After undergoing a series of tests to his neck, Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy has checked out and is a go to make the start against the New York Giants for this upcoming Sunday matinee in the Meadowlands. McCoy is the latest signal-caller to start for Washington in their merry-go-round carousal at quarterback.
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Then-incumbent starter Robert Griffin III missed significant time this season due to dislocating his ankle during a 41-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars back in week two.
Kirk Cousins has seen the majority of playing time at quarterback but was relieved by McCoy during midway through week seven’s 19-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans. The job has been McCoy’s ever since.
McCoy is most famous during his University of Texas days when he was a four-year starter, following the Vince Young-era, making a total 53 starts and winning the Maxwell Award during his senior season in 2009. His consistency at the position allowed him to win 45 of his games.
Washington head coach Jay Gruden has taking a liking to McCoy because he simply is the best decision-maker that the team has at the position during this moment in time. McCoy is completing roughly 72-percent of his passes this season.
"“I think his decision making right now is probably the best right now, I’d say, because he’s been in the NFL as a quarterback the longest with his experience factor,” said Gruden. “I think his ability to see coverage, get the ball out, I think probably sets him ahead of the other guys by just a little bit. So that’s really the No. 1 reason. He still has the mobility, obviously. He’s a tough guy. He’s a good leader, and players respond to him. But, I think the fact that he’s played—a veteran-type guy, presence—gives him the edge.”(Rich Tandler, CSNWASHINGTON.com)"
Gruden, while with the Cincinnati Bengals as an offensive coordinator, was able to build a good rapport with quarterback Andy Dalton – a type of quarterback who relies on making the pocket his safe haven when making his decisions. McCoy is also that type of quarterback and he makes his best decisions under those circumstances.
He has the most experience as an NFL quarterback despite making less career starts in the league than Griffin. Gruden needs to do what is best for finding stability at the position and for the offense, even if it is not the most exciting decision.
While Griffin is more likely to create a thrilling highlight reel given his dynamic abilities, he has not been able to stay healthy and his style of play is dangerous to his own self along with to the franchise in regards to their hopes of finding consistency.
Both Jay and Jon Gruden are known for their West Coast offenses. Jay usually sets his up with establishing a running game which leads one to believe that the Giants can expect a lot of running back Alfred Morris to be in the mix. McCoy will only be asked to drop back quickly and precisely at mostly three steps to get rid of the ball.
McCoy is averaging 8.4 yards-per-completion which is surprising given what I just stated since usually those averages embellish a lot of downfield competitions. However, McCoy has played for three-and-a-half games so I am sure things will eventually even out.
Stopping Morris will go hand-in-hand with stopping McCoy. Making the Redskins one- dimensional will put pressure on McCoy by itself. This is key in the Giants leaving this game victorious!