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May 16, 2011 - Mike McLain
Browns quarterback Colt McCoy has taken control of things in the absence on offseason workouts because of the lockout.
McCoy recently conducted practices at Baldwin-Wallace College with several offensive players. The plan is to get a jump start on the offense that will be installed by first-year coach Pat Shurmur.
It's good to see McCoy take charge. He knows he's penciled in as the starter for next season (if there will be a season), and he's showing teammates that he wants to a team leader.
One thing that was impressive about McCoy last season was the respect he commanded among players. It's easy to gain respect among other rookies, but getting the respect of veterans is another matter.
After the Browns shocked the New England Patriots in what was McCoy's best performance among eight starts, 31-year-old cornerback Sheldon Brown said that McCoy has all the intangibles it takes to be a winner. Brown was especaily impressed with the way McCoy handled himself in the huddle.
McCoy still has much to prove on the field. There are still questions about his arm strength in cold-weather games. He also has to show that his small body can withstand the punishment he'll absorb in the NFL.
Working in the west-coast offense gives McCoy a head start on year two. He's tailor-made for the short passing game.
Better yet, he seems eager, willing and determined to be a team leader. That's something we never saw in Tim Couch, Derek Anderson and certainly not in Brady Quinn.
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