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Discipline of Steel
10-17-2010, 09:20 AM
Yeah OK...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101015/ap_ ... owns_mccoy (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101015/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_browns_mccoy)

McCoy ready for Steelers

BEREA, Ohio Colt McCoy made it through practice unscathed. Next, he has to survive Pittsburgh's petrifying defense.

Barring an unforeseen development, Cleveland's rookie quarterback will make his first NFL start Sunday when the Browns visit the blitz-crazed Steelers, who are certain to come after McCoy from the moment he steps on the turf at Heinz Field.

It's a daunting task for anyone especially a wet-behind-the-ears QB.

"It's go time," Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll said after practice on Friday. "He's facing the No. 1 defense in the league. What better way than to start out against the Pittsburgh Steelers? This is what he's always dreamed of."

McCoy has been thrust into the starting lineup following injuries to Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, who are both nursing high ankle sprains and could be sidelined for several weeks. Browns coach Eric Mangini refused to rule out Wallace and Delhomme for Sunday, but neither looks ready to play.

Delhomme wore a protective walking boot in the locker room, and Wallace said his ankle had improved as he slipped on his giant, plastic boot. Both were listed as doubtful a 25 percent chance of playing on Friday's injury report.

Mangini, perhaps wanting to keep the Steelers guessing, has refused to officially announce that McCoy, the former Texas star and the NCAA's winningest quarterback, will start. But almost everyone else has indicated that McCoy will open behind center.

"I really like Colt McCoy," Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. "I've seen him light our defense up for three weeks so it's good to have him actually play against somebody else."

McCoy hasn't played in a regular-season game, and Ryan knows his baptism by the black and gold will include the usual heavy dose of Steelers blitzes sent in by Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.

"You know LeBeau is going after him," said Ryan, who admitted he would do the same to a rookie QB. "The young man is exciting to me, but I'd be lying if you don't go after a young quarterback, of course you do."

McCoy has impressed his coaches and teammates this week. He's taken control of the huddle, studied hard and doesn't seem at all intimidated by the chance to step in and start. McCoy became accustomed to playing in big games during four years starting for the Longhorns.

This is just another step up.

"The guy's a leader," Ryan said. "He's mature. He doesn't look like much. He's a competitive guy and I'm excited to watch him get out there and play. You've got to play sometime. Now there would be easier starts than playing the No. 1 defense, but this kid will probably do great."

The Browns selected McCoy after he slid to the third round in April's draft. They didn't intend to play him in his first season. But with Delhomme and Wallace hurt, the team didn't have any other options and so they've turned to the 6-foot-1 McCoy, who passed for 13,253 yards and 112 touchdowns in college.

Mangini was pleased with McCoy's progress this week in practice. He thinks the 24-year-old is prepared to handle the pressure.

He wants McCoy to play his game and not to become overwhelmed or try to do too much.

Or the Steelers will eat him alive.

"You can't force the ball into spots against this defense, you can't do it," Mangini said. "There are too many opportunities when you do that for them to make big plays. You have just got to be smart and you've got to make good decisions and you've got to go to the open player and make good reads and do a good job of controlling the defense with your eyes and understanding what's happening.

"Those are the things that I expect from him."

Discipline of Steel
10-17-2010, 09:23 AM
Ruh-Roh!

http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/ ... Y_ID=20711 (http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/Story.asp?STORY_ID=20711)

The Good: Accurate timing passer with marginal physical skills for the next level. Poised in the pocket, senses the rush and steps up to avoid it. Effectively commands and controls the offense, displays a sense of timing and overall awareness. Sells the ball fakes, buys time for receivers and stands in against the rush, taking a hit to get the throw away. Displays outstanding sense of knowing where pass catchers are on the field. Remains focused, puts touch on throws when necessary, and nicely places the ball into receivers hands. Very accurate over the middle and puts passes where only his receivers can make the reception.

The Bad: Lacks stature in the pocket and not a quarterback who can withstand the rush. Does not display the ability to get outside the pocket or scramble away from defenders. Lacks the big-time arm, cannot drive the throws or zip the outs.

The Verdict: McCoy has been a wonderful quarterback on the college level and led Texas the four years he was with the program. He's been incredibly productive yet benefited from the Longhorns spread offense, which enabled him to pick and choose his targets all over the field. McCoy has a terrific head on his shoulders yet lacks the arm strength and size to lead a team at the next level. He would be an asset on the sidelines and a signal caller who can see spot duty as a starter when necessary.

Oviedo
10-17-2010, 09:31 AM
Maybe not this game, but I think McCoy will be a better QB than some give him credit for. He just needs to be in the right system that focuses on quick, timing routes where is accuracy is a benefit. Put him in the right West Coast offense and he can succeed.

He will will never be a down the field passer.

DukieBoy
10-17-2010, 09:38 AM
A little delusion?:

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ALLD
10-17-2010, 04:41 PM
He played a pretty good game considering it was his first NFL game. I believe the D took it easy not to send him out of the game as they did with other Browns.

chiken
10-17-2010, 05:16 PM
We always seem to struggle with Qbs we don't have film on - he represented himself well today though..

feltdizz
10-17-2010, 06:04 PM
I gotta give McCoy props... he looked good today. Cleveland would be wise to stick with him. I think we took it easy on him in the second half.

DukieBoy
10-17-2010, 08:43 PM
McCoy played pretty well, made some very fine throws, exceeded my expectations.