Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 3/27/12

Despite a failed attempt at trading up for the second-overall spot in the upcoming NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns appear to be hitching their 2012 wagon to third-year quarterback Colt McCoy. In an interview with The Plain Dealer, Browns head coach Pat Shurmur, citing the lack of preparation and all things offseason a year ago, believes that the Texas product can improve and be the team’s quarterback for at least the forseeable future.

“We’re looking forward to [Colt] being our guy and I’m looking forward to seeing him improve,’ said Shurmur. ”We believe he has a chance to be a fine player in this league.

“I want to see him have an offseason. It takes awhile to really learn an offense. Now he’s had a chance to look at all of the cut-ups and have a better understanding of it.”

In 13 games through 2011, McCoy threw for 2733 (57.2 percent) yards with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. His passer rating of 74.6 was essentially in lockstep with his 2010 mark. The Browns are widely anticipated to use the majority of their 13 selections in the upcoming draft to provide McCoy with weapons on the offensive side of the football, staring at wide receiver Justin Blackmon and running back Trent Richardson with the fourth-overall pick.  

[Related: Browns are better off without Pierre Garcon’s contract]

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