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What does it accomplish?

July 14, 2011 - Mike McLain
Camp Colt IV was held recently in Austin, Texas by Browns second-year quarterback Colt McCoy, and by all accounts many players attended and all went well.

That's nice and all, but what did it accomplish, other than improving camaraderie? It's time to see success on Sunday afternoons in the fall instead of at some player-organized camp in Texas.

McCoy can work on timing with his receivers and on some of the nuances of the west-coast offense that first-year coach Pat Shurmur will install once training camp opens, but it's nothing compared to the work that's accomplished during organized practices run by coaches. You can debate about the number of offseason practices teams are allowed to conduct, but there's no debate over the fact that valuable work gets done.

The player-organized practices give McCoy a chance to show his leadership qualities, which is a good thing. He gained the respect of teammates during his rookie season with the way he handled himself when forced into action because of injuries to Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, and he's now taking it a step further.

Now he has to show Shurmur and other offensive coaches that he can get the job done on the field at critical times. The jury is still out on McCoy. For all that's been said concerning his determination and leaderships skills, there's still the business of determining if he has the needed arm strength and physical ability to stand up against the best defenses in the NFL.

McCoy showed signs of promise in some of his eight starts last season, but there were also times when he looked like an overwhelmed rookie. We still need to see how he can play in cold weather. Throwing a pass on a short crossing pattern to Brian Robiskie in the Texas summer heat is one thing. Beng able to put a pass into the hands of a receiver on a deep out in Cleveland in December is another thing.

Camp Colt IV might have been good for the psyche of lockout-weary players, but did it accomplish anything that will translate to September? Fans can only hope so.


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