Cleveland Browns Minicamp: What Fans Have Learned

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer IJune 14, 2010

BEREA, OH - MAY 01:  Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns stretches during rookie mini camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on May 1, 2010 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Browns offseason program has come to a conclusion, so it's time to review what we've learned.

Despite not being in pads, the team looked a lot better through the various OTAs and minicamps this year than they did last year, according to just about every media outlet who covers the team.

Looking good in practice is supposed to translate to on-the-field success, but that isn't always true. However, looking bad in practice almost always translates to looking bad on the field, so the Browns have that going for them so far.

Breaking down the action, there are several points worth highlighting.

Team President Mike Holmgren Is Allowing Eric Mangini To Coach The Team

There was a lot of talk when Holmgren was hired that he wouldn't be able to separate his front office duties from his natural instinct to get out on the field and coach.

While it's true he's spent more time being visible on the practice field than most other team presidents, he is obviously deferring to Mangini in the coaching department and letting him do his job.

Mangini is the unquestioned man-in-charge on the practice field and hasn't had to suffer any interference from Holmgren. This is great because it means everyone is doing their job and holding true to their responsibility of making the Brown into an elite team.

Jake Delhomme Is The Starting Quarterback

While Mangini reverted to his 2009 form by stating Delhomme and Seneca Wallace would "compete" for the starting job, there is no doubt Delhomme is the starter. It's his job to lose.

While it can't be called interference, Holmgren definitely let it be known from Day One there would be no quarterback controversy in the Browns camp.

Colt McCoy has done everything asked of him so far, and has looked good in the process, but McCoy is not in the mix for the starting job as things stand today.

The Team Is Ready To Move On Without The Restricted Free Agents

There are five restricted free agents who have not signed their tenders as of Monday morning: Jerome Harrison, Lawrence Vickers, D'Qwell Jackson, Abram Elam, and Matt Roth.

Harrison and Vickers showed up for the mandatory minicamp while the other three did not.

General manager Tom Heckert notified all five guys that their offers would be significantly reduced if they did not sign by the June 15 deadline.

If you look at who and how the Browns drafted, in addition to their free agent pickups, all five guys would be best served to sign their contracts. They will not get a better offer.

Wide Receivers Not Named Braylon Edwards Can Catch Footballs

It is worth pointing out the accuracy factor when it comes to the quarterbacks in camp this year versus Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson last year. But accuracy numbers aside, it's nice to see Browns wide receivers catching ball that are thrown to them, rather than dropping them.

One of the most frustrating aspects of the 2009 season was seeing the ball hit the receiver in the hands, or go right between the numbers, and then watching it hit the ground.

Passes are being caught so far this year, and if they're being caught in practice, it's a good omen for when the games become real.

The offseason now hits the dead zone as the players and coaches go on their final vacations before training camp starts. Hopefully, the only news to trickle out of the Browns headquarters in Berea over the next month will be contract the signing of veterans and rookies alike.


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