Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy: Player Profile

Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy: Player Profile

The Washington Redskins held a two-game lead in the NFC East as they entered week 11. Then, starting QB Alex Smith suffered a severe broken leg and Colt McCoy was jolted into the starting role. Two weeks later, and the Redskins find themselves tied with the Cowboys for first place. We're taking a look back at McCoy's past and discussing his potential as Washington's starting QB for the remainder of the season. 
Matthew Helmkamp

2005 was a great year for the University of Texas. They won the national championship behind star quarterback Vince Young and had the rising star Colt McCoy redshirted, waiting for his opportunity to shine, and shine he did. 

Over the next four years at Texas, McCoy threw for 13,253 yards, 112 touchdowns and rushed for 1,589 yards and 20 touchdowns. His list of accomplishments at UT is three to four pages long. His NCAA records include highest single season completion percentage, career wins by a starting quarterback, one of three quarterbacks to average 10 wins per season, and touchdown passes by a freshman.

McCoy’s numbers did slide a bit during the 2007 season when he threw 18 interceptions, but he recovered the following season by throwing 34 touchdowns, rushing for another 11, with only 8 interceptions.

For comparisons sake, during Peyton Manning’s best collegiate season, he threw 36 touchdowns with 11 interceptions and 3,819 yards (48 yards less than McCoy’s best season). Also, Peyton’s best QB rating was 147.7 and best completion percentage was 64.2 – McCoy beating him in both categories with 173.75 and 76.7, respectively.


NFL Draft

Colt McCoy was drafted by one of the historically worst teams in the NFL, the Cleveland Browns. McCoy went in the third round of the 2010 draft to the Browns, who had no immediate plans to play the former Texas great. Cleveland already had Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace to take those responsibilities.

However, due to injuries, Colt made his start. Playing in eight games in the 2010 NFL season, Colt’s numbers were unimpressive. 60.81 completion percentage with six touchdowns and nine interceptions. 

McCoy mildly improved during the following season, starting 13 of 16 games and throwing 14 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. The following year, McCoy was replaced by the Browns’ first round draft pick, Brandon Weeden.

After a year with San Francisco, McCoy made his way to the Washington Redskins, initially to back up Kirk Cousins while RGIII recovered from injuries. Eventually McCoy was named the starter and he took over the team. After taking over during halftime in week 7 of 2014, Colt went 11-12 for 128 yards with a 91.67 completion percentage.

One bad game and management decided to swap out McCoy and return to RGIII. Griffin III was never the same, and many felt that Colt McCoy was robbed of his chance at the starting position.


2018 Washington Redskins

Fast forward four years, and McCoy has remained loyal to the Redskins who signed him to a one-year deal in the off season. The recent broken leg suffered by starter Alex Smith has rocketed McCoy into the limelight. Colt spoke about taking over starting responsibilities saying, “Throughout my nine years, I certainly don’t take this for granted.” Colt added, “It’s a blessing to be in this league after so many years and it’s even a bigger blessing to go out and play”.

McCoy’s teammates and coaches think very highly of him. Redskins center said, “Colt is the strongest competitor I think I’ve ever seen, even when he’s out there leading the scout team, it’s like a Super Bowl every single day to him.” Head coach Jay Gruden added, “I think he's got the skill set that fits perfect for what we do”.


Washington vs. Dallas Turkey day game

Good news for Redskins fans, as Colt’s last victory as a starting quarterback was over the Cowboys in 2014. During the game, McCoy went 25-30 obtaining 299 passing yards and added a rushing touchdown.

More good news for the Redskins, as they are 6th in rushing yards allowed and are playing a team who relies heavily on the run. With the addition of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at the safety position, this game could remain relatively low scoring which would be favorable for the rusty McCoy.


Bad news for Redskins

There are some upsides for the Redskins, but mostly all bad. Look at StatRoute’s Compare Table for Dak Prescott and Colt McCoy – it’s obvious just how much better Dax has been:


Colt McCoy will forever live in Longhorn mythology, however that’s where the infamy stops. Flashes of greatness in the NFL are keeping this Thursday game intriguing, but it may be nothing more than that. With the weight of the world on McCoy’s shoulders, let us see how he performs this week and for the rest of the season. At 32, this could be Colt’s last chance.


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