Colt McCoy’s release by the Arizona Cardinals on Monday stunned the football community.
Following reports that Kyler Murray will continue to be on the PUP list, the Cardinals were left without their franchise quarterback for at least the first four games of the season when the decision was made.
When the squad faced the Washington Commanders at FedEx Field in the season opener, McCoy and rookie fifth-round pick Clayton Tune were seen as the favourites. During both training camp and preseason games, McCoy played most of the snaps with the starting lineup.
Despite having only 12 throw attempts in the preseason, McCoy reportedly struggled during the team’s joint practises with the Minnesota Vikings.
Tune will now compete with recently acquired Josh Dobbs for the starting position. Although Cardinals head coach Gannon claimed they wouldn’t identify a starter because they had a “competitive advantage,” it seems they already have a candidate in mind.
“I think we got a plan in place, but I want to see them both play football still. This week we’ve got some work and then the following week we got some work, but I feel good with where we’re at.”
The Cardinals play Washington on Sunday, Sept. 10.
Who is Colt McCoy?
Colt McCoy is an American football quarterback known for his college success and his tenure in the National Football League (NFL). Born on September 5, 1986, in Hobbs, New Mexico, McCoy gained prominence during his college career at the University of Texas at Austin.
At Texas, McCoy set numerous records and earned accolades for his impressive quarterbacking skills. He became one of the most successful college quarterbacks, known for his accuracy, decision-making, and leadership on the field. He was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2008 and led his team to the national championship game in 2009.
In the NFL, McCoy was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played for the Browns from 2010 to 2013 before moving on to other teams like the San Francisco 49ers, Washington Football Team, and the New York Giants. While his professional career was marked by various challenges, including injuries, McCoy’s dedication and work ethic earned him respect within the league.