The Cleveland Browns had a young and competent quarterback take snaps in 2010. Colt McCoy started eight games and was 135-for-222 passing (60.8 percent complete) for 1,576 yards with six touchdowns and nine interceptions. It wasn't flashy, but compared to the stats produced by Browns quarterbacks in recent seasons it was a step forward.
McCoy and the more-than-capable Seneca Wallace as the back up have established themselves as the Browns' foundation at quarterback. Things have not looked this promising for the Browns quarterbacking corps in a long, long time.
Is McCoy the long-term solution? That question does not have to be answered now.
What the McCoy-Wallace duo means for the Browns is there is no need to look to draft a quarterback at No. 6. A foundation is in place for success whenever the aforementioned long-term question is answered.
The Browns do not have to look to improve the quarterback position at this time and instead focus on other areas of need. Football is the ultimate team sport and in order for a quarterback to succeed, he needs talent at other positions to win games.
In recent years, rookie quarterbacks have entered the NFL and played well. Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger and Mark Sanchez all had good rookie campaigns. Heck, even a guy like Matt Cassel in New England and won a lot of games. Why? The teams that drafted them had stability in place in other areas of the team before giving the keys to the offense to a rookie or inexperienced quarterback.
Those teams did not rely on those rookies to win games just like the Browns didn't rely on McCoy to beat the Saints or Patriots last season.
Players like David Carr, Jimmy Clausen, Tim Couch, Joey Harrington and Alex Smith were interested right away into the line up on a team that lacked talent across the board. The result? They are all considered draft busts.
For now, the Browns do not need to draft a quarterback. Instead, the team needs to focus on getting playmakers on offense and defense. In the meantime, if the quarterback play does not improve, in a season or two the Browns can reassess their quarterback play and the next "quarterback of the future" to take a snap in orange and brown will be surrounded by talented players.