(from Bud Shaw, The Plain Dealer)
The old saying about the backup QB being the most popular guy in a losing football town might be even more true if he's last year's starter, stood up to the hardest of knocks, and has shown a toughness about him that fits the city's self-image.
It's especially true if the perception exists that last year's tough, likeable boy-next-door No. 1 quarterback had no substantial help and is now paying the price for it.
That's why Colt McCoy can't be part of the Browns' 2012 plans. Sorry. Doesn't matter if he comes cheaply or even willingly. Doesn't matter if he's a good teammate or a capable Plan B in case of injury. Can't happen.
Keeping McCoy around muddles the bold move made in drafting Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden in the first round.
The Browns can't be expected to win immediately with Weeden under center in the West Coast offense, particularly since he's unaccustomed to both -- being under center and the WCO.
The last thing Weeden needs is dealing with McCoy's incumbency in a sentimental football city housing convincing arguments claiming he never really got a chance....
(follows up with various other points making the case that the Browns need to let McCoy go...)