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49ers Rumors: Will Colt McCoy Become The Next Alex Smith?

By Brian Ethridge - Posted: 04/01/13 07:57PM EDT
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Alex Smith replaced by Colt McCoy (Photo: Reuters / Sarah Conrad)

In case you haven't heard yet, the San Francisco 49ers have replaced backup quarterback Alex Smith. On Monday afternoon, the team agreed to send two draft picks to the Cleveland Browns in return for quarterback Colt McCoy.

In order to get the former third round draft pick, the San Francisco 49ers agreed to give up a fifth and a seventh round draft pick. In addition to Colt McCoy, the Browns will also send their sixth round pick to San Fran.

Colt McCoy started 21 games with the Cleveland Browns in his three seasons with the team.

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Former San Francisco 49ers starter turned backup quarterback Alex Smith has an awful lot in common with Colt McCoy. Neither quarterback is believed to have a lot of talent and both have been the center of heavy criticism from the hometown of the teams that originally drafted them.

Just like Alex Smith, Colt McCoy had a very good college football career. Even though he is not a physical specimen and he doesn't have the greatest arm in the world, he is a proven winner and an intelligent leader. What Alex Smith and Colt McCoy lack in talent, they make up for in preparation and football smarts.

The 26-year-old Colt McCoy will likely be the main backup for Colin Kaepernick. Since Kaepernick likes to run the football, many people doubt that he can stay healthy throughout a full 16-game season. If that's true, Colt McCoy will undoubtedly receive a decent amount of playing time for the 49ers in 2013.

Of course Colt McCoy is not good enough to lead a football team to the Super Bowl all on his own. But if he is surrounded by enough talent, he is more than good enough to win a few games. As a backup for the Super Bowl contending San Francisco 49ers, you couldn't ask for much more.

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