Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/11/12

Can we at least give Colt McCoy a chance to battle Seneca Wallace in training camp for the backup position? Mike Holmgrem has stated that Colt McCoy was never really given a fair chance to be the starting quarterback last year. So in return, they decide to put him on the trading block? You don’t just get rid of a guy who was not given a fair chance, especially when that guy lives in Cleveland. A city that has never really been given a fair chance when it comes to jobs, sports teams’ success, and star players.

Last Year Seneca Wallace came in for an injured Colt McCoy and put up worse numbers than Colt. So why is Seneca Wallace even in the consideration for being the backup quarterback? Oh Ok, I forget he is Mike Holmgrem’s boy. That’s why he was the backup in Seattle and is the backup here on Cleveland.

I’m not big on numbers just facts, so I am going to keep this simple. In Seneca Wallace’s last game of the season he was 16/41 177 yards with a 39% completion rating against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In comparison to a rookie Colt McCoy playing his last game of the season againstPittsburgh, Colt went for 20/41 209 yards 49% completion rating.

While neither one shows a game breaking star, you would think that a seasoned backup like Seneca Wallace would fare a little bit better against one of the best defenses in the NFL, but for Seneca Wallace to do worse only show the value he has to the team; Which is absolutely nothing. Seneca was not overly excited to be Colts backup and expressed it to the media of Cleveland. I don’t care if he threw support around Brandon Weeden; it was still a slight to McCoy. To all the people keeping score at home, that shows he is not a team guy, and not someone that can come in and win games. If we are keeping him because he knows the offense, he does not show it on the field and has never been known as a backup that teaches. Mike Holmgrem has stated that one of the qualities of a good backup QB was his ability to scramble and extend plays. Yes Seneca does run the ball well, but Colt does it better because he actually extends the passing play and uses the run as the last option not the first.

If we really believed in Colt McCoy as the starter than why would we want to get rid of him as a backup? Especially when Mike Holmgrem personally picked Colt McCoy to groom him. Groom the guy then dont force him out. Surely you don’t think that he will have a “Tebow” effect on the city and having people call his name to come in and save the day.

The Washington Redskins drafted their franchise QB in RGIII with the second overall pick, and selected his backup two rounds later in Kirk Cousins. I would bet that they are grooming Cousins to trade for a high first or second round selection. This is what the Packers did with Matt Flynn and he was a seventh round pick.

Don Banks wrote a nice little article about the success that quarterbacks have had after being backup quarterbacks. Check it out.


Hello Cleveland, let’s use this strategy.

Colt McCoy will be 29 in four years. That would be the same age as Brandon Weeden when he makes his sixth NFL start as a rookie. If things don’t work out with Brandon Weeden we can always have Colt McCoy come in and be the starter with over 6 years of NFL experience. Colt McCoy is a winner and needs to be recognized as a quality backup in this league that could turn into a Championship QB.

Let’s not follow the model of just getting rid of players just because, let’s have a solid starter, and a solid backup QB for years to come. Let’s remember Colt McCoy is a team player, a great kid and locker room guy and will only help as well as push Brandon Weeden.

With all due respect to Seneca Wallace, and I’m saying with all due respect the Cleveland Browns is not the team for you.

The biggest joke is that the Cleveland Browns front office knows what’s best. You have never known what is best and that’s why the team always loses. Do yourself a favor Cleveland Browns and keep Colt McCoy as a backup.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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