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'The hay is in the barn'

By Marla Published: October 22, 2010

Colt McCoy said that's what he told the team last Saturday night before his first NFL start at Pittsburgh. The rookie quarterback's speech drew raves from veterans, who praised him as a natural leader. Tight end Evan Moore even liked the fact that McCoy stood while most of the other Browns quarterbacks have remained seated.

McCoy told the media after a 28-10 loss at Heinz Field that he meant that the team had done all its work and preparation for the next day's game. He said he did have to translate for some of the ''city folk.''

It appears McCoy will make his second start Sunday at New Orleans against the defending Super Bowl champions. Perhaps he'll come up with another Texas saying for this address. But ''the hay is in the barn'' may be the keywords for this season, off to a 1-5 start. Fans and media alike are already spouting it, for more than McCoy's meaning.

(Feel free to add more.)

** The Browns' fate this season has already been determined.

** Coach Eric Mangini's future has already been determined.

** Forget scouting a quarterback of the future, McCoy is it.

** Forget about who's going to be the next Browns coach, Jon Gruden's it.

** Don't worry about Eric Wright's problems, Joe Haden's coming to the rescue.

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