be impossible for Brandon Weeden to play more than 21 games in his ‘Rookie’ season

  15. Yeah, ESPN Cleveland is by far not a reputable “source” each hack sports reporter they have throws out their opinions and consider it a “source” they get their breaking news from everyone else twitter and the internet, – the real insiders such as Chris Mortenson, adam scheffter etc. are actually connected, then the local guys jump on the story and add their two cents. Same with the Cleveland plain dealer reporters, which is really sad, that they can’t get any scoops when they are a half an hour from browns headquarters. Jimmy Haslam does seem enamored by Colt from some of the comments I’ve seen him make since buying the team, so could see Young Colt “back in the saddle” in 2013. WOuld rather see a taller faster, stronger armed option personally.

  16. Why isn’t Josh Cribbs being brought up as a potential QB for Kelly. May fit better in the Oregon offense. That’s if Cribbs stays with the Browns.

  17. How exactly could the browns know that if he wasn’t allowed to talk to teams until today? This sounds like it was already a done deal a long Time ago

  18. Killerskrew, that rumor is actually a couple weeks old, if you know where to look. I know what source 850 got it from, a source that had Phil Taylor’s torn pec and Haden’s suspension long before any media did.

  19. Sanchez for Weeden.

    2014 Johnny Football. This is one guy who could make it in the NFL in Kelly’s system.

    Smart, fast, shifty, cool, and can pass. Would render 300 lb dlinemen useless.

  20. Based on that last game, I wouldn’t rule out Thad Lewis either. All three of the Browns’ QB’s could be in the mix come training camp (assuming any of them make it that far).

  21. Just give the raiders a 4th or 5th for Terrell Pryor! He’s more adapt to run chips offense and he’s a lot bigger than both so he should be able to take more of a beating. Plus dude is MAD fast when he tucks and runs

  22. If Kelly does end up in Cleveland Colt will be his starting QB. That’s the same offense he ran at Texas until Greg Davis kept calling the same stupid plays tha got him hurt in the NC game. Kelly and McCoy just might turn the Browns moribund franchise around.

  23. McCoy takes the snap and runs to the sideline, over and over and over again. What will Kelly do with that?

  24. Wow he wants to end his career before it starts by coaching in Cleveland. In a division with the ravens and five straight playoffs and the steelers and bengals. Cleveland is a where coaches go to die

  25. I can’t believe Weeden is 2 years older than Alex Smith and Alex Smith has been in the league FOREVER.

  26. This is awesome. Colt McCoy is very underrated and I think when given the chance he can become very successful. Kelly might be on to something if he does indeed use Colt. I’m not a browns fan but Weeden was a total waste,McCoy has great potential.

  27. When I think of a new age offense I do not think of a Quarterback who looks like he’s 12, goes “gulp” when something frightening comes his way, and Gives you the lasting image of him getting hit in the head by James Harrison.

    If Michael Lombardi likens you to Ty Detmer you can’t play. This kid did good things at the University of Texas, but he was in a spread offense that did not make him look like an electrifying runner.

    Plus, he does not look like the CEO type. He does not look like somebody who could take command of the room. If Tiki Barber described Eli Manning’s vocal leadership as a third-year player as comical what would he say about McCoy?

    I would feel better about him if he could pass as an impassioned linebacker in a craze despite his play at quarterback. To ask him to do so would not only be a joke it would make you fall out of your chair laughing.

  28. phillybeav says:
    Jan 4, 2013 9:27 PM
    Vick and Asomugha to Cleveland for Weeden and a draft pick?———————————————————————————————————————thats not fair i’ll trade Vick and Asomugha but i want 4 used footballs and a brand new tee.

  29. Although Colt McCoy is an inept punk, Weeden is probably worse. One day people might look back at the Browns taking Weeden with a first rounder as the single worst draft pick in NFL history. I honestly don’t believe he would be a starter in the CFL

  30. Why would a zone read offense coach want a guy that’s never run the zone read in his life (Weeden), when he’s got the winningest zone read qb in college history (McCoy) on the team? This makes perfect sense.

  31. If the rumors about Chip Kelly to Cleveland are true, he’s had no time to consider his personnel and determine how he’s going to develop that offense. The only thing I’d take for granted is that an offensive mind like Kelly won’t be bringing in Tebow to quarterback his team. Otherwise, I hope McCoy does at least get a re-evaluation from the new coach. He was the scapegoat when the Browns lost other key tools, such as Hillis. Based on his 2010 performance, he deserves another look.

  32. There is still no word if Chip Kelly even interviewed with the Cleveland Browns…Still ESPN is still not reporting nothing…So it looks like this is just a huge rumor that was started by cbssports and continued to be rumored over on profootballtalk

    I will wait till ESPN reports it…That is when I will believe it.

  33. I think there is going to be a big market for QB’s like Alex Smith and Matt Flynn this year. Teams with an extra QB with experience that have not played themselves out of the league should find a sellers market. There does not look like a sure fire 1st round QB in the draft.

  34. If any of this is remotly true, then Hasslem isn’t the owner people in cleveland thought he was.

  35. Doesnt matter what offense we ran with weeden the dude is garbage. Holmgren forced weeden on us, wasting a 1st rd pick in the process. Mccoy is a wayy better QB. And unlike weeden if his Recievers are covered mccoy can run. Weeden forces throws, stares down the WR’s, gets almost every pass swatted has no accuracy or touch on his passes and he cant read a defense. (Does Derek Anderson ring any bells)Mccoy doesn’t force throws and he actually has some accuracy. Plus Mccoy had no talent around him again unlike Weeden who now has Trent,Gordon,Little,Benjamin and a solid O-Line. If kelly doesnt see a QB in this draft that is as good or better than Mccoy lets ride out this year with Colt.. in the process seeing what he can do with some actual talent. If he fails we can go QB in 2014!’ but for this year lets go- LB,Safety or CB in this upcoming draft. No more reaching for QB’s who are out the league in 2 years. BTW Whoever said Mccoy is gun shy should be condemned to an insane asylum cuz obviously you haven’t seen him play!

  36. Cue the Steve spurrier rise to your level of incompetence in the NFL song plus the Pete Carroll the NCAA is on my heals ready to hit me with a bunch of sanctions so I gotta go someplace for a couple years and hide hymn….ya Chip you will have to start working now and the salaries you give players are now capped and each team has as much money..not trying to be too hard on the guy and I know Kelly said he was going to run a “pro style” offense, but the issue is he has ZERO NFL experience and it is a huge learning curve..he’ll be looking for a job in the SEC inside of three years.

  37. You know who has an incentive to float a rumor that Colt McCoy is in Chip Kelly’s plans and therefore worth something more than a ham sandwich? Joe Banner. This is not his first rodeo.

  38. I’m not sure either Weeden or McCoy can successfully run any NFL offense… but McCoy reminds me of Ken O’Brien from the JetsJetsJets – he’s gun-shy in the pocket, with the “deer-in-the-headlights” look. Weeden wins by default, and the Browns fans lose.

    The Browns are building lots of talent on each side of the ball, but they’ve got to figure out the QB situation, first.

  39. It doesn’t matter who the QB is for the Browns in 2013. They will essentially “take a knee” for the entire season, assuring themselves of a nice high pick and takes next year’s Heisman Trophy winner… Braxton Miller from THE Ohio State University. (I’m kinda joking)
    __________________________

    Yeah, you Ohio State meatheads will be screaming for Braxton like you screamed and cried for Troy Smith.

  40. phillybeav says:
    Jan 4, 2013 9:27 PM
    Vick and Asomugha to Cleveland for Weeden and a draft pick?
    ————————————————

    Michael Vick to Cleveland to lead the Browns in the Dog Pound……..Social Media can’t wait for that one to happen!

  41. beanocook says:
    Jan 4, 2013 9:31 PM
    Yea, Kelly isn’t your typical moron NFL HC where he takes an NFL offense and forces it on the wrong players.
    ————————————————————
    That sounds more like Andy Reid.

  42. Dennis Dixon’s available. He hasnt looked terrible in the few starts he’s had, he still gets sniffs from teams and he’s an Oregon guy.

  43. So Joe Banner called Colt during the interview?

    JB ” Oh, wait, you guys continue, I need to make a phone call.” JB as he enters a stall in bathroom, makes a phone call “Hey Colt, happy new year, you are in Kelly’s plans” “gotta go, I’m in a meeting right now”

  44. No way did this come from Banner or McCoy. The reporter was texting back and forth with some players and got the info third hand. What probably happened is that Banner told McCoy that that they want to keep him and this just turned into a giant game of telephone.

  45. Weeden is no stunner, but even as an old rookie he should be given a chance to prove himself. There are very few rookies that can just come in and be who everyone expects them to be. This year is an exception to the rule kind of thing. I honestly dont know what the Browns should do..But weeden should be given that opportunity…..I did watch McCoy though and i feel basically the exact same way about him…Good luck to the Browns and there fans

  46. Jan 4, 2013 9:31 PM
    It doesn’t matter who the QB is for the Browns in 2013. They will essentially “take a knee” for the entire season, assuring themselves of a nice high pick and takes next year’s Heisman Trophy winner… Braxton Miller from THE Ohio State University. (I’m kinda joking)
    ————————————————–

    They may have the number one pick..And if they do they have to take Clowney…Not every day you get to pass up on a guy like that…..Browns passed on AP, and that didnt work….Clowney is the same kind of prospect just different position. That kid will kill in the NFL

  47. Of course he’s in the plans, hasn’t grandpa Weeden retired yet? Seriously what a catastrophe taking that old bum in the first round. Picks like that hurt franchises for years.

  48. Come on man… This is a guy who understands football. He’ll take the players that he has and keep adapting/morphing into what he wants. Remember this is the last coach they want to hire for while, so time and talent evaluations will set the structure. I believe in this group. Why? Second time around for Banner and Lombardi plus an owner he has deep pockets and excels in competition. Go kick some ass Browns.

  49. If Chip Kelly took over you can pretty much guarantee two QBs that will at least be on the offseason roster, Dennis Dixon and Darron Thomas. Neither has had any success at the NFL level and I’m sure Kelly would like to have at least one guy in town that knows how to run his high-tempo offense.

  50. If Chip Kelly took over you can pretty much guarantee two QBs that will at least be on the offseason roster, Dennis Dixon and Darron Thomas. Neither has had any success at the NFL level and I’m sure Kelly would like to have at least one guy in town that knows how to run his high-tempo offense.

    I’ve always liked Dennis Dixon to the point where as a Bengals fan I don’t want him playing for the Browns.

  51. Colt McCoy’s resume does not include the phrases “extremely quick outside the pocket”, “agile with quick feet and good decision making”, or ” game breaking speed when he pulls the ball down.”
    It is very difficult to see all the facets of this move, if it indeed does happen. But one thing is for sure: If Mr Kelly uses Colt McCoy to run a read option spread offense it will shorten both of their careers in the NFL. McCoy will get mangled and the Browns will continue to lose.

  52. ‘The reality is that we have no idea who the Browns’ quarterback will be this year’
    . ….so if it wasn’t a Saturday there’s really no reason for this story to even show up ANYWHERE!!!!

  53. Unidentified sources say that the groundskeepers in Cleveland are laying down bright orange turf as I write.

  54. The problem for Weeden is inconsistency. That is to say, in the games he’s played badly, he looks awful and unworthy of a starting QB position in the NFL… But on the other hand- in the few games that he’s played well, he looked far better than McCoy has looked in *any* game that *he’s* played.

    I’m not sold on Brandon Weeden at all. But when you figure in that his good games looked far sharper, more accurate, and a just plain a better bet behind center than McCoy, combined with the fact that he’s a rookie, you’d think a smart coaching staff might give the guy one more chance in a new system.

    That said, Thad Lewis looked better than either one of them in the one game he played. Hmmmm.

  55. As a Browns fan who watched 15 of the 16 games this year (I know…I root for pathetic teams) trust me, Weeden is NOT the answer. McCoy is better even though he had a worse offense around him when he played.

  56. “Browns fans news for you all, Kelly never won anything, you will be losers for many more years”
    ___________________________

    That’ll certainly be true if the powers that be think Colt McCoy should be starting.

    But starting Colt is a darn good way to make a run at that 2014 #1 overall pick. Evil genius!

  57. Lol the jets told Tebow the same thing! keep that clip board close. Or gain 20 pounds and play punt protection

  58. Its bad enough that we have some idiot DJ in Cleveland saying how great colt is, now I have to read it hear. Colt make for a good story, not winning football. The third string QB put him to shame.

  59. I feel very confident that Joe Banner was texting Colt during his 7 hour affair with Chip the Visor. I bet it came up right after they discussed the salary cap and draft options for this season. I can just see Colt getting the text and heading to the backyard with his suspended brother working on the ole spiral. If this is true I guess anything is possible like taking another shot with Mangini or the legend that is Butch Davis.

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