Millions of people watched as the Browns played the Denver Broncos in week 16 of the regular 2012 season. Millions of people saw Colt McCoy drive the Browns offense down the field and score a touchdown with a pass to Greg Little. Can you imagine Brandon Weeden coming into a game and lead the Browns into the end-zone after sitting on the bench for most of the season?
McCoy was able to do what Weeden failed to do more often than not. The Browns stunk in the red zone in 2012 and you can credit Mr. Weeden for that. How many times did we see the guy try to throw a touch pass into the corner of the end zone while the Browns were inside the 10 yard line? McCoy could have won more than 5 games in the 2012 season and there is no question about it.
People are trying to compare apples to oranges with the Weeden to McCoy comparison. People have to realize Brandon Weeden had a much more productive offense than McCoy did. In 2011 you had an injured Hardesty, a Peyton Hillis who was in a fight with the front office over money and a Greg Little who couldn’t catch. The Offensive line was totally offensive when it came to protecting the quarterback and the special teams were anything but special.
If you put McCoy on the field last year with the same player that Weeden had there is no doubt he could have won more games. The Browns were much more talented in 2012 than they were in 2011. The team came into a shortened training camp due to the lockout and there wasn’t even time for McCoy to learn Shurmur’s offense. For anyone to think McCoy couldn’t have played better in the 2012 season they should make a appointment with a doctor and have their heads examined.
The first thing people say is McCoy doesn’t have the arm strength. That is people who didn’t see the passes McCoy would throw in College when he had the time. Weeden had twice the time than McCoy had in 2011 to throw a pass. You put McCoy out on the field and let him throw the ball giving him twice the time and I’ll guarantee you he comes out with a higher passer rating than Mr. Inaccurate Weeden.
Then there is the argument people put up about Weeden beating the Pittsburgh Steelers. Those are people who don’t remember the Thursday night game in Pittsburgh in 2011 when McCoy was able to drive the Browns down the field and it was Hillis who failed to find the end zone on 3 tries. McCoy damn near beat the Steelers that night and if he didn’t get his bell rang and Haden didn’t blow a coverage the Browns would have beaten the Steelers with their starting quarterback at the helm.
The Brown don’t need to bring in a quarterback to compete with Weeden, they already have one. Let McCoy and Weeden battle it out in camp and through the Preseason and let the better quarterback lead the team in 2013. It probably won’t be Weeden……
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