Let me say this, I like Eric Mangini as a head coach and he has done a remarkable job turning around the Browns.
I’m not talking about wins—they will come.
The changes I’m talking about have to do with the work ethic the team now has and the character on the team. The team now has heart, and it’s 53 hearts beating as one.
At least that’s what I saw at the end of last season. I have no reason to expect anything different in 2010.
Eric Mangini is loyal to his coaches and players—he demands that in return. The Cleveland Browns have become a team the fans can be proud of both on and off the field.
Effort is never a question.
No divas on this team.
When Mike Holmgren took over as president of the Browns, he said the Browns would know who their quarterback was heading into training camp.
Holmgren said he does not like quarterback controversies.
That was great news to Browns fans who have become tired of all the Tim Couch vs Kelly Holcomb, Charlie Frye vs Derek Anderson, and Brady Quinn vs Derek Anderson.
It seems to Browns fans this has gone on forever.
Now in 2010, both Quinn and Anderson are gone. Taking their place are Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace, and rookie Colt McCoy is expected to sit and learn while Brett Ratliff is still on the roster as well.
As mini-camp came to a close on Saturday, Mangini was asked if Delhomme was the starter heading into training camp.
”We're heading in that direction but we’ll go into camp and see what happens," said Mangini in typical fashion.
I couldn’t believe it.
Mangini was quick to point out that Wallace was also looking good. He said he wants to see more of both quarterbacks before naming a starter, claiming there would be enough reps for both.
Each quarterback will be getting equal reps until a starter is decided on.
Haven’t we been down that road before?
Judging by the contract he signed, Delhomme is the starter.
Announce it to everyone.
If during the preseason, Delhomme proves he is not the best QB, then you can go to Wallace.
At least you would be avoiding another quarterback competition that would no doubt linger on much too long.
That’s the last thing this team needs.
Competition is great but this team needs to know who their leader is.