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Does he have the arm? This year we'll start to find out.
Injuries interrupted any serious evaluation of this position.
Jake Delhomme looked good in preseason and for about the first 28 minutes of the Tampa Bay game. After that, an ankle sprain effectively ended his season and, most likely, his career.
Seneca Wallace was thrust into duty and just when it seemed he was becoming comfortable, he also suffered a high ankle sprain that ended his season.
Enter Colt McCoy. Pressed into service, McCoy exceeded most people's expectations before suffering—you got it—a high ankle sprain.
After that, no more evaluation was possible. We were just trying to find a healthy body to play out the season.
Three words that Browns fans do not want to hear this year are high ankle sprain. Colt McCoy has been named the starter and will be given every opportunity to run Pat Shurmur's version of the West Coast offense. This is a positive step. For too many years the Browns have failed to name a clear-cut starter for any number of reasons. The results speak for themselves.
The Browns need to see if McCoy can answer the questions that remain surrounding his arm strength. With five of our last six games being played in either Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati or Cleveland, we should find out the answer.
If Mike Holmgren has said that he would be interested in drafting a quarterback in the later rounds, we're probably drafting a quarterback in the later rounds. And I think there's nothing more to it than that. Last year proved you can never have too many. But drafting one of the top names is sure to invite a controversy that, at this point, is unwarranted.