Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) - There is nothing like a good ole quarterback controversy to work Cleveland Browns fans into a tizzy.
It’s something that Colt McCoy has wanted no part of since being drafted in the third round of the 2010 draft.
He made that perfectly clear following practice Tuesday in Berea during an interview with 92.3 The Fan’s Ken Carman and Dustin Fox.
Since being blasted into 2012 last December by Steelers linebacker James Harrison, McCoy has been surrounded by nothing but controversy – how the Browns handled his concussion, his father’s comments after, the Browns’ failed attempt to land Robert Griffin III, his brother’s tweets blasting the Browns, the selection of Brandon Weeden and the quarterback “competition” that followed – which he didn’t feel was much of one.
It’s been a long year for McCoy, who is learning to tune out columnists, writers and some fans.
“At this point, right now, yeah,” McCoy said. “So as far as controversy goes, I’m not playing those games. I’m just coming out here and doing the best I can to make myself the best player I can be for the Browns.”
The question is where does he fit in?
After losing out on the starting job to Weeden, it’s likely that he’s also going to lose the backup gig to 10-year veteran Seneca Wallace.
With Pat Shurmur’s desire to “develop” Thaddeus Lewis, does McCoy fear that he could be the odd man out?
“No, and we’re not going to go there, man,” McCoy said. “From my standpoint, everyday I just come out here and work. The reps that I get, compete, play hard, try to get better and help this team. That’s what it’s all about.
“We want to win, and I think everybody’s all in.”
“I got drafted here, and I want to be here,” McCoy said. “I gave 2 years with the same guys in that locker room. We’ve been through a lot together and I want to see it through. I want to see us winning football games for this organization, for our fans. We’ve been through a lot. You can’t see the future, but as far as what we’re doing right now the future’s bright and I’m excited about it and I want to be here to see what happens.
“I’d love to play, but we’ll cross that bridge if that ever happens.”
If it does happen, it probably won’t be in Cleveland regardless of his public desire to stay.
McCoy, who has completed 10 of 14 passes for 146 yards including a third quarter touchdown drive against the Packers, feels that he and the team have come a long way this offseason.
“Last year, we came in here with no offseason and worked and we tried to be there,” McCoy said. “I think everything’s slowed down for a lot of guys. The receivers are playing faster because they’re getting to the right spots. The run game, the guys are seeing the same looks over and over. And for me as a quarterback, I’ve seen it for a year and a half now and I think it’s just natural that you start feeling a little more comfortable. You trust your guys a little bit more, and things come.
“We’re a lot better than what we were last year at this point, so things are pretty exciting around here.”
The there’s the matter of the health of his shoulder – the subject of which was broached in an interview earlier this week with Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer.
McCoy wanted to make it clear that his recovery from reconstructive surgery on the AC joint of his throwing shoulder in 2010 has been smooth and it’s been a non-factor on the field.
“I’ve been healthy to play,” McCoy said. “But when you go back and talk about the shoulder injury, and my visits to Dr. Andrews, that injury takes two to three years before you’re fully [healed before] you don’t worry about it anymore, you don’t have any setbacks.
“Her question to me was, how do you feel? And I’m just saying, I’m getting to the point where I feel great, where everything feels right. The ball’s coming out well.”
The other thing that McCoy sees, is an upgrade in talent as well as execution in the running and passing game.
“I think the receivers are playing faster,” McCoy said. “Our running game has picked up a lot. So there’s a lot of positives on offense that are really starting to come together. And I think obviously when Trent gets back, that’s going to help a lot too.”
How much McCoy will help the Browns this season has yet to be determined.
Or if he will even still be here.