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.