Colt McCoy is the next failed NFL quarterback the media is trying to sell the Dallas Cowboys. First it was Johnny Manziel, then it was RGIII. Now there is even talk of Chase Daniel. Unbelievable.
With the Redskins release of Robert Griffin III, Colt McCoy is the only QB on the depth chart behind Kirk Cousins. The Redskins obviously felt that after two years on the team, McCoy wasn’t qualified to be a starter in the NFL and used the $19.5 million franchise tag on Cousins.
Colt McCoy only went $1.5 million against the Redskins 2015 salary cap. Believe you me, if the Redskins thought it at all possible he could be a starting quality QB they would have signed him to a more cap friendly deal and allowed Kirk Cousins to ride off in to the sunset. It didn’t happen folks.
That brings me to my next point. If there is one thing every NFL team needs it’s a backup quarterback. If the Redskins allow Colt McCoy to ride off in to the sunset, they don’t have one. Despite a $19.5 million hit against the 2016 salary cap to retain Kirk Cousins, the Redskins are still $20,699,005 under the cap (according to Spotrac) as compared to the Cowboys estimated $14,000,000.
By releasing RGIII they have put themselves in a situation to where they have to sign McCoy, sign another free agent, or rely on an unproven rookie in the draft. Colt McCoy has two years in the offense, so unless someone offers him a starters contract, (which the Cowboys can’t afford) he isn’t going anywhere folks. Members of the media will do anything to try and grab a headline, but obviously don’t do any research or remember what they said previously.
The same ignoramuses that are trying to sell Colt McCoy and Chase Daniel to the Cowboys, are the ones that said Kellen Moore (6-0) is undersized for the position. Damn, Daniel is 6-0 and McCoy is 6-1. Along with that, Johnny Manziel is 6-0 as well. What gives? At the end of the day, these people don’t realize how asinine they look. It is my contention that these journalists don’t want Kellen Moore to get any more playing time because they are not only the same people that said Moore would never make it in the NFL, but said the same thing about Tony Romo.
When Kellen Moore threw for 435 yards, 3 TDs and a had 100.6 passer rating in his second NFL start; having had no training camp with the team, no Dez Bryant, and only two weeks to prepare, they had to run for cover. The best way to avoid the fact that Moore not only proved their analysis wrong, but showed he had the potential to be the next undrafted quarterback to have a career like Tony Romo or Kurt Warner, was to try and convince fans the Cowboys needed to sign an experienced veteran. Here comes the funny part.
Chase Daniel has been in the league since 2009 and only has 2 NFL starts. He amassed 50 receptions for 464 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception, 1 Fumble and took 7 sacks: having had 3 full training camps with the Chiefs to develop some chemistry with the receivers… And they are trying to sell this guy to the Cowboys? Damn, so much for Kellen Moore not having enough experience. Daniel only had 29 more yards in 2 starts than Moore had in 1. He had 1 TD in 2 starts as compared to 3 by Moore in one start; minus the Cowboys #1 WR, Dez Bryant. Where do these people come from?
Has Colt McCoy done anything in the NFL to prove he would be an improvement over Kellen Moore?
Colt McCoy was drafted by the quarterback starved Cleveland Browns in the 3rd round (85th overall) in the 2010 NFL draft. Having had a full offseason program and training camp he started eight games. He completed 135 of 222 passes for 1,576 yards (197 YPG avg) 6 Tds (3 games without a TD), 9 INTs, and took 23 sacks for a passer rating of 74.5. He didn’t have a single game with over 300 yards passing and lost 6 of the 8 games. In 2011 he started 13 games and completed 265 of 463 passes (57.2%) for 2,733 yards (210 YPG avg), 14 TDs, 11 INTs and took 32 sacks for a passer rating of 74.6. He had one game with over 300 yards passing.
Having shown little to no improvement after 21 NFL starts, the Browns lost faith in McCoy and drafted Brandon Weeden in the 1st round of the 2012 NFL draft to create some competition at the position.
The Browns had signed Thad Lewis as a free agent from the Rams in 2011 and when the evaluation process was over, Brandon Weeden won the starting job and Lewis was named the #2. On April 1, 2013 the Browns traded McCoy and a 2013 6th round pick to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for San Francisco’s 2013 7th and 5th round picks,
On November 26, 2013, the Cleveland Browns poached Alex Tanney off the Cowboys’ practice squad and he was able to compete with Brian Hoyer, Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden. On March 12, 2014, the Browns released Weeden after two seasons with the team, yet kept Tanney who was an undrafted free agent.
Colt McCoy was cut at the end of the 49ers 2013 season having never seen action in a game. On April 3, 2014 he was signed out of desperation by the Redskins for depth behind Kirk Cousins while RGIII rehabbed his injury.
We most recently saw Colt McCoy week 17 vs the Cowboys when Jay Gruden elected to rest Kirk Cousins for the playoffs. People want to try and discredit Moore’s performance against the Redskins by saying they were resting their starters. However, they left their starters in the secondary. McCoy on the other hand, was playing against a Cowboys defense that was down to CBs freshly activated from the practice squad and missing it’s best coverage LB, Sean Lee.
McCoy completed 7 passes for 128 yards,1 TD and had 1 fumble. Hardly a memorable performance. Especially when you consider 71 of those yards came from a TD pass to Rashad Ross on a blown coverage.
The media can say what they want about Kellen Moore, but at the end of the day, I am inclined to believe the coach knows better than anyone whether or not he is capable of being the backup moving forward. Let’s take a look at what he had to say.
“He was made for this,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said of Moore. “He was prepared to play. You can just see how much experience he has. He never gets rattled. He made a couple of really nice checks, which I’ve never seen a guy starting his first game do, and got us some big plays. I’m really impressed with what he was able to do in his first start.”
“He just needed a chance, and he just needs a chance,” Linehan said following Senior Bowl practice. “And until you put him out there, you’re not going to know. And I think we found out a lot of things about him that prove that he belongs.”
“We had a rough start to our final game, had some turnovers early. The last three quarters that Kellen played, I was really proud. I think he ended up with maybe one of the six best passing days in Cowboys history, or something like that, in a regular-season game, as far as yards and production. For your second start, that’s a good start.
“I think we’re excited about his future and moving forward and, now that he’s able to get a good off-season and training camp with us, hopefully, it will give him a little more of a head start. He was having to come in and adjust to a lot of things. He did a great job of that.”
It appears as though the man who has the final say, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones isn’t counting him out either. On two separate occasions at the combine he deflected questions in regards to signing a veteran free agent QB.
“I’m looking at the positive, the negatives were obvious,” Jones said of Moore. “You can’t win making those kinds of bad plays — I’m talking about the turnovers and interceptions. On the other hand, for someone that had never played in a game, he did some really impressive things. There’s no question in my mind that he can ultimately play and win games as a quarterback in the NFL — Kellen Moore can. There’s no question in my mind.”
“Now, along the way will he lose more than you can afford to be around for when he does win one, or win two or three? That’s the big question. So I’m not basically saying he can take you to a division or a Super Bowl. I don’t know that. But I will say that he’s got something special.”
“Our staff is really impressed with him, and of course they would and should know the very best,” Jerry Jones said of Moore. “But what he didn’t do is spit the bit out when he got in the games. It wasn’t too big for him. As a matter of fact, he would step up and go to the occasion. He didn’t get glassy-eyed when he threw those interceptions. He came over there and just said, his famous line to Jason was ‘Well, let’s be positive, Coach. I can’t do any worse than that. It’s all uphill.’ That’s pretty strong.”
We all saw what the other veterans with the media’s coveted experience were able to do. Considering the fact Colt McCoy lost his job to Brandon Weeden, and after what we saw Weeden do for the Cowboys: How excited are you to sign him?
The fact of the matter is: after 6 years in the NFL, full training camps with the respective teams and 25 NFL starts, he has shown little to no improvement. Kellen Moore on the other hand, is just now getting an opportunity to showcase his abilities and has shown steady improvement in his limited opportunities without an offseason program or training camp with the Cowboys. I am convinced that having had that opportunity, he will thrive in the Cowboys offense.
After reviewing all of the above mentioned facts, the only conclusion I can come to is: Signing Colt McCoy would not only end up expensive with the Redskins current depth at QB, but a bad idea. Chase Daniel would be an even worse idea. If the biggest knock on Moore is his size, those two should be immediately discounted for the same reason.