McCoy to start again?
UPDATE: Browns head coach Eric Mangini confirmed in his Monday press conference that Colt McCoy could be the starting QB for the team in Week 7, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Injuries to Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace forced the hand of the Cleveland Browns, and McCoy was the team’s starting QB on Sunday. While some expected the worst, McCoy performed admirably for a first-year gunslinger facing one of the league’s most menacing defenses, finishing 25-for-33 for 281 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Following the game, Mangini wasn’t prepared to commit to anyone as starting QB for the Browns’ next game, against the New Orleans Saints. “We’ll see what our quarterback situation is next week before I can even say that,” Mangini said, according to Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Ridenour points out that it’d be smart for the team to see whether they truly have a future franchise QB in McCoy over the next stretch of games. At 1-5, they have little to gain by starting 35-year-old Delhomme or 30-year-old Wallace, both of whom were seen as transitional QBs at best. Moreover, given that McCoy was able to emerge upright after playing the Steelers, other defenses may seem like a cakewalk. ESPN AFC North blogger James Walker thinks it’s not a bad idea, especially in the short term: