Rookie McCoy off to fast start

Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy hasn’t reached the status of his childhood idols, but in consecutive games, he’s beaten Drew Brees and Tom Brady.

After winning Oct. 24 at New Orleans against Brees and the defending Super Bowl champion Saints, McCoy and the Cleveland Browns defeated Brady and the New England Patriots, 38-14, Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

“I don’t know if I can put that into words,” said McCoy, who went 14-of-19 for 174 yards against New England in his first career home start. He didn’t throw a touchdown, but McCoy wasn’t intercepted or sacked and finished the game with a 101.6 passer rating.

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“I look up to those guys so much and I respect them so much.”

As he continued, McCoy made a self-explanatory statement about Brady that made the media laugh.

“I knew in this game that, you know, we’re playing against stinkin’ Tom Brady,” McCoy said. “They can score points whenever. I know our defense was playing great, but in my mind, it was like, OK let’s just keep playing. Don’t get too hyped. Let’s keep playing. They got a stellar quarterback over there. He’s real No. 12 right now.

“Just got to keep playing and keep understanding what your job is and that’s what I’ll continue to do.”