Thoughts on Colt McCoy trade

Posted by Vic Carucci on April 2, 2013 – 12:53 am

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

Here are five thoughts on the Browns’ trading quarterback Colt McCoy to the 49ers on Monday:

>>Once the Browns added free-agent quarterback Jason Campbell, it seemed inevitable that McCoy would be the odd man out on the depth chart. Before Campbell’s arrival, McCoy was the closest the team had to experienced depth behind Brandon Weeden. With Campbell and his 71 career starts, the Browns have significantly more experience behind the second-year incumbent starter.

>>McCoy never looked like he would be a good fit in the offense coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner will employ. This scheme calls for a big, sturdy quarterback with a powerful arm to throw the deep ball consistently well – someone who can stand tall in the pocket, hold up against pressure and allow longer pass patterns to develop. That’s Weeden. That’s Campbell. That’s not McCoy.

>>McCoy was, understandably, one of the more popular players on the team. His likeable personality had something to do with that, as did the spark he provided the team when he was forced to become the starter in place of Jake Delhomme as a rookie in 2010. His hard-working nature and display of sheer toughness also made him someone fans found easy to embrace.

>>Contrary to an opinion that many McCoy supporters have often expressed to yours truly, he received a fair opportunity to start. I know all of the discussion about him not getting a sustained look with a better supporting cast than he had in 2011. However, I think he received sufficient time as a starter to demonstrate that he has enough physical limitations, particularly with his arm, to fall short of what it takes to succeed in the No. 1 role. And this deal is additional proof that he’s in the right role as a backup.

>>McCoy could carve out a nice career as a No. 2 quarterback. He’s a bright student of the game and should interact well with the Niners’ No. 1 signal-caller, Colin Kaepernick, who figures to be a star for many years to come. McCoy generally appeared to handle himself well under difficult circumstances when he effectively lost his job the moment the Browns made Weeden the 22nd overall pick of last year’s draft.

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