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Not again

June 14, 2010 - Mike McLain

When the Browns signed quarterback Jake Delhomme to a two-year contract it was assumed that he'd be the starter.

That assumption remains true, which made it seem strange when coach Eric Mangini didn't come out and say Delhomme will be the starter at a press conference Saturday wrapping up the minicamp. Mangini said it's heading in that direction.

It wouldn't surprise me if Mangini holds off on announcing his decision until late into training camp. That's his style. He somehow thinks he has an advantage over the opposition by keeping thoughts to himself.

We went through an entire training camp last year without hearing officially if Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson would be the starting quarterback. Quinn was the opening day starter as the Browns were routed by the Minnesota Vikings.

So much for having a competitive advantage.

There's no way Mangini should drag out the announcement in camp this year. Everyone from team president Mike Holmgren to the guy that cleans out the facility at night knows Delhomme will be the starter.

It's a useless mind game like this that angers fans and media members about Mangini. He's not fooling anyone, and if anything it makes him look foolish.

Seneca Wallace is a backup quarterback. There's a reason why he started just 14 games in relief of the injured starter in seven seasons with the Seahawks.

Delhomme, depsite a terrible 2009 season with the Panthers, led the team to the Super Bowl in 2003. He's proven that when healthy and surrounded by a solid supporting cast that he can be a winner.

Delhomme is the starter, and I'm sticking to it.

Why can't Mangini say the same thing?



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