I'm a Colt McCoy hater, proudly, and have been since his glory days as Little Big Man on Campus at UT...I ordered a big delicious steak at Daniel's when I found out the Niners had not only traded for him before he could be cut by the lowly Browns, but that they may even have saved us from signing him ourselves...not often is Jimbo Harbaugh going to accidentally do you a solid while cackling to himself about how he's ingeniously out-maneuvered you and his mortal (but not mutual) arch-enemy PC..he's not stupid and doesn't usually endorse stupid stuff like this when it comes to personnel, but maybe that just means it was Baalke's call in the end. I don't know...probably whichever one of them that thought AJ Jenkins is good is the one who made the final 'go' call on the trade for McCoy. I'm just glad he didn't land here.
Disconcerting as that tidbit about the Hawks' potential interest in McCoy was for me to hear, the outcomes of all these offseason moves is what matters most, and I'm far, far more relieved and happy that I am never going to have to listen to Colt McCoy's dad or brother tell the local media that he should be starting over RW, than I am or ever will be disturbed at the possibility that the Hawks considered bringing his weak sauce arm in to be their QB2.It didn't happen, and that's what matters to me. If you're going to sink to the level of signing Texas QBs, VY is heads and shoulders more talented, whatever else you may think of him. A
But at the same time, I won't deny that he can be a serviceable backup in the right environment and with the right talent around him, and although I use the word "sucks" with gusto specifically in regard to his documented belief that he's a legit starting QB in this league, I'm not so blinded by scorn toward him that I think he holds no value at all...certainly the Cards would've been better off with him than Skelton, Hoyer or stiff #2 last year, who was so terrible I want to call him Max Hall except he wasn't quite that bad. Anyway, when I really started thinking of what Pony McCoy would be like as a permanent backup here or in San Francisco, a slightly intriguing question hit me.
Is Colt McCoy just a younger, whiter Seneca Wallace? A serviceable backup with some mobility, but one who will tread water at best and maybe help you win half the games while the regular starting QB is out? A backup who can run the offense competently and keep from totally embarrassing himself, but who also can't make all the throws he needs to be able to make, and who will most likely fail miserably as soon as the starter goes down for the season? That turned out to be Seneca's ceiling (IMO), and to me it appears McCoy's is the same or very close.
Relatively short, small hands, not a real strong arm. I believe Seneca's arm was a little stronger, but I was just lining up videos of them making similar throws and eyeballing them to compare...not very discriminating when the two are fairly close in arm strength to begin with. But he still looked like he had a noticeably weaker arm. It's kinda telling when you YouTube search for McCoy highlights and 1) 98% of results are from his Texas days and 2) the one labeled "McCoy throws 70 yard TD bomb!!" is a 30-yard rainbow to a wide open Shipley who runs 40 yards untouched into the endzone.
Anyway, enough rambling for now, I'm mainly just interested in others' thoughts about the McCoy/Wallace comp. I'm really, really not wanting to alienate any fellow Hawks fans, so please take this as purely my opinion, and know that I'll respect yours even if you disagree with everything I said and have a Colt McCoy action figure in the bathtub next to your rubby ducky. I write with an emphatic tone, but I'm a more reasonable guy than I may come across...try not to take me too seriously, for I tread regularly in hyperbole.