Besides, what was he a winner at? Not screwing up Texas games when they were pounding Eastern Southern Texas Agricultural School at Waco?
says the guy with a SC Game Cocks avatar. Not trying to stir anything up, but I'm pretty sure Colt McCoy has played in more National Title games than SC has in their entire existence. He's also the 4th all-time leading passer in the history of Texas high school football. Texas has produced more NFL players all-time than any other state in the country, so it's not like McCoy's credentials are something to laugh at (even if it is "minor league", as you put it).
McCoy is far from a stud QB, but I'd like to see Cleveland put a decent line in front of him before I jump to any conclusions. Keep in mind that Cleveland gets to play both the Ravens AND the Steelers. Twice. I'd like to see what Cam Newton does in that same situation. Not to take anything away from Newton's spectacular season, but it's not like he had a QB rating over 80 when he had to face a good DEF. Cam actually finished the 2011 season with a QB rating similar to Colt McCoy's.
Not sure what any of that has to do with whether McCoy is a viable NFL starter, but I'll play.
1.) South Carolina, South Dakota, or South Texas Goathumper U, how does that effect McCoy's short-comings? But you are correct, I do believe he's played 1 PLAY more in a NC game than South Carolina. Bravo.
Winning in college isn't much of a metric to gauge winning in the NFL. Different animal. Whether it's Tebow, Newton or McCoy, it doesn't matter. I don't remember either Manning or Brees or Rodgers winning anything.
2.) That schedule ain't changing. You can't use it as an excuse or you are simply giving away 4 games a year. Life's tough in the NFL. And for the record, Browns opponents 136-120, Panthers opponents 129-127. Pretty much a wash. And just so ya know, Panthers played 8 games against Defenses ranked in the Top 12 of the NFL for 2011.
3.) So basically they're the same QB? After all, QB rating? Ugh. Besides Newton's at just under 85 and McCoy's at just under 75, you don't mention the additional 1300 yards that he threw for? Oh, and where's the run aspect accounted for? Oh, wait, you didn't bother to note the 706 yards (26th overall) that Newton rushed for and 14 TD's scored compared to 212 yds and 0 TD's for McCoy? Dunno about most folks, but 1800 more yards and 21 more TDs produced in a season seems quite a bit more IMO.
But, back to topic, I was disappointed this year with what I saw from McCoy. I expected some growth and improvement and he seemed to regress. Hearing a lot of grumbling tho out of Cleveland about play-calling and such so perhaps it's not all him. I wouldn't be shocked if they grabbed Griffin but I'm not sure they want to pay to move up to get him though.