Cleveland Browns: Jake Delhomme Unlikely For Week 4, Starting Job In Jeopardy?

Brian MurtaughAnalyst ISeptember 29, 2010

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback Jake Delhomme #17 of the Cleveland Browns throws a pass as defensive tackle Brian Price #92 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers closes in during the game at Raymond James Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Week 4 of the NFL season is approaching fast and the Cleveland Browns are definitely not in the position they wanted to be.

Most experts around the NFL predicted the Browns to be 2-1 at this point in the young season and sitting somewhere near the middle of the AFC North.

Sadly, expectations are failing to be met yet again for the Browns as an 0-3 record has them bottom feeding in the division and all signs are pointing south.

Starting quarterback, Jake Delhomme, will reportedly miss another game this week with his ankle injury that has sidelined him since week 1.

The Browns quickly signed Jake Delhomme after what most would consider a terrible season with Carolina and have been very persistent in labeling him as the teams starting quarterback.

Before Delhomme went down with his ankle injury, the Browns got an unfortunate glimpse of Jake reverting back to his old ways of making poor decisions and inaccurate throws. Delhomme will eventually return from injury but should the Browns plug him back into the starting role?

In Delhomme's defense, the Browns were leading in Tampa Bay before his injury occurred. But, after missing three weeks of practice and an unsure timetable for his return, the Browns have no choice but to move forward.

Seneca Wallace has impressed over the last two weeks and has shown that he can be an effective quarterback in the NFL.


He may not make the best throws when the game is on the line but he has shown great mobility and the ability to make smart decisions with the football.

It is also worthy to note that Wallace had his success with an ailing offense that was hindered by injury.

It is unrealistic to think that the Browns would pluck Delhomme out of his starting job after only playing one game with the team. With that being said, how much do the Browns really have invested in Delhomme?

The Browns brought Delhomme in this season to try to gain some veteran leadership for the offense and to to mentor a young quarterback that they would more than likely acquire in the draft.

Wallace has proven that he is very capable of doing both of these tasks and is considered by many to be an even better mentor given his ability to scramble around the pocket and use his legs, much like the Browns' draft pick, Colt McCoy.

McCoy is still thought to be the man of the future for the Cleveland Browns organization despite many rumors of his unstable roster status with the team. Cleveland is giving McCoy time to learn the system and get a feel for the game before sending him out to call the shots on gameday.

While I agree with the Browns' idea to shelter McCoy from the storm for the first season or two, it is unnecessary to have him as a third string QB. McCoy is the NCAA record holder for most career wins. That stat right there proves that he has the ability to play football at a high level and deserves his shot.

With Wallace now calling all the shots for at least another week or two, Delhomme may have a few reasons to wonder what his future will be with the franchise.

If the Browns continue to struggle and Delhomme's recovery is not up to par, Wallace and McCoy may very well be the present rather than the future for Cleveland.