"Listen, I want to make something pretty clear, and I might as well do it on your show seeing how it's banned all over the world," Mike Holmgren told KJR-FM, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. "I like Colt McCoy as a player. I think he's a fine player and has a chance to be a fine player in this league."
Holmgren, of course, was pivotal in the team's decision to use a third-round pick on McCoy in the 2010 NFL Draft, and the kid wasted no time in generating electricity with wins over the Patriots and Saints as a rookie. Holmgren looks back on last offseason's lockout -- combined with a new head coach and limited time to learn the West Coast offense -- as roadblocks for McCoy. Less patient types point to Andy Dalton and Cam Newton, and wonder why the Browns appeared stuck in slow motion deep into the season.
"I'm not down on Colt McCoy at all," Holmgren said. "But I will always think as long as I'm in a position like this, we are always going to look for quarterbacks, to make that pile a little bigger, try to create some competition to try to bring the best out of people you already have. I know Colt as a person, and he will respond as well as anyone in the world will to this. I'm not down on Colt. He can play."
Nothing surprising here and such is life in this league: 4-12 records breed questions and concern, especially at quarterback. Whether or not he's had a fair shake, McCoy already faces great pressure to succeed in Cleveland -- up to now, a tall order.