That’s not an indictment on his play as much as it is on the team around him, and the division they play in. While he did have an elite left tackle and center in front of him, McCoy’s WR and RB cohorts proved to be lacking, and his defense did little to make their quarterback’s job easier.
Meanwhile, McCoy had to go out and face down James Harrison, Terrell Suggs, and Geno Atkins six times per season. The brutal schedule for AFC North quarterbacks is the reason the men with the most success in that division over the last decade – Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer, and Joe Flacco – are all very large individuals (this is also why I want to see Andy Dalton survive a couple seasons before crowning him a 10-year guy for the Bengals).
So, here now stands Colt McCoy, two seasons after being drafted, with 4,309 yards, 20 passing touchdowns, and 20 interceptions to his name. Trade rumors swirl in Cleveland like the wind off Lake Erie. So which teams are the top candidates for a deal? I’ll break down the teams that should want McCoy, as well as those Colt should want. Before we start, I’ll emphasize that a trade is by no means a sure thing, but let’s go ahead and see if we can find a great match anyway.
Who Should Want Colt
Who Colt Should Want
Alright sports fans, if you’ve been paying attention you’ve probably narrowed it down the two teams I think would make the best fit for Colt McCoy. While the quarterback could make a good turn for himself in Philadelphia, I think St. Louis is the trade destination that would make the most sense.
Firstly, St. Louis has a zillion picks to make use of, thanks to the Robert Griffin trade.
Secondly, they have an established but not cemented starting QB in Sam Bradford, whose play in 2012 is difficult to predict and who has had injury problems.
Thirdly, McCoy is a somewhat similar player to the aforementioned Bradford, and wouldn’t require a total revamp of the offense like he would in Philadelphia.
Lastly, playing in a warmer city with a dome is far, far removed from playing in the frozen mudpits they call stadiums in the AFC North, and it’s the type of situation for success that he should have been in from day one.
So there you go. Match made in heaven. Colt, Jeff, get to know each other.