Browns QB Seneca Wallace said Wednesday that the team should settle on one starting quarterback when the team's quarterbacks are healthy, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported.
"It comes down to Coach's decision," said Wallace, who also said he believed he had made a case to be the starter, according to The Plain Dealer. "I can't stand here and say this guy's gonna be the starter. I don't know. This whole thing, the last couple years around here, it seems like it's been quarterback by committee, so who knows? We have to get a guy in there who runs the offense the best and continue to score points, and we'll win the games."
Wallace, 30, has missed the past two games with a high ankle sprain. He has completed 63-of-100 passes for 693 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions in five games (four starts) this season.
With Wallace out, rookie Colt McCoy has started the past two games and has completed 32-of-49 passes for 355 yards with one TD and two interceptions.
According to The Plain Dealer, Wallace replied in the affirmative whether he thought he had given himself a chance to keep the job with his play in place of Jake Delhomme, who suffered a high ankle sprain in Week One and reinjured the ankle relieving the injured Wallace in Week Five.
"Yeah, I feel that way," said Wallace, according to The Plain Dealer. "At the end of the day, it comes down to the coaches. Whoever's doing the job the best, moving the team, scoring points, making the right decisions, then that should be the guy."
On Monday, head coach Eric Mangini said of his decision as to whom would be starting quarterback, "the way I would base it (on) is next opponent." He also outlined his thinking of the decision-making process as to how to go forward at the position:
"With the decision as we get Seneca (Wallace) back, and Jake (Delhomme) back, which we may have a chance for one or both against New England, then I'll just sit down and think about it. I'll talk to (offensive coordinator) Brian (Daboll), I'll talk to (president) Mike (Holmgren), I'll definitely get his input. He's been through these decisions quite a few times. It's got to get to the point where it really is a decision as opposed to where we're at now, where we just got a couple games under our belts."
The Browns, who have a bye week, host the Patriots on Nov. 7.
The way we see it
Mangini is likely to have a tough decision on his hands once the quarterbacks are healthy. Each of the quarterbacks has staked a claim to the job through his play. Delhomme was named the starter in training camp and played well in the preseason before suffering the injury in Week One; clearly, Mangini thought he was the best option entering the season. Wallace, who said he has discarded a protective boot he has worn on the ankle and believes he can practice on Wednesday, according to The Plain Dealer, played well in Delhomme's absence. And McCoy, who wasn't expected to play this season, has been a revelation.