If you’re reading this, something has gone terribly, terribly wrong. But, but, but….you are reading this, so that means you’re still in contention for the chip/ship (I’m a chip guy but understand the ship stance). It’s Week 13, so you one more week to solidify your place in the tournament. Unfortunately, there are two teams on bye this week, so Teddy Bridgewater and Tom Brady owners need another signal caller if they didn’t stash one. There’s also the whole Covid thing going around, which can decimate a depth chart from the drop of one cough, and just good old fashion injuries, which have wreaked havoc on the position the entire year. On Sunday, the Giants lost their signal caller, Daniel Jones, to a severe hamstring injury. Enter another backup quarterback into the pool. Can you spray and pray with Colt McCoy or is the chamber empty and best left on the table?
McCoy is 6′ 1″, 212 pounds, and 34 years old. He played his college ball at the University of Texas and was drafted in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
His metrics per Player Profiler aren’t bad: 4.79 40-yard dash with above average in burst score and throw velocity.
His career stats? Meh at best.
McCoy has played in 40 games in his nine year career and started 28. Over that span, he’s completed 60.7% of his passes and thrown 29 touchdowns with 27 interceptions. The average yard per attempt on his throws has been 6.6. Not quite Checkdown Charlie territory but damn close. David Carr had a career number of 6.4 yards per attempt while Joey Harrington had a 5.8 mark!
A number that jumped out to me was the 8.8% sack percentage. Since he primarily throws short passes, I would’ve assumed that the sack rate would be much lower. For perspective, Peyton Manning had a career-best 3.13% mark while David Carr was at 10.54%. Is that a product of being on bad teams with terrible offensive lines, or is it a processing issue? He did play for the Browns and the Football Team, so not the ideal situations when he was on those teams. As for processing, he did score a low number on the Wonderlic, so perhaps? I’m not sure about the correlation between Wonderlic and processing, but it is a test given and charted. I’ll go with a combination of the two.
Things don’t look great, but the matchup in Week 13 is a good one. The Seahawks are tough against the run but porous in the secondary. They will likely put up points on offense behind Chef Russ, so the Giants won’t be able to turtle up. In addition, the Seahawks are middle of the pack in terms of getting pressure, as Football Outsiders has them ranked 15th in adjusted sack rate.
Most of McCoy’s passes are within 15 yards of the line of scrimmage. According to Sharp Football Stats, the Seahawks allow a 56% success rate to the left, 64% in the middle, and 57% to the right. The league averages are 55%, 58%, and 53% respectively.
McCoy also has a little bit of rushing equity, as he’s rushed 130 times for 497 yards and two touchdowns in his career. He’s no Vick, but also is not a statue that defenders can plan to meet at.
The Seahawks will likely put up points forcing the Giants to throw. The Giants could also find it difficult to Establish the Run if Jason Garrett Jason Garretts. The Seahawks defense is exploitable and the crowd noise won’t be a factor in Seattle.
There are definitely worse options out there. Fill up the Colt, spray and pray, and hope for the best.