After spending his first three years with the Cleveland Browns, Colt McCoy will be packing his bags and heading out west. By surrendering a fifth and seventh-round pick, the San Francisco 49ers get their backup quarterback along with a sixth-round selection in this year’s draft.
McCoy had a well-decorated collegiate career at Texas. He set numerous school passing records and was the runner up to the 2008 Heisman Trophy Award. McCoy also led the Longhorns to the 2010 BC National Championship Game.
Taken in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft, McCoy was slated to become Cleveland’s quarterback of the future. But, the organization never surrounded him with offensive talent and the coaching staff lacked stability. He was not set up to succeed. As a starter, McCoy went just 6-15.
Perhaps all that the 26-year old needs is a fresh start. He’ll be joining a winning organization led by quarterback guru and head coach Jim Harbaugh. Learning the nuances of what it takes to play at a high level minus the pressure of having to perform, should provide McCoy with an air of new-found confidence.
Under the tutelage of Harbaugh, the fourth-year pro may finally take the next step in his development. Whether McCoy stays in San Francisco for just the final year of his contract or remains the Bay for the long haul, he must make the most of this situation.
Despite his sub-.500 record, he can play. McCoy is mobile, and is a short, accurate passer. Given the lack of weapons that he had to work with in Cleveland, he sported a respectable 58.3 career completion percentage.
From the 49ers perspective, McCoy provides the backup quarterback position with some NFL experience. Should Colin Kaepernick miss a game or two, the former Longhorn has the ability to fill in. Switching from Alex Smith to Kaepernick, San Francisco’s offense has demonstrated that it can adapt to whoever is under center.
Aided by a dominant run game and top-three defense, all McCoy needs to do is manage the game.