Ready or Not, McCoy May Start Against the Steelers

October 12, 2010 by

The Cleveland Browns may be forced to start rookie quarterback Colt McCoy a lot sooner than they wanted. With Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace both nursing injured ankles, McCoy will get his chance against the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday.

Almost as soon as he was selected by the Browns in the third round of the 2010 draft, Mike Holmgren said McCoy would not play this year. Well, things have changed.

After a shaky beginning in the pre-season, McCoy played a lot better against the Bears in the final tune up game. Since then, he has only held a clip board on Sundays. The Pittsburgh Steelers have to be licking their chops.

Eric Mangini needs to make sure this is not, Colt McCoy versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. This is a team game and a huge part of the team is the coaching staff. How about a sound game plan with emphasis on taking what the Steelers give up.

I think McCoy could take advantage of the many blitzes he’s sure to see provided he’s allowed too. He will also need plenty of help from a strong running game.

If McCoy is to have any chance of success against the Steelers, the offensive line will need to man up a lot better than they did against Atlanta. With top running back Peyton Hillis’s status up in the air due to a leg injury, Jerome Harrison and James Davis had better be ready to carry the ball.

A strong running game is an absolute must when a rookie quarterback has to play against Pittsburgh. Josh Cribbs needs to get the ball a lot or heads should roll. You can count me among the many Browns fans who question why Cribbs is not used more.

I liked McCoy when he was at Texas. I was happy when the Browns picked him in the draft. Now his chance has come. For his sake and Browns fans everywhere, I hope he’s ready.

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    2 Responses to “Ready or Not, McCoy May Start Against the Steelers”
    • Chris Tethers says:

      A good offensive line would help, but Gary, do you think McCoy will be able to read Pittsburgh’s blitzes anyway? That may just muddy the waters…

    • Gary Wertman says:

      Good question Chris.
      That was one of the things i was referring too in my story.
      I think McCoy will be able to recognize most of the blitzes but will he have the power to change the play?
      The real keys will be getting to the line quick enough to change the play if he’s allowed. That means Daboll had better get the play sent in on time.

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