Are Browns giving McCoy a fair chance?

August, 9, 2011
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GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- I'm watching the Cincinnati Bengals practice Monday night and a couple thoughts come to mind.

First, the Bengals have surrounded rookie quarterback Andy Dalton with a first-round receiver (A.J. Green), a first-round tight end (Jermaine Gresham) and a former first-round pick at running back (Cedric Benson). My second thought was, "Are the Cleveland Browns giving their quarterback a fair and equal chance?"

Dalton has weapons -- and plenty of them. Cincinnati's third (Jordan Shipley) and fourth receivers (Andre Caldwell) caught more passes combined (77) last season than Cleveland starters Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie (65).

The Bengals are giving Dalton every chance to succeed. Whether that happens is up to him.

But Cleveland isn't doing the same with Colt McCoy.

Both Ohio teams will run West Coast offenses for the first time. But I believe Cincinnati's offense has the potential to be more explosive. Cleveland's group of receivers is among the weakest in the league.

It's too early to say if Dalton and McCoy are the long-term solutions for their respective teams. But Dalton having more talent around him certainly helps. The Browns and Bengals will meet in the Week 1 "Battle of Ohio."

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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