Holmgren: McCoy isn't afraid of competition

January, 10, 2012
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Browns president Mike Holmgren told KJR Radio in Seattle that he spoke to Colt McCoy about the team's decision to have an open competition at quarterback.

"He’s not afraid of competition," Holmgren said. "He’s been competing his whole life. It’s always been my philosophy when dealing with the players to shoot straight with them. They may not necessarily like the conversation but at least they know you’re shooting straight, you’re honest with them, and then they go on from there and do what they have to do.”

In his first full season as a starter, McCoy ranked 26th in completion percentage (57.2), 25th in passing yards per game (210.2), 32nd in yards per attempt (5.9), 25th in passer rating (74.6) and 25th in QBR (39.8).

“I love Colt McCoy for all the reasons that we all like Colt McCoy," Holmgren said. "He’s a great young man, he’s tough. If there’s one thing I know it’s he's tough, he got banged around a little bit. But this last season I had to learn some things and give him a real shot to play."

The Browns have Seneca Wallace under contract through 2013 and could use one of their two first-round draft picks (Nos. 4 and 22) on a quarterback.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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