EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey – Colt McCoy grew up in Buffalo Gap, a city in West Texas with less than 500 residents 200 miles from Dallas. Despite the distance, young Colt became a parishioner in one of the state’s dominant religions.
“I was a big fan of the Cowboys, a big fan of Troy Aikman,” said McCoy today. “I sort of grew up in their heyday when they won all these Super Bowls. I think as a kid, if you like soccer, you kind of like the Cowboys growing up in Texas. “
Given the deep-rooted interest of his youth, McCoy sees the irony that he is preparing for his seventh consecutive season playing for one of the Cowboys’ fierce NFC East rivals. After six seasons with the Washington Redskins, McCoy signed last week as a free agent with the Giants to replace second-year quarterback Daniel Jones.
“I don’t like Cowboys anymore,” said McCoy. “I played for the Redskins and now I’m moving to the Giants, so my days with the Cowboys are a long time ago. I’m happy. My family, on the other hand, just shakes our heads but we are all good.
“I think they’ve taken root for the Cowboys whenever they weren’t playing with the Redskins. Whenever we played in Dallas, I had to get a lot of tickets for friends and family. I said to them, “If you wear blue and I find it outside, you never come back. Now they can wear blue, but a different blue. “
McCoy has played in the NFL since joining the Cleveland Browns of the University of Texas as a third-round draft pick in 2010. He has thrown for 6,080 yards and 29 touchdown passes in 40 games. career. But after starting the 21 games in which he played his first two seasons, he has only started seven games since, including one last year.
Along the way, McCoy learned exactly what it takes to be a good backup quarterback.
“It takes a lot,” he said. “I think being a replacement is difficult. You put a lot of time, and it can be as much as half throughout the season. I think it’s a mind game in yourself. The most important thing is what I do during the week is everything to help the beginner. To help Daniel prepare to go out and play his best and to feel confident and to be an extra coach in the quarterback room, an extra set of eyes and ears to really really benefit him . he feels he can go out and play to the best of his ability for the team. Second, I take responsibility for being ready to play in the event of a problem. It’s my job and my responsibility.
“I have a way to do it, to approach it. Yes, we would all like to be the goers, no doubt. I have been on both sides in my career. But I feel really good, I feel really strong, and I feel that I bring a lot of value. I know coach (Joe) the judge and coach (Jason) Garrett (offense coordinator) felt the same. “