Let me first say congratulations to the Kansas State Wildcats for the thumping they laid down on the Longhorns in Austin. I am totally embarrassed but the lingering question in my mind is: what happened to Colt Mccoy? Mccoy's first 10 games before he was hurt at K-State last year, he was 170/256 (66%) 2051 yards (205 yds/game) 27tds (2.7 tds/game) and 4 ints (1 pick every 64 passes). He had a record of 9-1 (loss to #1 Ohio State) and had been mentioned as a Heisman invite to New York. Since, in his last 8 games, Mccoy is 165/254 (63%) 1773 yards (221 yds/game) 10tds (1.3 td/game) 12 ints (1 pick every 22 passes). Only his yards per game have improved, and with the receivers he has that is understandable, yet after a year of experience Mccoy has not gotten any better at reading their routes. He focuses in on the hot route and if that is not available will scramble in order to see if someone else is open, usually forcing a bad pass.
Also, it has become apparent that Mccoy has developed what I call Simmsitis, whereas, if things are not going well, you just simply lay on the turf and wait to get taken off the field. This disappoints me even more than his poor play simply because I still to this day deny Simms ever went to Texas. I hate to say this but I have been impressed with freshman John Chiles so far, and would like to see what he could do. Maybe I am overreacting but I do not want to let talent sit on the sideline untested.
To Mccoy's defense in a way, I believe that a lot of his play since getting injured last year has become psychological. I remember in 1996, Emmitt Smith was just coming off his best season ever with over 2000 total yards, a record breaking td performance, and a Super Bowl victory, when on the opening weekend's Monday night game against Chicago, Smith landed awkwardley on his head while jumping over a pile. Smith never looked the same after that, he did still produce but never got close to those numbers ever again. Watching the game yesterday I saw that at least twice on interceptions when Mccoy was hit, saw the pick, and stayed on the ground a little longer as a result. On the flipside, the touchdown to Cosby in the end zone, he took a shot and got right back up down 24-21. Earlier in that same drive he scrambled on third down to get a first, took a good shot, then got up and pounded his chest at the Wildcats sideline.
Mccoy and the special teams led to the loss yesterday as personally I think the defense was only responsible for 10 (17 offense/14 special) points and played as well as can be expected in the situations they were put in.
Sorry if this seems more like a rant, but in closing I will say this.......put John Chiles in so we do not lose another QB whO thinks he can start somewhere else, and see what he has. There is nothing really to lose as the Big XII yesterday showed that no matter what, none of the teams will play for the title.
Longhorn fans and haters, what do you think?