Browns president Mike Holmgren said Tuesday that head coach Eric Mangini will make the call regarding whether Colt McCoy will be the club's starting quarterback going forward in 2010.
"That's a question that's a coaching decision, and Eric (Mangini) and his staff will make that decision," Holmgren said, answering a question as to whether he wanted to see McCoy start for the rest of the season.
McCoy started the last two games before the Browns' Week Eight bye with Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme out with ankle injuries. Holmgren said the team would discuss whether it's time to give McCoy extended playing time once Wallace or Delhomme returns.
"Until it's clear that either one of those veteran quarterbacks can play physically, Colt will play, Colt has to play," Holmgren said. "As soon as it becomes where you have a choice to make, then you have to sit down, have that conversation and make the choice.
"The obvious thing if you play a young quarterback: Does he give you the best chance to win, or are you doing it just for the future? That's kind of crummy if you're doing it just for the future; you want to win every game. That's the discussion that takes place and will take place."
The way we see it
McCoy has shown potential in two starts. Will he get an extended look? That's the big question surrounding the Browns as they enter the post-bye portion of the schedule. Asked if the decision on the Browns' long-term starting quarterback would be the most important one he would make as president, Holmgren said: "I think it could be. I've gone on the record many times as saying the most important player on your team is the quarterback. I think you have to get to the Super Bowl and become a viable playoff-caliber team year after year after year. You have to have that guy. I think it's a huge decision, I do. I'm stating the obvious, I think."