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Colt McCoy worked with Brett Favre this offseason

Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:29 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Over the summer, NFL players weren't allowed to contact with coaching staffs. So many of them turned to other tutors in order to beef up on their respective offenses. Nothing weird about that.

But that doesn't make it any less interesting to hear that Browns quarterback Colt McCoy sought out Brett Favre for advice.

"Since I couldn’t get coached, it was a great opportunity to pick the brain of a guy who’s played in the [West Coast] system for 20 years,” McCoy said via a Browns spokesman, per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. "It was a chance for me to get a lot of questions answered. We worked on footwork, progressions, reads and things like that. It was definitely a positive trip."

At this point Favre's name, in any non-retirement context, strikes fear into the hearts of NFL fans and scribes across the land. But McCoy's decision to chat with the future Hall-of-Famer actually makes a lot of sense.

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For starters, Favre built his legacy under Browns president Mike Holmgren when the mustachioed legend coached the Packers. Favre is Holmgren's guy and Favre knows the system that coach Pat Shurmur is installing under the regime.

Shurmur had tremendous success with Sam Bradford, developing him into one of the more prolific rookie passers in NFL history. That wasn't because Bradford spent the year chunking the ball down the field either; he dinked-and-dunked his way to 3,512 passing yards and an NFL rookie-record 354 completions (on an also-rookie-record 590 attempts).

While McCoy is a different QB than either Favre or Bradford, he's still a talented young man who flashed plenty of promise his rookie year in the West Coast offense.

And if he wants to improve on an already pretty good shot at repeating his 2010 success, he's certainly making a smart move by seeking out the advice of the people who best understand the offense he's charged with running.

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Since: Aug 15, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 4:17 pm

Colt McCoy worked with Brett Favre this offseason

Give credit to McCoy for trying to get better any way possible.  I was really hoping the Bills would draft this guy when he was available.  The Browns got a steal in my opinion.  I think Colt is going to be a sleeper this year, quietly putting together a solid season for Cleveland.  The rest of the problems with the Browns is going to limit his winning percentage, but he should be quite effective this year.  He has experience under his belt, and now tutoring from one of the best QBs of all time.  Colt has the drive and determination it takes to get better with each passing season.  A class act as well, very friendly and down to earth during his time at UTexas.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 4:14 pm

Colt McCoy worked with Brett Favre this offseason

As for Colt McCoy, I believe he is in a very good situation to succeed.
I have to agree with you.  I think McCoy would have been rated higher if not for the shoulder injury toward the end of his collegiate career.  He's more mobile than most NFL QBs, and uses that mobility within the pocket.  (Kind of like a young Favre, for all the Favre haters out there).  He doesn't have a rocket arm, but it's strong enough, and he seems to be a leader as well.  From a guy who isn't a Texas or Cleveland fan, I think McCoy has an excellent chance to become a top 10 QB in the league - but the perception of him is going to depend on how successful the team is, and a lot of that is out of his control.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2011 4:12 pm

Colt McCoy worked with Brett Favre this offseason

Well considering that Mr. McCoy works for Mike Holmgren it is not surprising that Holmgren asked one of his former students/players to help tutor McCoy. But still....I think Steve Young would have been a better influence. Young is not "wish-washy" and the guy is a class act. You cannot say that about Mr. Favre who is famous for sending lewd photos and texts on cellphones and his numerous retirement/unretirement escapades.

Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 4:08 pm

Colt McCoy worked with Brett Favre this offseason

What really bugs me is that people forget that Brett Favre played games get the HIGHEST ratings during the last 15 seasons that he has been in. There is a reason people love or hate to hear about Favre and that reason is he is the modern day diva that people cannot refuse to look away from. When he actually retires, the NFL fanbase WILL miss him. Favre was a constant in my childhood and adulthood as a pure football fan, not just someone who only watches the NFL, but football in general. He played every game on the cuplink of his sleeve and enjoyed the game. Never did he forget that it was just a game, played by the people afforded the ultimate opportunity to participate.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:57 pm

Colt McCoy worked with Brett Favre this offseason

By bringing up the "Championship" arguement you're pretty much pissing on Dan Marino's career, who WAS a better QB than Bart Starr. On top of that, you're saying someone like Trent Dilfer is better than Marino too since Dan never won a Super Bowl and Trent Dilfer did. So bring an arguement with a little more common sense and substance than just the championship arguement. That's to say nothing of the fact that the defenses Starr played against weren't anywhere near as good as the defenses in this era. The scheme's weren't as complex and not as difficult for a QB to read and the players themselves weren't as big, stong, fast or skilled as the players today. So something else you shouldn't do is try to compare eras because it doesn't work.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:52 pm

Colt McCoy worked with Brett Favre this offseason

It kills me how writers will publish any story where they can mention Favre.

Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:47 pm

Colt McCoy worked with Brett Favre this offseason

Since you are a Grandma and apparently a Packer Backer you should be aware of something.  Favre isn't even the greatest GB QB of all time. That would be Bart Starr.  He had a fifteen year career and was a five time NFL Champion including the first two Super Bowls.  That means he led his team to the NFL Championship one out of every three years he played.

How many years did Farve play and how many championships did he win?  Piss poor record compared to Starr.  Deal with that you old Cheesehead.  

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:46 pm

Colt McCoy worked with Brett Favre this offseason

We'll see if Colt really learned anything from Favre if he retires next year and then unretires just in time to avoid practice. The lockout already kind of did that for him this year.

Since: Jun 10, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:29 pm

Colt McCoy worked with Brett Favre this offseason

MUSTACHIOED!!!!!! Oh, I just earned a new lease on vocab!!!

Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:17 pm

Colt McCoy worked with Brett Favre this offseason

Good for Colt McCoy to seek out some coaching during the strike and it doesn't hurt that he got some advice from a future NFL hall of famer. All jokes aside Brett knows the game of football and he knows how to play QB so Colt should benefit as well as the Browns. Hmmmm see a future job for Brett with Cleveland?

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