Colt McCoy earns coach Jim Harbaugh’s trust as the backup QB
"I thought he played very well,” Harbaugh said after the 49ers' 34-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings. “I feel good right now that Colt's the backup."
However, McCoy was hardly perfect against the Vikings. McCoy threw a bad interception in his first series of the night after replacing Colin Kaepernick in the game. But once MCcoy was given the ball on three more offensive possessions, he actually got into a rhythm playing the best he has on the field this summer, producing a field goal as well as a touchdown. He also hit a few high percentage passes and had his moments when escaping heavy pressure a few times.
"I hadn't performed the way I know I can perform,” McCoy said, “maybe I was thinking a little too much."
The uncertainty at the 49ers’ backup spot, behind quarterback Colin Kaepernick, had been an issue all offseason, with McCoy, Scott Tolzein and B.J. Daniels in the mix. Then the 49ers added a fifth quarterback to the mix by signing Seneca Wallace last week. However, McCoy was likely able to reinforce his hold for a roster spot with the 49ers after restructuring his contract, which the team originally inherited from the Browns when they traded for the player in April. According to reports, McCoy agreed to slash his base salary from$1.5 million to the league minimum of $630,000 though the player said restructuring his contract wasn’t a condition by the 49ers to earn a roster spot with the team. Though McCoy will still be a free agent after this season, he’ll still have a chance to chase a Super Bowl ring with the reigning NFC champions.
"This is a tremendous team. It's well coached, it's a great organization from top to bottom," McCoy said. "When I was approached, again this is personal, but I'm glad to be here. That's new to me. I've never done anything like that."