Browns head coach Eric Mangini indicated Thursday that rookie QB Colt McCoy has strenghtened his chances to be Cleveland's starter Sunday at Pittsburgh.
Mangini, who said he was "leaning" toward starting McCoy Sunday if injured QBs Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace couldn't play, said Thursday that "the lean is more pronounced today," according to the team.
"I was really happy with what he did yesterday," Mangini said.
Mangini said that McCoy got most of the work with the first-team offense on Wednesday, and Mangini liked what he saw.
"I thought for his first opportunity to be in that position, he operated the offense well both mechanically in terms of the reads and the things that he has to do in that role," Mangini said.
Wallace, who like Delhomme has an ankle injury, expressed confidence that McCoy could handle starting vs. Pittsburgh.
"It's going to be tough, but with his type of character and the kind of person he's been and coming from an organization in Texas where they're always in the limelight, he'll be able to deal with it," Wallace said, according to the team.
The way we see it
With Wallace and Delhomme again missing practice Thursday, the prospect of McCoy's first start grows stronger. That he practiced well Wednesday is something of a positive sign as the Browns prepare to take on first-place Pittsburgh, which has an outstanding defense.