Over the past year or so, we’ve written quite a bit about Colt McCoy.
McCoy was an active Christian while quarterbacking Texas, going on mission trips and making no bones about his faith. The Longhorns’ seemingly inevitable march to January’s BCS Championship Game hit a huge snag when McCoy went down with an injury to his right throwing shoulder in the first quarter. Despite a late comeback, Texas fell to Alabama.
On Sunday, he will likely start for the 1-4 Cleveland Browns on the road in an AFC North Division matchup with the 3-1 Pittsburgh Steelers. Beyond the records, the Steelers are maintaining their tradition of top-quality defense and are getting back starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who was suspended by the league for the first four games after an unseemly off-season altercation with a young woman in the restroom of a Georgia bar.
Offensively, the Browns biggest weapon is running back Peyton Hillis, who is also nursing a quadriceps injury.
On paper, the deck couldn’t be stacked much higher against McCoy, who was tabbed to largely watch and learn on the sidelines behind seasoned QBs in starter Jake Delhomme and backup Seneca Wallace. With both players hurt, head coach Eric Mangini’s options other than potentially throwing McCoy to the wolves are few.
Here’s wishing McCoy good luck. And just as a disclaimer, I’m not a fan of the Browns, Baltimore Ravens or Cincinnati Bengals hoping for a division loss for the Steelers. I’m hoping a talented, and by all accounts decent guy, like McCoy isn’t overwhelmed by the moment.