Posted by Andy Benoit
Browns head coach Eric Mangini said rookie Colt McCoy will get the starting nod under center again this week when the team travels to New Orleans. McCoy is coming off a decent performance against the relentless Steelers D (23/33, 281 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions).
McCoy’s Week 6 showing is not what got him this week’s starting job, however. Veteran quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace are both still sporting walking boots because of high ankle sprains. The Browns have a bye in Week 8, so it makes sense to be patient and let the quarterbacks rest in Week 7.
If McCoy plays well against the complex, blitz-happy Saints defense, Mangini could have a very difficult decision on his hands. The Browns have basically already reached their annual “playing for next season” point, so going back to Delhomme or Wallace might not make much sense. Mangini, however, might be reluctant to develop the rookie because that could cost the team some games, which could ultimately cost the head coach his job. Then again, Browns president Mike Holmgren understands the situation and may be willing to give Mangini the benefit of the doubt.
But one step at a time: the Browns have a game against the Saints this week. And they’re counting on Colt McCoy to lead them.
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