Go ahead and read into or scrutinize this one line as much as you would like:
"I'm a competitor and I'm working harder than ever."
That is the quote that Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy told the Cleveland Plain Dealer in an e-mail. The quote, published in a report Wednesday morning by Mary Kay Cabot, is significant because it represents the first public remark made by last year's starter since the team stunningly drafted Brandon Weeden with the 22nd overall pick in the draft.
The front office has not declared a starting quarterback yet, but they the writing is pretty much on the wall that Weeden is "the guy" moving forward. Questions originally arose as to whether the Browns would try to trade McCoy, but heading into OTA's next week, they'll have Weeden, McCoy, and Seneca Wallace all on the roster. And, even if there isn't a big-time competition going on, what approach should McCoy take moving forward? Should he concede the starting role to Weeden and be content with being a backup? Or, should he give 100 percent and verbally convey the fact that his intentions are to remain the team's starter?
Obviously, you want your players to be ambitious, but the quarterback position is somewhat of a different story in cases. Wallace caught flak last year for not being too supportive of McCoy, even though he wasn't considered a legitimate candidate to be the team's new starter. If the same case holds true for McCoy heading into this season -- that he isn't a legitimate candidate to start -- would you have a problem if he acted like Wallace did last year?