The Golden Ticket: Seneca Wallace Should See Cleveland as Opportunity to Shine

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IMay 11, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - OCTOBER 04:  Seneca Wallace #15 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns have been a revolving door of quarterbacks for the past 12 seasons, and hopefully Mike Holmgren can resolve that problem sooner than later.

His dismantling of the quarterback position this offseason may have landed one quarterback into an advantageous position.

As reported by CantonRep.com, head coach Eric Mangini has said there is a possibility that incumbent quarterback Jake Delhomme could be unseated by Holmgren disciple Seneca Wallace.

This is coming from a guy who saw Wallace tear apart the Jets' defense and helped lead to the demise of Mangini with the Jets back in 2008 after a devastating loss that capped a downward spiral season for the Jets at the end of that season and kept them out of the playoffs.

Crazy how both of their paths have now come together with the Browns.

Wallace is a seasoned veteran who knows Holmgren's system very well since he has been a part of it in Seattle when he was drafted in fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

A veteran indeed, but a veteran backup who has seen spotty time as a starter in 14 games throughout his career, only amassing a 5-9 record in those games.

Regardless of his record, Wallace never got a fair chance to be a starter since he played behind Pro Bowler Matt Hasselbeck, who has led a team to the Super Bowl in the past.

You cannot easily overtake a quarterback with that type of experience.

This leads to Wallace competing against Delhomme who is also a former Pro Bowler and has led a team to the Super Bowl in the past, but he has come on hard times.

There is a lot riding on him getting out of his turnover funk that started during the playoffs after the 2008 season.

Still, Wallace is a solid addition to a Browns team that has never had stability at the position since the days of Tim Couch, which were not glorious in their own right.

A very versatile weapon, Wallace will be a threat alongside Josh Cribbs, in what is rumored to be a two-player Wildcat set that will have defenses guessing as to which player will get the ball snapped to him.

Defenses beware.

Mangini's comments are very interesting because initially due to his $7 million salary he will receive in 2010, many Browns fans and experts alike thought that Delhomme was guaranteed to be on the top of the depth chart.

Now, this should make many wonder if this is Wallace's time to shine and compete his way to finally become a starter at the NFL level.

Wallace is turning 30 in training camp in August, and everyone knows that sometimes a quarterback hits his stride when he gets to be that age.

Even though he is penciled in as the No. 2 quarterback right now, things can change between now and when the players hit the field in Berea, OH come August.

Yes, Delhomme is getting paid a good chunk of change in 2010, but Holmgren and Mangini both know that an NFL team needs to have its best players on the field on game days.

Whether or not Wallace or Delhomme starts come the 2010 season, it will be interesting to see if Wallace can take this opportunity to prove all the naysayers wrong about his smaller size (5'11" 200 pounds) and play much bigger on the field.


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