The eleventh hour is at hand. Trades are in the air, and the Cleveland Browns need to make their decision. Colt McCoy is their biggest chip, and the Arizona Cardinals still have no answers at quarterback. Can a deal happen?
McCoy value up in preseason as Brandon Weeden moves forward
All the talk around Cleveland is about the rookies on offense. It starts with quarterback Brandon Weeden. Even at 28 he needs time to learn the speed of the NFL, and it hasn't caught on yet. The Browns struggled offensively through their first three preseason games. Their latest against the Philadelphia Eagles showed he has trouble holding on to the ball when pressured. He isn't accurate enough and needs to improve his chemistry with the young Browns receivers. Meanwhile the coaches and front office continue to quash any ideas of a quarterback controversy despite backup Colt McCoy playing a very clean and solid preseason. The third-year passer says he wants to stay in Cleveland, but if he ever wants to find another starting job in the league, his best chance is for the team to trade him. The question is, where can he go?
Battle between John Skelton and Kevin Kolb giving no answers
The offensive line has problems, but it isn't enough to stem the tide of critics saying the Arizona Cardinals have a quarterback competition no one wants. Neither big-time free agent Kevin Kolb nor his challenger John Skelton has seized the reins through three preseason games. In fact they both have looked indecisive and inaccurate despite a group of receivers others teams would kill to have. Bad offensive line or not, at least one player should make do when he can throw to Larry Fitzgerald and first-round pick Michael Floyd. Kolb and Skelton just aren't consistent enough, and if the Cardinals truly are ready for a Super Bowl, then they need to find one who is. McCoy isn't pretty by any stretch, but his preseason is a window into the kind of quarterback he plays. He's efficient and takes care of the ball. He commands the huddle. Best of all he would come cheap in a trade. In exchange, the Cardinals could afford to send Cleveland some help on offense.
Colt McCoy deserves another look at quarterback. If Brandon Weeden is the answer for the Cleveland Browns, then they should call up a team like the Arizona Cardinals. Their issues with Kevin Kolb and John Skelton are beyond the boiling point. Maybe McCoy can settle the matter by default.