McCoy on going to ClevelandApril 26th, 2010 at 2:59 pm by Leila Rahimi under Sports
After being drafted by Cleveland with the 85th pick in the draft, we caught up with Colt McCoy on the big move. The QB’s reaction was obvious on TV– he was happy to have his name called and said as much to us after the results.
“I’m really excited,” he said to us. “It’s been a long couple of days, honestly, but to have my name called, there’s not a better feeling and to have your phone ring and coach [Mike] Holmgren and coach [Eric] Mangini to be on the line saying ‘Hey, sometimes good things come to those who wait, has it been a long day?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, it’s been a long day.’ But I understand that the needs of different teams, from all that I’ve heard, I was at the top of the board for everybody, but most teams just didn’t need a quarterback and that was a tough process. I understand that teams are going to go after guys that they need to help their team and I knew that if I was still on there at the end of that, I never thought that would happen that way, but I really felt confident in that.”
McCoy also talked about who Holmgren’s worked with: Joe Montana was drafted in the third round. Holmgren also coached Brett Favre with the Packers. That’s quite a list with just those two, who many consider to be two of the best in the past 20 years. I’d add Aikman, Marino and Elway, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
“I think it’s a great fit. Coach Holmgren has all his staff in line, coach Mangini is the head coach and from meeting with all the coaches, it’s all about winning and that’s what it’s like around here and that’s what I want to be a part of,” McCoy said. ”I feel really confident going in there. I’m going to study with Jake [Delhomme] and Seneca [Wallace], get to know those guys and I just got off the phone with coach [Brian] Daboll, the offensive coordinator, and he just said, ‘Come in here and do what you always do.’ He said, ‘What do I expect from you? I expect you to come in here and do your best.’ That’s what I’m going to do, I’m going to work my tail off. I can’t wait for the opportunity to get up there and learn and study and be there for the team.”
First-Round honors went to Earl Thomas who heads to Seattle. Jordan Shipley was picked by Cincinnati, where we hear he might be competing with former Texas teammate Quan Cosby in the return department. Roddrick Muckelroy also went on Saturday to Cincinnati.