Anointed or not, McCoy is best option for Browns

Even if Mike Holmgren is hesitant to do so, I have no problem anointing Colt McCoy as the Browns’ starting quarterback for next season. Of course, we know it’s not my decision.

But look at what McCoy did as a rookie last season: He started eight games, completed more than 60 percent of his passes and led the Browns to impressive back-to-back midseason wins over the Saints and Patriots, both playoff teams. What I also like about McCoy is that he competed on the field even though he really had few weapons to use. Most of what he did was either hand it off or throw it to RB Peyton Hillis, and sometimes TE Ben Watson.

We already know what Jake Delhomme is and what he has done in the NFL. When it comes to Seneca Wallace, no one knows him better than Holmgren, who brought him from Seattle to Cleveland. But Holmgren had a good long look at Wallace and what he can do.

The secondary market could provide an opportunity for the Browns to acquire a quarterback, and the hot name who has at times been connected to the Browns is Kevin Kolb of the Eagles. Consider that Kolb has seven NFL starts on his resume. That’s one less than McCoy, who has the exact same completion percentage, plus he has stayed healthy.

If you play at Texas and take your team to the BCS national championship game like McCoy did, you have something. I know Vince Young did the same thing. But McCoy is a down-to-earth kid who was raised the right way and always will go out and compete. Because of the condensed offseason, it’s logical that almost every quarterback who finished last season should return as the starter this season. Not too many guys will get a real opportunity to go out and compete for jobs, given the circumstances.

McCoy is the best option for the Browns, and there’s no reason to think he shouldn’t be their guy.

— Brian Baldinger

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