September 29, 2007

Is Colt McCoy Still The Man?

We're not there yet, but we can feel it getting closer. The elephant is in the hallway and will be in the room shortly. Rather than dance around the issue any more, we'll just come out and say it: Colt McCoy may not be best choice at quarterback for the future. Right around the time Vince Young was beating Kansas State in 2003 the coaching staff must have realized that Chance Mock was not the long term answer, and there may come a time when the staff feels the same way about Colt.

Colt can clearly drive the bus, and John Chiles is nowhere near Colt's level right now. One could make a convincing case that 2003 was thrown away in order to benefit 2004 and 2005. Texas clearly has tremendous talent along the OL, linebacker corps and secondary, but for the most part older and less talented vets occupy those positions. A slightly different but somewhat similar situation could be developing for McCoy and Chiles.

Colt was pretty surreal in victories in 2006 over Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Nebraska. He lacks Chris Simms' arm strength but has the charm and intangible assets that makes Simms a target of Micah Hart's ire. He beat Oklahoma in his first Red River Shootout, a feat that neither Simms (duh) nor VY achieved. All of which makes this conversation so difficult.

Either way, the way we see it, a quarterback controversy is on the horizon. Colt is not just keeping the seat warm like Chance Mock did in 2003. Colt McCoy and John Chiles will be at the University of Texas together for the next three seasons. Colt will be the man this week against Oklahoma, but, thinking long term, for how long will that continue to be the case?

It is the new elephant in the room.

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