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McCoy likes winning vibe in San Fran

Colt McCoy

Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy warms up before a preseason NFL football game between the Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Quarterback Colt McCoy refused to say anything bad about the Browns after being traded to San Francisco. But his recent gushing about the 49ers says everything he could about his view of the situation in Cleveland.

“When I walked in the building in San Francisco, it was the same feel [as at UT],” McCoy tells Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It’s a great organization, and their only focus is: We want to win, and we want to win now. That’s obviously different than some of the things that I’ve been part of the last few years. I was really happy about that.”

In other words, the Browns don’t have that vibe. And he’s not upset about being gone from Cleveland.

In San Francisco, he knows he’ll be the backup. “That’s my role — to back up Colin [Kaepernick],” McCoy said. “We all want to play. I think everybody’s career takes a different path. Ultimately, starting is the goal. But Coach [Jim] Harbaugh and [offensive coordinator Greg] Roman are great offensive minds. There are so many positives there that I’ll go in and learn. I’m in my playbook right now. That’s kind of my job right now — get familiar with the system, what we’re doing.”

As McCoy enters the final year of his rookie deal, a chance to learn from Harbaugh and Roman could help prepare him to go elsewhere and compete for playing time or a starting job in 2014. In a quarterback-starved league, crazier things have happened.