Pat Shurmur praises Colt McCoy, may want to keep as backup


The backup quarterback market started rolling with Tarvaris Jackson moving from Seattle to Buffalo, but the other name everyone expected in that mix might not be going anywhere.

Browns coach Pat Shurmur praised Colt McCoy extensively Sunday, creating the impression he wants to keep McCoy as his backup.

“I think he’s done an outstanding job here in training camp,” Shurmur said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I’m very pleased with where he’s at. I gained an even greater appreciation of him, the way he’s competed, the way he’s handled the situation, let’s just call it that. I’m very impressed with how he’s doing.

“I think that’s good for our team. He understands one of the primary things you need to understand as a backup at this point — to be ready to play — because you’re ankle injury from being in there, and he’s been on both sides of that coin and so he understands it.”

McCoy posted a 138.0 rating working with the second offense against the Eagles, and his preseason rating’s an impressive 119.1. He’s looked good in the preseason before, but Shurmur said he’s impressed with how McCoy’s handled things.

“He’s had a full year now — a season and a full offseason to get to know our system better and I think it’s showing up that way,” Shurmur said. “So I’ve got a great deal of respect for what he’s done.”

Shurmur’s also said Thad Lewis as a player “worth developing,” creating the obvious speculation that there’s one job for either Seneca Wallace or McCoy.

McCoy would have more value to another team, but if you take Shurmur at face value (and this time of year, you most definitely should not with any coach), he might be staying put.

11 responses to “Pat Shurmur praises Colt McCoy, may want to keep as backup

  1. he has out played Weeds so far . maybe start Colt this season . let Weeds set until McCoy falters or gets hurt . he hasn’t finished a season yet . IMHO McCoy does well until the weather turns cold in NE Ohio . he doesn’t play as well when the winds whip off the lake . i dont care who starts just turn this thing around .

    Goooo Browns !

  2. “the situation” being that they’ve made a huge mistake in naming Weeden the starter so prematurely. Browns continue to be a mess.

  3. Mccoy should be the obvious pick for number 2. Lewis and wallace should be fighting for number 3.
    Weeden is the only obvious starting QB on the team. His preseason stats don’t represent how well he has played. If you think Mccoy should be stater, then you sir are in idiot who knows nothing about football.

  4. “I think he’s done an outstanding job here in training camp,” Shurmur said.

    Translation: “Brandon (Deer in the Headlights) Weeden ain’t the Real Thing.”

  5. I’d keep McCoy and still start Weeden. QBs get hurt, and I’d rather see have McCoy standing by than Wallace in both the short term and the long term.

    Go Browns!

  6. At the very least, the bidding price for McCoy just went up. I’m sure there were a few teams hoping the Browns would cut him.

  7. Weeden makes throws with ease that Colt McCoy couldn’t ever dream of making. It’s just a fact. Weeden’s release, accuracy, and arm strength are superior to McCoy’s by leaps-and-bounds.

    McCoy will be a serviceable back-up and I’m glad that the Browns appear to be keeping him for that role and that role only. Seneca had his chance after Delhomme blew it, and he didn’t capitalize. And his attitude sucks. Get him outta here.

  8. McCoy sure has looked solid. The Browns were plauged by dropped passes last year but anyone who watched say McCoy floated his fair share behind receivers. He’s feeling healthier this year and has more zip on his passes.

    The Browns would be absolutely foolish to trade this guy for anything less than a 2nd round pick. He has an affordable salary and has kept his mouth shut and worked his tail off.

  9. i have no feelings for the browns but I’ve always felt bad for mccoy, getting injured in the final game in college, being drafted by the browns, and getting all of the blame. good luck mccoy.

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