- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2011

BEREA, OHIO (AP) - Colt McCoy counts on ice to soothe his aches and pains, the hurt produced by some snarling 280-pound defensive end throwing him to the ground.

However, Cleveland’s young quarterback hasn’t found any cure to the deepest wound.

Losing gnaws at McCoy’s soul.

“I hate it,” he said.

Only four games into his second NFL season, McCoy has already lost as many games as the Browns’ starter as he did in four years at Texas, where he finished his college career as the winningest QB in NCAA history.

The losses keep McCoy awake at night, causing the perfectionist to toss and turn as he rewinds play after play in his mind.

McCoy doesn’t have to worry about an upcoming sleepless Sunday as the Browns (2-2) have a bye this week. But that doesn’t mean he’s taking a vacation. McCoy, who attempted a team record 61 passes in last week’s 31-13 loss to Tennessee, is using the time to analyze his performance.

“Nothing,” he said, “has been easy.”

McCoy’s first four games in the new West Coast offense coach Pat Shurmur installed have been shaky.

He’s completed 58 percent of his passes (100 of 172) for 984 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions _ respectable numbers. At times, McCoy has looked sharp and seasoned. At others, he’s looked lost.

The Browns are devoting this season to developing McCoy, who went 2-6 last season after being thrust into the starting lineup because of injuries.

They knew it would take time for him to learn Shurmur’s system, and because of the NFL lockout, McCoy didn’t have a full offseason to work with his receivers or Cleveland’s coaches.

It’s taking time, and Shurmur knows better than to rush the process.

He’s teaching McCoy and preaching patience.

“He’s a young player and in my mind, almost a rookie,” Shurmur said Wednesday. “So his improvement can be great from practice to practice and game to game.”

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