In the Browns’ first preseason game, you can see why fans are starting to get excited about Colt McCoy’s potential. He completed 9-of-10 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown while running Pat Shurmur’s offense to near perfection. He looked comfortable and poised and spread the ball around with little to no hesitation. If he can carry that performance into the regular season, there’s no reason the Browns can’t at least be competitive.
Now, nobody is suggesting that the Browns are playoff bound or that McCoy is heading to the Pro Bowl anytime soon. One preseason game does not a player or team make, and the WCO generally takes a few seasons to master. But for a franchise that has desperately searched for direction for nearly a decade, this is a positive start for Cleveland. And it’s not like McCoy didn’t posses these same attributes in college: his completion percentage never dipped below 65.1 in any of his four seasons at Texas, and he finished his junior season with a comp. percentage of 76.7 and his senior season with a mark of 70.6.