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Report: Brad McCoy’s comments sealed Colt’s fate in Cleveland

Colt McCoy

FILE - This Dec. 8, 2011 file photo shows trainers tending to Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy after he was hit by Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. McCoy missed the final three games of the Browns’ 4-12 season that ended New Year’s Day with another loss to Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)


After Browns quarterback Colt McCoy suffered an obvious (to everyone but the Browns) concussion during a Thursday night game against the Steelers in December 2011, McCoy’s father, Brad, called out the Browns for failing to keep Colt out of the game.

At the time, I feared the Browns would hold those comments against Colt. According to Tony Grossi of, they have.

Grossi reports that “McCoy’s fate as a former starter was sealed” when Brad McCoy sounded off.

It’s not a surprise. Football coaches at every level generally prefer that parents butt out. Given the fairly legendary temper of Browns president Mike Holmgren and the high degree of sensitivity that the Browns exhibited regarding the question of whether Colt McCoy should have re-entered the game, Brad McCoy’s words undoubtedly triggered a stream of four-letter words at Browns headquarters in Berea.