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July 9, 2012 - Mike McLain
Quarterback Colt McCoy was quoted recently on a radio station in Austin, Texas as saying he's not convinced that he'll be given a fair shot at winning the quarterback competition in training camp.

McCoy needs to get off this power trip he's on. He was okay with being handed the starting job last year without having to compete with Seneca Wallace. Why, then, should he have a problem with rookie Brandon Weeden, a first-round draft choice, being given the job this year?

It's not like McCoy had a great 2011 season. By the time his season ended when he suffered a concussion against the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 13, McCoy wasn't having a good year. In fact, you could say he was among the worst starting quartrbacks in the NFL.

If McCoy was realistic, he'd look at film of his performances in offseason practices and realize that at this time he doesn't look like a NFL quarterback. In the sessions that were open to the media, McCoy, as is usual, showed no arm strength for the deep throws and was awful on what are supposed to be his breda-and-butter throws in the short game.

Not that Weeden was perfect all the time, but there's no comparisons between his arm strength and McCoy's. Weeden, without question, has a NFL arm, and in the practices that were open to the media he displayed more touch on short and mid-range throws.

McCoy is showing a sense of entitlement that is undoubtedly a product of his days at the University of Texas, where he was a four-year starter and the holder of numerous school career records. He also seemingly assumes that he'll make a smooth transition from the college game to the pro game.

That's where he's wrong. The fact is he might be no better than many of the quarterbacks that have tried and failed with the Browns in recent years. Unless things change suddenly, his name will be included with players like Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson as quarterbacks that should feel lucky they were ever given a chance in the NFL.


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