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Namath sees McCoy as 'top notch' QB of future

By Marla Published: October 15, 2010

Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath discusses Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy and the enormity of the situation he faces making his first NFL start Sunday at Pittsburgh on his weekly radio show on Sirius.

''I tell you what, there’s another rookie quarterback in the league that’s playing named Bradford, but McCoy has the kind of mind, I believe, that suits him for this game,'' Namath said on ''The Broadway Blitz with Joe Namath.''  ''I wouldn’t know another quarterback, a young quarterback like that, that could handle this kind of game.  Knowing McCoy’s background, I’ve just got a good feeling that young man’s ready.''

Namath said he's been watching McCoy at the University of Texas for the last three or four years and seen him play in a lot of big games.

"I’m just going with my trained eyes and knowing something about Mack Brown and Texas football,'' Namath said. ''I don’t think that he is going to get caught up in the enormity of the game that he is confronted with this week.  One way he could look at it though, say, 'Hey, man, after playing the Steelers in my first pro game everything else is going to seem easy.'''

”Namath made it clear that he was not necessarily picking the Browns to win.

"I think he’ll be able to handle his part of the job,'' Namath said. "I don’t know that the Cleveland Browns offensive line will be able to handle their part of the job, or the receivers holding on to the ball.  I expect McCoy to make good decisions and throw the ball accurately, given the time. …

"I didn’t say they were going to win the game now.  I’m not saying he’s not going to get knocked down and all that. I’m saying that Colt McCoy is not going to make a lot of bad decisions.  He’s gonna know where to go with the football and he’s going to be an accurate passer. I do like him as a future top-notch quarterback in the NFL.''

Hall of Famer Joe Namath hosts “The Broadway Blitz” every Friday (2-3 pm ET) with Adam Schein on SIRIUS NFL Radio

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