Colt McCoy was the fourth quarterback drafted in April, 85th overall by the Browns. After struggling mightily in preseason games, he was the third quarterback on Cleveland's season-opening depth chart, behind Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace. He was the fifth rookie quarterback to play this season, too, following Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, Jimmy Clausen and undrafted Max Hall into game action.
Over the past month, however, McCoy has gotten his chance to start — because Delhomme and Wallace each had high ankle sprains — and is playing so well he might not give the job back.
First consider McCoy's first three career starts. Not only was he faced with outdueling three Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks — the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger, the Saints' Drew Brees and the Patriots' Tom Brady — but more directly, he faced off against three of the NFL's best defensive minds — Dick LeBeau, Gregg Williams and Bill Belichick.