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08:56 AM ET 07.08 | The Cleveland Browns drafted Brandon Weeden to play the role of a big-armed, franchise quarterback on a team that's gone without one for decades. It's evident where this leaves Colt McCoy in the equation -- a trade feels imminent -- but the team has said repeatedly that last year's starter will be given a chance to compete for the job. McCoy, on Friday, didn't sound so sure. "We'll see, I don't know," McCoy told KXAN-TV at his annual football camp in Austin, Texas. "There are a lot of things I can control and I'm controlling those things. The things beyond that I try to do my best to not worry about those and go out there and do what I do on the field, that's the most important thing. Beyond that, I can't do anything else."

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July 8, 2012  09:03 AM ET

Colt will get a fair shot but unfortunately it won't be enough. He lacks the tools that Weeden posses which will cause him to back up the Rookie. Hopefully the Browns can move Colt to give him a shot elsewhere but I think they are hesitant right now because Weeden hasn't put on pads and shown them what he can do when the stakes are raised.

July 8, 2012  09:16 AM ET

Love a good cut-and-paste article from the internet. Don't bother proofreading and throw in a subliminal advertisement for NFL.com Fantasy Football.

July 8, 2012  09:18 AM ET

If nothing else, I'll give McCoy credit for recognizing the signs. Maybe he'd do well to study behind Rivers out in San Diego.

July 8, 2012  09:24 AM ET

Given the talent level around him, I'm not sure McCoy got a fair shot to be a starter when he started last year.

July 8, 2012  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Given the talent level around him, I'm not sure McCoy got a fair shot to be a starter when he started last year.

No argument there. And, I don't believe Holmgren ever gave him any opportunity to be successful.

July 8, 2012  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Given the talent level around him, I'm not sure McCoy got a fair shot to be a starter when he started last year.

I agree with you. The kid could only do so much with what he had. I remember watching him play against Pittsburgh and just getting the snot beaten out of him. He kept getting back up. I hope he lands somewhere where he can get a fair opportunity to be successful.

July 8, 2012  09:38 AM ET

Contrary to any players opinion, head coaches try to put the best players on the field to try to win. That is how they keep their job.

July 8, 2012  09:50 AM ET

Note: The exception to the "best player starts " rule is factoid number one: Starting any rookie QB will buy any head coach at least one extra year regardless of win/loss record.

Note to colt: The exception rule is why you even got a chance to start previously and what goes around comes around.

July 8, 2012  09:51 AM ET

Spam in the Posts. Now, Spam in the articles. Fan Nation Interns, your incompetence knows no bounds.

July 8, 2012  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Spam in the Posts. Now, Spam in the articles. Fan Nation Interns, your incompetence knows no bounds.

It's a Browns thread. Maybe they thought no one would care enough to notice.

July 8, 2012  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Note: The exception to the "best player starts " rule is factoid number one: Starting any rookie QB will buy any head coach at least one extra year regardless of win/loss record.

Yep. Exhibit A: Steve Spagnuolo.

July 8, 2012  10:00 AM ET

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July 8, 2012  10:23 AM ET

QBs drafted in the third round ( McCoy) have to play themselves onto the field.

QBs drafted in the first round ( Weeden) have to play themselves off of the field.

July 8, 2012  10:27 AM ET

He needs a fresh start. maybe it will make a difference maybe not. if his career is going to go anywhere it needs to be somewhere else.

July 8, 2012  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Note: The exception to the "best player starts " rule is factoid number one: Starting any rookie QB will buy any head coach at least one extra year regardless of win/loss record.Note to colt: The exception rule is why you even got a chance to start previously and what goes around comes around.

That's harsh 50. True but harsh

July 8, 2012  11:10 AM ET

I don't see how Weeden is going to fare any better than McCoy, given that it was being widely reported that McCoy never had a chance to even get to his second or third read on a pass plays last season due to the offensive line.

http://www.cleveland.com/ohio-sports-blog/index.ssf/2011/11/cleveland_brow ns_pm_links_45.html

Also, if you give Weeden 2 years to develop into an experienced QB (not an unreasonable time period), he's going to be 30.

Tom Brady's record in the Super Bowl in his 20's: 3-0
Tom Brady's record in the Super Bowl since turning 30: 0-2

McCoy may not be the answer. To my way of thinking, he's never had a chance to prove that one way or the other. What the Browns seem to be doing, however, is moving toward a QB that really gives them no chance to win a championship.

July 8, 2012  11:12 AM ET

Cleveland had a chance to upgrade their team (O line and TE especially) with all those draft picks. I thought they squandered most of them by unnecessarily trading up and drafting stupidly.

Weeden has no mobility to go along with that big arm. I wish him the best of luck vs. the Steelers and Ravens.

July 8, 2012  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Note: The exception to the "best player starts " rule is factoid number one: Starting any rookie QB will buy any head coach at least one extra year regardless of win/loss record.Note to colt: The exception rule is why you even got a chance to start previously and what goes around comes around.

Hey ! Let Weeden start, see how good he is at running for his life. They still don't have a Oline and whomever starts will not finish. Weeden I couldn't care less about, McCoy deserves a shot on a real team

July 8, 2012  11:23 AM ET
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Cleveland had a chance to upgrade their team (O line and TE especially) with all those draft picks. I thought they squandered most of them by unnecessarily trading up and drafting stupidly.Weeden has no mobility to go along with that big arm. I wish him the best of luck vs. the Steelers and Ravens.

Uh you must not follow the Browns. They upgraded the O line with Schwartz but their TE's where never the problem, their WR's are!

They still have a chance to sign a FA WR in the next month but even without one Weeden will fare better than Colt because he has more tools than Colt. Look, I am a Browns fan who see's the big picture, Colt never had much of a chance due to lack of talent but that lack of talent also fell on his shoulders!

As for the Browns vs the Steelers and Ravens, I like their chances against the Steelers (splitting) but they will need to pull out all the stops against the Ravens to upset them. The way I see it, "IF" Richardson turns out to be a stud RB and he can control the ball against the Ravens this would definitely help the teams chances to control the clock and give the passing game the break it needs. With that being said, I think the Browns will win 7 games this year which will give them room to grow in the next draft.

 
July 8, 2012  12:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#20):

Uh you must not follow the Browns. They upgraded the O line with Schwartz but their TE's where never the problem, their WR's are!They still have a chance to sign a FA WR in the next month but even without one Weeden will fare better than Colt because he has more tools than Colt. Look, I am a Browns fan who see's the big picture, Colt never had much of a chance due to lack of talent but that lack of talent also fell on his shoulders!As for the Browns vs the Steelers and Ravens, I like their chances against the Steelers (splitting) but they will need to pull out all the stops against the Ravens to upset them. The way I see it, "IF" Richardson turns out to be a stud RB and he can control the ball against the Ravens this would definitely help the teams chances to control the clock and give the passing game the break it needs. With that being said, I think the Browns will win 7 games this year which will give them room to grow in the next draft.

They need more than 1 first round O-lineman in order to consider it an upgrade. They passed up the best TE prospect in years (Fleener) and a better O-line player (DeCastro) when they decided to take Weeden. I like the Richardson pick but it also came at a price: they passed up the best OL in the draft (Kalil) and the best WR (Blackmon).

I consider myself a casual Browns fan - I listen to their games on radio every Sunday (no TV coverage here in TX). I too was considering the big picture ... next year's QB class will have more to offer than a 28 year old shotgun pocket passer with a 4 year shelf life. Barkley, Wilson and Jones are younger and more developed than Weeden and to me it made more sense to strengthen the rest of the team first. JMO.

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