May 22, 2013; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colt McCoy (2) throws the ball during organized team activities at the 49ers training complex. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers: How Reliable Is Colt McCoy?


The San Francisco 49ers knew that they had to get an experienced quarterback to backup Colin Kaepernick. The Cleveland Browns decided that it was time to part ways with Colt McCoy. As a result, the two teams agreed to a deal that sent McCoy and the Browns’sixth round pick to the 49ers in exchange for the 49ers’ fifth and seventh round selections.

McCoy is a deceptively athletic quaterback. He ran the spread offense while at University of Texas and won a lot of games. Click the link below to see an example of McCoy’s athleticism.

COLT MCCOY 65 YARD TD RUN

He will be stuck in a battle with Scott Tolzien for the backup position but he will take control of the job. Tolzien is a pocket quarterback with a big arm. He has played well in a few preseason games but I expect Colt McCoy to win the job of being the number two quarterback.

As mentioned above, McCoy is an athletic player but he is nowhere near the athlete that Kepernick is. However, the 49ers could still run some read option plays with him. There would also be a big dropoff as far as the deep ball is concerned because his arm is not as strong as Kaepernick’s when it comes to pushing the ball downfield.

While he was with the Browns, he was their starter and posted a 6-15 record. The Browns play in the tough AFC North Division with physical teams like the Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. That experience could come in handy the 49ers need to turn to him.

McCoy could do a decent job of being an efficient quarterback in an Alex Smith like role. Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman are masters at putting their players in positions to make plays. The team would obviously be much less dynamic offensively but they have shown in the past that they can win by focusing on running the ball and using a high percentage safe passing game. McCoy is more than reliable in this role as the backup quaterback.

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  • loverpoint

    I’m sure that before the 49ers drafted McCoy they talked to some prominent people who knew something about him. Mike Holmgren and Eric Mangini.

    McCoy will be ready to play by Sept. He will be at the same learning curve as Alex Smith was in 2011, maybe even ahead of Smith. He has better throwing mechanics than Smith. This will be McCoys 4 offensive coordinator in 4 years, similar to the run around that Smith experienced in his first 4 years in the NFL.

    Both the 49ers and McCoy need to extend his contract to 2015. Then they can trade him after the 2014 season to some team that needs a QB that has been properly tutored.