What Is The Rush To Trade Colt McCoy?

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The Browns have drafted the guy who they now view as their latest Quarterback of the future, Brandon Weeden out of Oklahoma State. He has the size and the arm strength that they covet for the West Coast offense. He is clearly here to play from the start. You don’t draft a 28-year-old quarterback to sit for a year or two and learn. If this is the guy that Tom Heckert and Mike Holmgren believe in, then lets see what he has on opening day.

That leaves the Browns with two other QBs who now have uncertain futures. Colt McCoy, the now deposed starter, and the backup for the last two seasons, Seneca Wallace.

During last night’s press conference, Heckert was asked a pointed question; what is the future of McCoy with the organization and would they consider trading him now that Weeden was brought in. ”

(A trade is)something we’ll talk about tonight and tomorrow,” he said.

The night turned to morning, and Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer was reporting that the Browns were talking to Green Bay about a possible trade of McCoy. The Packers lost their backup, Matt Flynn, to free agency, and just have former Texas Tech great Graham Harrell behind him. My question is this – what is the rush to get rid of McCoy so quickly?

The real question is why the Browns are so eager to dump Colt yet still want to keep Wallace?

Let us not forget that Seneca openly campaigned against McCoy and refused to mentor him over the past two seasons. This is the “team guy” you want to be the backup for Brandon Weeden, a guy you just drafted in the first round? So McCoy is good enough to be a backup in Green Bay, but not here in Cleveland?

If we have learned anything about Colt in his time in Cleveland, its that he is a hard working, team-first guy who will do anything he is asked. Can you say the same thing about Seneca Wallace? While the Browns may have done McCoy wrong by reportedly telling him they wouldn’t draft a QB in the first round, McCoy isn’t naive. He knows this is a business. What we saw of him last year showed that he is probably best as a backup QB. So why not have him as our backup QB?

The devil’s advocate on this will say that you won’t want McCoy around to bring up a QB controversy. What happens if McCoy looks great in preseason and Weeden struggles? As I said before, if the organization was sold on McCoy, they wouldn’t have drafted Weeden in the first round. He is here to play. McCoy will be a good soldier and a quality backup who would help the rookie QB adjust to the new system. I firmly believe that.

Seneca on the other hand? Who knows with that guy. He’s the guy that needs to be blown out of the organization, not McCoy.

  • mgbode

    yes, the Browns defense will likely come back to average this year.  but, my point is that there is not only 1 way to build a team and that we can be successful with just an average QB (Flacco isn’t more than average IMO).

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I still think offense is almost always going to have the upperhand over the defense though.  That’s how the NFL wants it… they’ll make changes to the rules to get it that way because it’s what the fans want.

  • Steve

     Work together, sure, whatever. But if you’re making someone else better at the expense of yourself, then I want you in the org as a coach, not a player.

    And we don’t need a good backup. This is a 6-7 team if things break right. If we have to go to the backup for any extended period, its a 4-5 win team almost regardless of who the backup is. I’m going to care about the backup when I need to ensure good QB play to make the playoffs, say, like the Jets. A backup QB is a luxury, and the Browns can barely get the necessities right.

  • mgbode

    if Seneca is the 2nd best QB on the team AND he can make the best QB on the team better, then I want him as the backup QB.

    also, either way, I want to keep the 2nd best QB as our backup and draft Coleman/Lindley as QB3.  I think Colt is our 2nd best QB.  pretty simple.

  • mgbode

    if Seneca is the 2nd best QB on the team AND he can make the best QB on the team better, then I want him as the backup QB.

    also, either way, I want to keep the 2nd best QB as our backup and draft Coleman/Lindley as QB3.  I think Colt is our 2nd best QB.  pretty simple.

  • mgbode

    if Seneca is the 2nd best QB on the team AND he can make the best QB on the team better, then I want him as the backup QB.

    also, either way, I want to keep the 2nd best QB as our backup and draft Coleman/Lindley as QB3.  I think Colt is our 2nd best QB.  pretty simple.

  • Steve

     Again, I’m a fan of comparative advantage here. Coaches should coach, players should play.

    And what benefit is there to having the best possible backup QB on this roster? I understand that the trading the backup for another player is a complete shot in the dark, but its better than nothing, which is what McCoy/Wallace is worth to this roster at the moment.

  • Watson187

    If I was McCoy I would want a trade, Why work for a franchise that LIES to you.I thought Colt was doing pretty good, and knew he would get better with time. But as always the management thinks they know best. I guess thats why My beloved Browns are destined to be Loosers.

  • Paulormf

    colt mccoy is going to end up being our QB, next season, and if we provide them the weapons, he will have sucess. Weeden wont last 4 weeks int he NFL.

  • Hetz

    This is all based on a story by Mary Kay Cabot, who thinks her job is to report on QB controversies and run star RB’s out of town.  I don’t see why the Brown’s don’t keep Colt.  I’d lose Wallace in a heartbeat, though.

  • NoVA Buckeye

    going ‘dan snyder’ is paying a washed-up free agent who will have the biggest contract of their career and have the worst season of their career

  • Lee Smith

    The Browns did not draft any Wide Receivers in the first 2 rounds because they are trying to tell you that it was the QB and not the WR who could not get it done.

    Isn’t it obvious now?

  • Johnny Unitas

    There is no rush to trade Colt McCoy. why?  Easy, I don’t think there is any NFL team that has any interest in Colt McCoy except maybe as a 3rd or 4th string backup.  Colt McCoy never had NFL talent and he never will.  He was a great college quarterback, and he is a very nice guy as a person, he just doesn’t have the physical skills necessary to be an NFL backup quarterback!