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Colt's in the saddle

February 5, 2011 - Mike McLain
It appears that Colt McCoy will be the Browns starting quarterback next season.

At least that's the way he thinks things will play out. Speaking on the "Dan Patrick" radio show, McCoy said that he expects to be the starter. He said the plan once he was forced into action last season was to groom him to be the starter in 2011.

McCoy also revealed that his right shoulder, which he injured in the 2009 national championship game against Alabama, wasn't 100 percent last season. He thinks having an offseason to strengthen the shoulder will prove beneficial.

McCoy has been in contact with new coach Pat Shurmur to discuss the west-coast offense that will be deployed. He said he's anxious to return to Cleveland to begin working with Shurmur before a possible lockout by the NFL owners begins in early March.

McCoy's announcement that he's the starter might come as a surprise to Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace. Both players lost their starting job because of ankle injuries. McCoy also went down with an ankle injury, but he was re-inserted into the lineup by former coach Eric Mangini after he returened to full health.

The only thing that could change McCoy's plans is if the Broiwns decide to use the sixth pick in the NFL draft on a quarterback. Now that Andrew Luck has decided to return to Stanford for his senior season, the top-rated quarterback is Missouri's Blaine Gabbert.

Would the Browns consider selecting a quarterback in the first round? It's doubtful, but no one knows for sure what Shurmur thinks of McCoy.


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