Quarterback Colt McCoy: More Than Just A Backup

Jan 3, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (16) warms up before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. The Redskins defeat the Cowboys 34-23. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Redskins second-string quarterback Colt McCoy does not get the respect he deserves for a number of reasons. He was drafted out of college, University of Texas, in the 3rd round by the Cleveland Browns. He failed to live up to expectations in addition to suffering injuries. However, let us look at how things were in Cleveland at that time. The Browns went through head coaches and/or offensive coordinators every year! Flush what he learned last season because here comes a new system, new language and terminology because the head coach and/or the offensive coordinator changed again. He was traded to the San Francisco 49ers to be a backup quarterback. Then, Colt’s luck changed.

On April 3, 2014, Colt McCoy joined the Washington Redskins and was thrown into the mix with Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. In his first game, he substituted for Kirk Cousins at halftime with the Redskins down 10 to 6. His first pass was a touchdown to Pierre Garcon. The Redskins won that game and Colt started the next game on the road against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. He won that game too. Then McCoy was benched for Robert Griffin III coming off an injury.

On March 17, 2015, Colt McCoy re-signed with the Washington Redskins and was named the backup quarterback to Kirk Cousins who was named the starter over Robert Griffin III. McCoy only played in two games, where he threw one touchdown, zero interceptions and threw 7 of 11 completed passes for 177 yards. He showed fans he knew “the system” and was a starter in waiting, not just a backup quarterback.

On March 9, 2016, Colt McCoy signed a 3-year extension with the Washington Redskins. He has returned to the winner he was for 4 years at the University of Texas. This will be his 3rd year in the same system. McCoy will be ready when needed and will be successful. Through good coaching from Matt Cavanaugh, Jay Gruden and in the past Sean McVay, Colt McCoy can start for the Redskins if something happens to our starter, Kirk Cousins.

Those who believe Colt McCoy is just an average quarterback do not realize he practices hard and has been in the same system for the past 2 years and will be in the same system this season as well as being healthy. This is NOT the young Cleveland Browns rookie of 2010. Having more years in the NFL and seen more defenses, Colt McCoy is a film watcher and shares what he sees from other teams’ defenses with Kirk Cousins. He knows it’s “Kirk’s Team” and does what he can to help and is prepared to step in when needed.

This writer lived in Texas and saw Colt McCoy play quarterback for the University of Texas for 4 years. I can tell you he is special, a runner-up Heisman Trophy candidate with a long and impressive list of college stats. Colt McCoy has wheels and is mobile with the ability to make something out of nothing.

McCoy was mentioned as a Heisman Trophy candidate in his freshman year of college (2006) and he appeared on the Athlon Sports pre-season Heisman watch at the start of the 2007 season. Feel free to “Google” Colt McCoy to view the statistics, honors and awards he earned while in college that are way too long to list for the purpose of this article.

Another important fact about Colt McCoy is that he is a devout Christian, so off-the-field issues are doubtful. Also, McCoy helped save a neighbor’s life by swimming about 300 yards across a small lake and flagging down emergency crews while Ken Herrington had a seizure on his backyard dock, wife Patina Herrington said.

I can testify from watching him grow from a freshman at the University of Texas to the present that we have a starter in waiting, not simply an average quarterback. I am not saying he is better than Kirk Cousins at all. I am saying Colt McCoy knows the system and works hard, studies film before every game of the opposition and will be ready to win for our Redskins when his number is called. He is “The Real McCoy.”

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