BEREA, Ohio -- Colt McCoy worked with the first team at the Cleveland Browns offseason practice on Tuesday, but when he talked after practice he didnt sound at all like a confident starter.
In his first meeting with the media since last season, McCoy came across like a sympathetic figure, a guy clinging to the faintest of hopes to start in 2012.
Thats what happens when the incumbent suddenly is staring at a bigger, taller, stronger-armed quarterback who also was a first-round draft choice at the age of 28. McCoy knows that the Browns have made no secret they drafted Brandon Weeden to start, but clings to hope.
I can only go by what they tell me, McCoy said.
What hes been told is that hell be given the chance to compete with Weeden. But even as he spoke McCoy seemed to understand what he faces. Teams simply do not take 28-year-olds in the first round to wait behind a younger player. McCoy also knows that the team tried to acquire Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III via trade.