Colt McCoy was benched early in the fourth quarter of the San Francisco 49ers' four-touchdown beatdown of the Arizona Cardinals Monday night. The sight of Trace McSorley strapping his helmet on must have been a shocking one for ESPN's Monday Night Countdown crew, which had spent a lengthy pregame segment blasting injured Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray. By the end of the segment, you'd be forgiven for thinking McCoy must be somewhere between 2018 Nick Foles and Jesus Christ.
McCoy is a 36-year-old journeyman who has thrown for 14 touchdowns in the past 11 years. He isn't on the Ryan Fitzpatrick level of "guy you're intrigued to see come off the bench"; he's a reliable backup who won't make atrocious mistakes. He isn't even close to as good as Jimmy Garoppolo. That's exactly what played out Monday night. He hit on 70% of his passes but averaged only 6 yards per attempt and was picked off once against zero touchdowns.