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Will he or won't he?

May 2, 2010 - Mike McLain

There seems to be some confusion regarding the chances that rookie quarterback Colt McCoy will log playing time next season.

During an interview on WTAM last weekend, team president Mike Holmgren said that McCoy won't play in 2010. He later told a group of reporters at a press conference that he doesn't expect McCoy to play.

Coach Eric Mangini, when asked if he's on-board with Holmgren concerning McCoy, referenced former coach Ted Marchibroda. "He said never say never and never say always. What Mike said is what we're anticipating happening, but you don't know."

That definitely leaves the door open for McCoy to play. For that to happen, both Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace would have to be out with injuries. If Brett Ratliff makes the roster, it might also require an injury to him for McCoy to get on the field.

I'm not sure it's wise to rule McCoy out for the entire season. Assuming he learns the offense quickly (which shouldn't be a problem) and shows progress in practice, why wouldn't the front office want to see him in a late-season role if the Browns are out of playoff competition?

It's understandable why coaches don't want to damage a quarterback's psyche by playing him when he's not ready, but one or two games late in the season is far different than 16 starts.

Every scouting report on McCoy states that he's physically and mentally tough. He comes across a little bit like former Browns quarterback Brian Sipe, but he's definitely bigger than Sipe.

We all know how the Sipe experiment turned out. He stepped in for Mike Phipps (now there was a quarterback that lacked mental toughness) and became a fan favorite with his accurate but albeit weak right arm.

Part of the playing decision concerning McCoy might boil down to how Mangini perceives his job security late in the season. If the team has a bad record and he thinks a change will be made (Jon Gruden is a phone call away from Holmgren), he could go against organizational logic and play McCoy.

One thing is certain -- the fans will be calling for McCoy if all is lost.








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