Colt McCoy is either delusional or else he’s not paying attention.
The young Browns quarterback, who will be under center in the season opener against Philadelphia only if Brandon Weeden has a complete meltdown between now and then, still believes he has a chance to win the starting job,
He told Abilene (Texas) Reporter-News reporter Joey Richards that it’s a matter of finishing the job. “I’ve always been a guy that wants to finish what he starts,” he said.
He says all he wants – and forgive the notion that this might be belaboring the situation – is a chance to beat out Weeden. That is not going to happen. Not in training camp. Not in the exhibition games. And certainly not this season.
McCoy said it is “part of my nature” to fight for what he believes is rightfully his job. “You’re getting everything I have, whether it’s working, preparing, studying or practicing,” he told Richards at his youth football camp in Abilene recently.
Then in a moment of stark reality, he added, “Unfortunately, a lot of things are out of my control. The main thing for me is not to worry about those things I can’t control. I have to go in, do my job and have high character and compete my tail off if the opportunity is available.”
Therein lies the problem. It isn’t available. That opportunity no longer exists.
McCoy has nothing but nice things to say about the town in which he plies his trade. “I really like Cleveland,” he said. “I love the town. I love the fans. I think they truly deserve a winning football team.
“That’s what I want to do. I want to be there for the ride of turning that thing around. We’ll see what happens.”
If there is such a turnaround, it won’t be because of McCoy since he most likely will be a spectator on the sidelines with a clipboard in his hands.
He had his chance. It didn’t work out for any number of reasons. The only way he gets a second chance with the Browns – if they don’t either trade or release him – will be if Weeden disappoints.
That’s not likely to occur unless the rookie surrenders to the pressure that is certain to accompany him throughout the season. Unless the Browns’ brass seriously misjudged him, which is a remote possibility, Weeden will be the starter for many years to come.
It’s comforting that McCoy is buoyed by his confident nature. It won’t take long before he realizes – if he doesn’t realize it already – that Weeden exudes the same brand of confidence.
And that, plus the fact the Browns’ brass has bet heavily on him to succeed, should enough to jolt McCoy into realizing his future contributions to the Browns are limited at best.