Tag:Colt McCoy
Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:01 pm

Shurmur introduced as Browns coach

Pat Shurmur was introduced as the Denver coach today (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

At first glance, new Browns coach Pat Shurmur doesn’t seem like much of a joker. In his introductory news conference this morning, he came across as controlled and matter-of-fact.

But when a reporter asked him if he would continue running the 3-4 defense or if he would move to a 4-3 defense, the former Rams offensive coordinator Shurmur responded, “There’s a defense?”

Other than that mildly amusing line, Shurmur seemed ready just to get started, saying, “I can’t wait to get off this dais and get to the task of assembling a staff.”

Though he didn’t get into specifics about potential coaches, it doesn’t seem likely Cleveland’s highest-profile assistant coach, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, will stick around. Particularly since he might be headed to Dallas anyway.

A few highlights from Shurmur’s presser:

  • “You dream of the opportunity to be part of an organization such as this. ... As you talk about our team and the goals for this team, it’s very simple: our goal is to win the AFC North, to compete in the playoffs and win Super Bowls. Anything we talk about that doesn’t relate to winning, we’re getting distracted.”
  • Shurmur said he initially would be the one to call the plays on offense: “That really is the fun part for an offensive coach.”
  • On his potential starting QB: "Very impressed wth Colt McCoy. I think he has the skill set and the skills and abilities to be a fine player in this league"
  • Team president Mike Holmgren said new Broncos coach John Fox was on the list of candidates, but in the end, he wanted a coach with a background in offense.
  • And a bonus quote from Holmgren: "You just can’t keep changing things around here every two years. You can’t do that. My hope and prayer is that the changes stop and the growing and building begins. We took some strides last year. My hope is that this will be the coach for a long, long time.”

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Posted on: January 7, 2011 12:44 pm

Hot Routes 1.7.10 KC, CLE & SEA provide humor

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Bears GM Gerry Angelo is politely saying “told you so!” to the Bears’ plethora of preseason critics.

Great headline from The Onion: “Seattle coach Pete Carroll: Seahawks only needs three losses to reach the Super Bowl.”

Because Richard Seymour is hurt, Bills NT Kyle Williams is getting the Pro Bowl nod that so many thought he deserved.

The Chiefs, worried about a possible flu outbreak (Dwayne Bowe missed practice Wednesday due to an illness), are requiring players to wash their hands all week. They’re calling it “Kindergarten Rules”.

Lovie Smith is rooting for his assistant coaches to get head coaching consideration. (The man already has three former head coaches on staff.)

Check out this letter the Cleveland Browns wrote to one of their whiny season ticket holders back in 1974.

Do the Browns need to be worried about Colt McCoy’s questionable play in bad weather?

Maurice Jones-Drew’s knee surgery was a success.

As expected, offensive coordinator Dan Henning has left the Dolphins. (The team has probably been secretly interviewing replacements since October.)

If the Jets win on Sunday, the Chargers will get New York’s second-round pick as part of the Antonio Cromartie trade. If the Jets lose, the pick remains a third-rounder (unless the Jets sign Cromartie to a long-term contract…which is likely but complicated because of the CBA). That make sense?

Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo decided not to renew the contract of Todd Hewitt, the team’s 43-year-long equipment manager. (Had a decent joke to go here, but felt kinda bad after learning the guy had been there four decades-plus.)

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Posted on: December 31, 2010 7:08 pm

Holmgren, Mangini to meet Monday

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With so many NFL coaches fired this season – and it’s not even officially coach-axing time! – one of the biggest question marks is the job status of Browns coach Eric Mangini.

Obviously, he’s on unsteady ground (he wasn’t Mike Holmgren’s hire and the Browns are 10-21 during his two-year tenure), and we might begin to get further answers on Monday.

That’s when Mangini said he expects to meet with Holmgren, Cleveland’s team president.

Until then, Mangini hasn’t had the easiest time focusing on the job at hand.

“It is and it isn’t,” Holmgren told reporters today. “There are so many things that you have to do during the course of a week to prepare for a game that the amount of time that you have to reflect on other things, it’s not like it’s a tremendous amount of time. Again, I really am proud of the way that the guys have responded. As I’ve said before, if I was any different in my approach and the coaches were any different in their approach, then it’s hard to ask a group of men, a group of players, to be consistent in their approach.

“The future will come quick enough. Jake (Mangini, his son) every now and then will ask a question, he must hear things, he asked if we were moving. I said, ‘Don’t worry about it Jake, we will figure it out.’ When you get those types of questions, you don’t think of how I am going to explain the situation to my six year old.  That’s part of the human element.”

Considering how little talent Mangini has had to work with during his two-year stay in Cleveland, the fact he’s gotten 10 wins out of the Browns is pretty impressive. The fact Colt McCoy played better than expected in his first season and the fact RB Peyton Hillis had such a breakout season also are marks in Mangini’s favor.

But Holmgren might want his own guy to coach the team. And if that’s the case, he still has plenty of reasons to give Mangini the boot. Twenty-one reasons to be exact.

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Posted on: December 16, 2010 3:15 pm

Hot Routes 12.16.10: Suggs says Brees best QB

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Terrell Suggs has mentioned how little he likes the favoritism that he believes is shown to Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. But that has nothing to do with his recent comments that Drew Brees is the best quarterback in the NFL. Actually, wait, maybe it does. "Well, in my eyes he’s better," Suggs said, via Aaron Wilson at the National Football Post. "Maybe it could be my personal vendetta against the other guys, but he’s definitely one of the premier quarterbacks in this league, and he’s got the numbers to prove it. And not only that, he’s got the hardware to prove it.”
  • We talking about practice? Why yes, yes we are talking about practice. Specifically, Redskins practice which, according to Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post, was held at Lifetime Fitness. Which is like Gold's Gym, I think. Or maybe not exactly. But the point is that the Redskins, an NFL team, somehow ended up practicing
  • page/DEN">Broncos)">According to Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post, the Broncos still plan on starting Kyle Orton Sunday. He just can't practice because of "sore ribs." Which is obviously code for "desperate excuse to start Tim Tebow."
Posted on: December 14, 2010 11:29 am

Hot Routes 12.14.10 no snow problems here

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit & Josh Katzowitz

Cardinals rookie QB John Skelton certainly wasn’t great in the first start of his career Sunday, but he was good enough to earn another start from Ken Whisenhunt.

Colt McCoy is optimistic that his return from a high ankle sprain is near.

If the Vikings want to play next Monday’s game at the University of Minnesota, they need to let the school know by today. It’s because removing the snow from the field would take 5-6 days.

Buccaneers rookie DT Gerald McCoy tore his biceps muscle vs. the Redskins on Sunday. He’ll need surgery to repair the damage.

Redskins SS LaRon Landry, who actually had been having a pretty strong season, has been placed on the IR list.

Is it really that big a deal that Tashard Choice got Michael Vick’s autograph after the Eagles-Cowboys game Sunday?

They just won a Monday Night thriller on the road…now John Harbaugh wants his team to get a Monday Night game at home for a change.

Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer questions the constructiveness of Steve Smiths’ comment about Jimmy Clausen. (He ain’t at Notre Dame anymore.)

The Bengals placed underrated run-defending safety Chinedum Ndukwe on IR (knee).

If Flynn had gotten hurt last Sunday, the Packers would have turned to Jordy Nelson at quarterback.

Dolphins NT Paul Soliai has had a surprisingly good season. Now there’s pressure on the Fins to pay the man.

Tom Cable refutes the report that he and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson aren’t seeing eye to eye.

Mike Singletary intimated that Brian Westbrook’s time on the bench earlier this season was a blessing in disguise, as now the veteran RB is fresh. Westbrook doesn’t exactly agree with that, though he’s not raising a stink over it.

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Posted on: December 12, 2010 11:42 am
Edited on: December 12, 2010 11:45 am

AFC Inactives, Week 14

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, the players who ARE active today: Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham, Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha, Jaguars WR Mike Sims-Walker,

And those who are NOT active:

Matt Cassel, QB, Chiefs:
This is not surprising, considering he had a mid-week appendectomy. Though the team originally gave the impression Cassel could play this week, there was never a chance he would be healthy enough. Brodie Croyle will get the start in his place.

Johnathan Joseph, CB, Bengals: There was some hope that Joseph – who’s been battling a bad ankle – could retake the field today. Instead, Jonathan Wade will start opposite Leon Hall.

Colt McCoy, QB, Browns: He's the emergency quarterback today for Cleveland, but he seems to be making progress from his ankle injury. Jake Delhomme will get the start.

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Posted on: November 28, 2010 11:37 am
Edited on: November 28, 2010 11:51 am

Week 12 AFC Inactives

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, here are the players who ARE active today: Jaguars WR Mike Sims-Walker, Browns WR Joshua Cribbs, Titans K Rob Bironas, Bills LB Aaron Maybin.

And the players who are NOT:

Eugene Monroe, T, Jaguars:
Not a surprise, but still, QB David Garrard can't love the fact Monroe will be absent. In his place, expect Guy Whimper to face off against Giants DE Osi Umenyiora.

Brett Keisel, DE, Steelers:
It's not the hamstring that's kept him out the past four games that's bothering him. That injury apparently is healed. Now, he's dealing with a calf injury.

Dave Bell, DE, Titans:
Tennessee will him because of the seven sacks he's produced this season.

Colt McCoy, QB, Browns: It's official. Jake Delhomme will start for Cleveland vs. the Panthers.

C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills: He wasn't expected to play, but it's OK. Fred Jackson has been awesome the past two games (both Buffalo wins) as the No. 1 RB.

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Posted on: November 27, 2010 8:58 pm

Hot Routes 11.27.10: Raiders fool us all

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- So, it’s looking like Raiders QB Bruce Gradkowski will get the start this week in place of Jason Campbell. Which isn’t what we expected yesterday.

- Rams RB Steven Jackson has been using an altitude tent this week in preparation for facing the Broncos in Denver. Meanwhile, St. Louis CB Ronald Bartell tried his twice, and he’s not going to use it ever again. Read this St. Louis Post Dispatch story to find out why (ahem, he might have got himself stuck inside).

- It might not be rocket science, but Titans QB Rusty Smith likely will look to pass more to WR Randy Moss than his predecessors. Before they got injured, Vince Young and Kerry Collins targeted Moss a combined total of four times, and last week, Young looked his way just once. When Smith entered the game, by the way, he tried throwing to Moss three times.

- Watching the Chargers-Broncos game last week, I was struck by how often Denver QB Kyle Orton threw toward the receiver who was being covered by San Diego rookie CB Antoine Cason. And I was struck by how well Cason played. In actuality, Cason has been pretty good most of the season.

- What will happen to Tarvaris Jackson now? Maybe he should just get the hell out of Dodge.

- Once again, nobody has any idea if Antonio Gates’ foot will allow him to play this weekend. Plantar fasciitis sounds less than fun.

- Jake Delhomme will start Sunday for the Browns when he takes on his old team, the Panthers. But he understands who Cleveland’s quarterback of the future is. His name is Colt McCoy.

- Jimmy Clausen will start at QB this Sunday for the Panthers. Who backs him up is a little more complicated.

- The Redskins today waived WR Joey Galloway. In many fans' views, it's about freakin' time .

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