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.