CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy prides himself in trying to say and do the right things no matter the circumstances.
In every interview or media session, McCoy has avoided expressing frustration or ruffling any feathers with the Browns no matter how unjustly he may feel that he’s been treated.
Members of his family apparently don’t adhere to the same policy.
Last year his father irritated the Browns by blasting the organization to the Plain Dealer for putting Colt back in against the Steelers after sustaining a concussion – the symptoms of which were delayed in showing up to be diagnosed.
McCoy’s concussion fiasco prompted the NFL to add an independent observer to the press box and change how they diagnose concussions on the sidelines.
Needed changes to ensure player safety, yes, but McCoy’s dad made the situation worse.
This time his brother, Case McCoy – a quarterback for Texas, may have sealed his fate.
Colt was already facing an uphill battle in a “competition” with Brandon Weeden for the starting job and the last thing he needed was another distraction coming from a family member.
President Mike Holmgren said last week that the plan is to have all three quarterbacks on the week one roster but plans do change.
“Right now the plan is not to (trade one),” Holmgren said. “Our quarterback position is a strong position, in my opinion and something might happen as we approach training camp or during the training camp season, but that’s how we’re looking at it right now.”
While the Browns are willing to move McCoy in a trade, they aren’t actively shopping him.
“I think you are open to listen to every phone call,” Holmgren said. “You talk about stuff. If we think it’s a good thing (that can) make the Cleveland Browns better, then we would consider it.”
After reading a tweet from a bogus ESPN affiliated Twitter account, which said that his brother Colt was traded, Case McCoy fired off a pair of tweets blasting the Browns.
“Good luck Brandon! Fan of you, but my brother’s pulling the lucky straw on this one! Cleveland is only going downhill!,” Case McCoy tweeted.
“That is… If these rumors are true!”
He realized the account was a fake but didn’t back down.
“Fake ESPN accounts are nuts,” Case tweeted. “Got me fired up over nothing! Still kinda meant what I said :/”
Saturday afternoon Case deleted the tweets ripping the Browns and apologized for jumping the gun and basically throwing his brother under the bus by ripping his current employer.
“Want to apologize for my tweet last night,” Case tweeted. “It was definitely uncalled for and not at all what i stand for! Blood just runs deeper than sport colors. I’m thankful to be playing the sport I love. But with that comes responsibility and I didn’t handle that well last night.”
If and when Colt’s days in Cleveland come to an end – he’ll have his family to thank.
They likely talked him out of Cleveland.
Then again, maybe that’s their plan.