It´s no secret: the game of football is build around the quarterback. That’s why they make the fattest checks, that’s why they tend to become the MVP, and that’s why only a selected few can actually make it. Every year talented players emerge from the NCAA and work their way into the NFL draft searching for a break, for a chance to play on Sundays. The NFL is Americas most followed sport and this billion dollar industry is thirsty for talent.
Success while in college is no guarantee for credibility and achievements as a pro. Yes, certainly there have been many players who have made the transition effortlessly, but then again, there have been many players who haven’t been able to live up to their NCAA expectations once they hit the NFL. Well, the graduate from the University of Texas, the leader of the NCAA Championship winning Longhorns, Colt McCoy could be ready to go into the big leagues with a mad drive.
The kid is focused and talented and has a strong work ethic that on the long run could very well pay off. The Cleveland Browns are in a desperate need to find that one player upon they can build a talented team. Knowing that there was plenty to learn and not happy with the NFL extended lockout that kept him from training early in the preseason, Colt McCoy worked his way around the lockout to learn the West Coast system. So McCoy hit the road and began his work earlier then the rest.
That’s why he left in the middle of the summer for Hattiesburg, Mississippi to spent a few days with the three-time NFL MVP and the West Coast master Brett Favre. One of the finest quarterback to have played the game had learned the West Coast system while playing for Browns president Mike Holmgren, then the coach in Green Bay; now he is going to take under his wing one of the newest football promises: one Colt McCoy.
“Since I couldn’t get coached, it was a great opportunity to pick the brain of a guy who played in the system for 20 years,” McCoy said in a press release given out by the Cleveland Browns. “It was a chance for me to get a lot of questions answered. We worked on footwork, progressions, reads and things like that. It was definitely a positive trip.”
And truth be said, McCoy might had actually learned a few tricks and tips because he was looking quite phenomenal in his first preseason game. McCoy looked prepared and comfortable in Cleveland’s new West Coast offense Saturday night. He even managed to outplay Super Bowl star Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and was nearly flawless in the Cleveland Browns 27-17 win. Cleveland’s rookie coach Pat Shurmur recorded a winner in his first NFL preseason game.
Now the big question is still out there: could McCoy play like he did on Saturday when the time comes and it really counts? The regular season is right around the corner, for all we know, if McCoy can keep up his numbers (he completed 9 of 10 passes for 135 yards, one touchdown and compiled a 152.1 passer’s rating against the Packers) in the regular season, McCoy could be exactly what the Browns have been longing for.