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Cleveland Browns Pre-Season Opener Reaction: Colt McCoy is the Face of the Franchise

Peyton Hillis may be the face of the newest Madden video game, but Colt McCoy has proven enough to me between last year and tonight against the world-champion Green Bay Packers that he is the new face of the Cleveland Browns franchise, and he has more than enough ability to lead this team where they want to go.

On McCoy’s first touchdown drive of the night, his final two throws were good enough to make scouts drool. He stood in the pocket and went through his progressions, shook off Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins, then threw an absolute dart over the middle to Brian Robiskie.

He came back on the very next play and threw a perfect back-shoulder pass to Josh Cribbs (great to see him getting involved in the passing game) in the end zone for the touchdown. That first drive by McCoy was as good if not better than some I have seen thus far from guys like Philip Rivers and Mike Vick. I’m not saying he’s a superstar quarterback, but he plays with fire and he plays like he’s got something to prove.

Perhaps being a third round pick and labeled “too short” will do that for a guy.

McCoy showed such great patience and poise in the pocket throughout this game, and the Browns’ passing game was actually too much to handle for the Packers in the early going of this game especially when McCoy was throwing the passes.

A very encouraging performance by McCoy and the Cleveland Browns.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.