Here's what Browns' rookie quarterback Colt McCoy said after Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in his NFL debut.
(losing Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi) That hurts. Especially Josh, having some Wildcat going to mix in the game. It was helping a little bit early, a little transition to make them substitute defenses, get 'em on and off the field. When he went down, you know you don't have that to lean on ever. You've got to go out there and play.
When Mo went down, that was an ugly hit. On that play he's looking at me, I see him, I throw him the ball, he gets hit, that's tough. They know when they go across the middle in football you're going to get hit. It's hard to do, especially against their defense. I hope and pray those two guys are OK and they'll be back with us next week.
(Were those clean hits on Josh and Mo) I didn't see the one on Josh because I was on the sideline getting the next play. The route we ran with Mo, when Mo comes across the center if he's looking at me he's telling me he's open, so I threw him the ball. I was not expecting somebody to be over there, I don't think he was, either. When I threw him the ball and it looked like he caught it, he got smacked pretty hard. That's the name of the game. I hope Mo's going to be all right. That's part of it.
(how did you play overall) We don't like the result of what the final score says, but not one guy is going to win a game for us, lose a game for us. I wanted to go out there and do the best I could for my teammates. We worked really hard this week. You have to give credit to Pittsburgh and their defense, they drew up some blitzes, they were coming after us. We fought through, we held tough, we converted on some third downs. When we get in their territory, we've got to find a way to keep the drive going, to get some points. We had some opportunities, we let em slip away from us.
(how did you stay so poised) I've learned a lot from Jake, from Seneca, I've watched the last five games. I prepare every week like I'm the starter. That's helped me grow to where I am now. Obviously you don't want to come in here and lose. I go into each game expecting to win, expecting to play good. That's why they drafted me, that's why I'm here.
(what happened on first interception over the middle) We were going to attack. It was tight coverage. I tried to put a ball in there for Ben and it went off his hands and they picked it off. First drive, it was good to get it out of there. I came back, 'It's over.' I came back and told my teammates, great protection. The offensive line did a tremendous job. 'We got one, it's just like a punt, let's get the ball back and keep working.' For the most part it's just shaking that off. It's not easy to do, even now. We did and kept moving.
(did you get more comfortable as game went on) Naturally in a game it's going to be that way. Especially when you're playing somebody like Pittsburgh who does a lot. They move around. You always have to be alert for certain players on their team. One of them is Polamalu, where's he at? Is he down the line or in coverage. If he's in coverage you have to be careful where you're going to throw the ball. Then you've got Harrison and Woodley, they're linebackers who love to rush. We've got our hands full. They're a great football team. We had some opportunities. If we can take advantage of those once we get in their territory I think we would have done a little better today.
(when you down 7-3 at half, you think we can beat these guys) That's a tribute to my teammates and our coaches. We were trying to score at the very end. That's what you've got to do. We're growing, we're a football team, we're together. This locker room believes in each other and we've just got to keep rolling.
(You and Alex Mack were talking) What you saw, we were really working on our snap counts. They were getting a good jump on us, whether I was in the shotgun or underneath the center. We were changing up our snap counts every play. We got them to jump offsides a couple times. We were really working that. Any time you can get a cheap five yards, that's going to help you. Communication-wise, from in and out of the huddle to signalling routes, we didn't have a busted play all day, so that's a positive.
(you heard all week what this going to be like, the atmosphere) It was a great day for football. You couldn't ask for anything better. A little windy. I don't want to make it about me because it was about this team. I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm glad I got to come in here and start against a great division team. I learned a lot from it. We'll keep moving and keep plugging away.¶
(were you ever nervous, even last night) I think you've got to be a little nervous. I think I was more anxious than anything. When you're feeling it and you're ready. When you're anxious, you know you're prepared, you know you're ready to go. When you're nervous, you don't know if you're prepared.
I thought Coach Daboll and the guys really rallied around me this week. I was prepared as much as I could be. I've got to keep working harder and harder each week.
(when you talked to team Saturday night is that normal, did you say anything inspirational) Not really. I told them the hay was in the barn. Just meant we worked really hard all week and we were prepared and we had a good game plan coming in. Obviously the results weren't what we wanted. I just thank God for the opportunity to go out and play and compete. He's given me the abilty to do this and I'm going to do it the best that I can.
(did you translate hay in barn like you did for us) Some of the city folk, I had to.
(original plan was for you to sit, you feel ready be full-time qb) I'm ready to do with this team needs. We'll move on week to week and evaluate Jake and Seneca. Yeah, I feel really good.
(were there any surprises) They're really fast, they're really good. I probably should have thrown another pick when I threw a hitch outside to Robo. The guy lined up in the box and made a play on the ball. That's probably a complete pass in college. The guy made a great play on the ball, it was Woodley. I just felt comfortable in the pocket. I thought the offensive line did a great job of holding up, of protecting, all the different looks they were doing. When I did stand in the pocket, when I was comfortable back there, it was usually a complete pass. We've got some positives to take out of here. Losing is not what we wanted to do, but we're growing, we've got to continue to work. Look at the things we did well, look at the things we messed up on and build on that and go into next week.
(you've got a taste, now want to go back and play more) I feel good. My teammates played great. It's a team. If I can come in and help this team win, that's what I'm going to do.
(how does this atmosphere a Big 12 game) It was pretty loud. Very similar. I'm just a rookie and I've only been a few places, but I thought this was an awesome place to play. Great environment, fans are great, they're screaming and yelling at you. I love playing on the road, I always have.
(do you flash back to something to stay calm) Couple things. I've had great coaches my whole life and they have prepared me to get to this point. Whether that was in high school, my father was my coach, or in college, coach Davis and coach Brown. Playing for four years let's you have a good foundation what to do. I've played in a lot of environments where it's loud and crazy. I think that helped a little bit. Ultimately I'm on a new team, a new situation, got new guys and I'm trying to do my best to lead them. And lead them to wins, not losses.
I've got a solid foundation in the Lord, too. God's given me an opportunity and I'm going to go out there and make the most of it.