Here are some of the thoughts from those behind (or involved in) the surprising move of naming Kelly Holcomb the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns. All we can say is that this is…… from what we've been told:
Here are some of the pros and con's regarding Kelly Holcomb that were discussed during the evaluation process:
- Makes cleaner, quicker, and appropriate reads through the play progressions. He (Holcomb) may know the offense as well as the offensive coordinator and often and correctly changes out of the number-one play option.
- Excellent field general, very well respected on the field and in the locker-room.
- Decisive and aggressive in attacking the weakness of the opposition. Tends to look for and make the big-play with regularity.
- Arm is adequate to make all the throws in the offensive scheme. Has shown the tendency in practice and in game conditions to show a trust in the receivers.
- Does a very good job of looking off the defensive backs in coverage.
- Good in ball-handling and play-action drops. Is confident in his ability and does not rattle under pressure.
- Tends to be over-aggressive at times, challenging nature could be costly with the game on the line when pressing to make plays.
- Tends to float ball more than desired when attempting to ensure that he does not overthrow the receiver.
- Injuries are a concern as Holcomb is not a very physical quarterback in stature.
- Inexperienced as a starting quarterback.
There isn't a question that Kelly Holcomb outperformed Tim Couch during training camp: He did so, but not in a decisive manner. Holcomb was consistently the sharper of the two quarterbacks and one telling tale that played into the ultimate decision was the fact that the Browns offense responded favorably when Holcomb was on the field.
From a faction of players in the locker-room to some members of the organization, Holcomb is viewed as the best option to be the quarterback of the Cleveland Browns.
From what we've been told, the major difference between the two players is………… the team makes plays, more "big plays" and is considered to be more explosive with Holcomb as quarterback. As important, Butch Davis believes that the offense capitalizes on opportunities that present themselves when Holcomb is behind center.
With the questionable state of the Browns defense, the team needs that explosiveness to overcome defensive deficiencies early in the season.
The feeling is that Tim Couch has shown the ability to lead this team - he will be ready if and when the opportunity calls. In the NFL, having two quarterbacks capable of leading the team and winning is a great benefit.