Colt McCoy proves he’s got what it takes
Terry Bradshaw – Fox Sports
What did I tell you about Colt McCoy?
I liked him as a quarterback at Texas, and I think the only reason he wasn’t a higher draft pick was because he’s not as tall as these other players. But I thought he had the makings of being able to play in the NFL because he played in a lot of big games in college — he beat Sam Bradford and Oklahoma — and he put up big numbers. And he’s so athletic. You saw that on his 16-yard touchdown run around left end in the big win over the Patriots.
And this is a guy I kept hearing the Browns weren’t blown away with in training camp and in practice, but who cares? I mean, practice. Who cares about practice? When given a chance, he’s really played well for the Browns. He’s won two straight starts.
And give coach Eric Mangini some kudos. He’s trying to do it right. He has that Peyton Hillis running wild and hard, and his defense is always prepared. The Browns have lost three games by a total of 12 points. And they always have a couple of trick plays ready to go. They scored on one Sunday.
McCoy was 14-for-19 for 174 yards. Now, he didn’t throw a touchdown pass, but you just want your rookie quarterback not to turn the ball over. And he didn’t do that. But if you don’t give him a lot of opportunities, you limit the mistakes. Besides, that would be asking too much of him. The bottom line is he had no picks and no sacks.
Nobody thought the Browns would dominate the Patriots.
Tell you the truth, I didn’t even recognize the Patriots from their win last week against Minnesota. It was that ugly.
I think Howie Long said on our show Sunday that Tom Brady deserved to be mentioned for the MVP this season because he’s working with less and winning. But what we found out about the Patriots on Sunday was they can’t rush the passer and they can’t stop the run. They had absolutely no attack with their offense. They have no explosiveness with their offense, but they are 6-2. That’s amazing to me.
At the end of the game, I watched as Mangini grabbed Bill Belichick and held him back. He pulled him back, and Belichick stayed for a couple seconds. It was a good pullback. You could tell Mangini was trying to patch up his relationship with his mentor. But Belichick isn’t going to patch that stuff up. He didn’t seem interested in anything Mangini was saying.