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Browns' 60-second rant: McCoy's time has come

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Posted Nov. 16, 2010 @ 4:11 p.m. ET
By Mike Wilkening

If only for the sake of continuity, the Browns need to stick with QB Colt McCoy in Week 11 and beyond in 2010.

Of course, there are so many other reasons to keep McCoy in the lineup, most significantly that he's done little to merit being taken out of the lineup. McCoy has led the Browns to two of their three wins, hasn't committed a turnover in his last three starts, had the Browns close to being in position to win their third straight game on Sunday before a fumble by WR Chansi Stuckey short-circuited Cleveland's last, best scoring chance in overtime.

At 3-6, the Browns are still on the fringes of playoff contention, but a victory at Jacksonville Sunday is a must. This is no time to change quarterbacks, no time to risk that Seneca Wallace or Jake Delhomme needs a week to get back into rhythm with the offense. 

Really, the Browns' only logical choice is to keep McCoy where he is. The window to change quarterbacks has closed. Either the Browns gather momentum and make a run at the playoffs or they fall out of contention, in which case getting more and more tape on McCoy at quarterback as planning for 2011 becomes a priority.

Either way, the kid needs to play.

Head coach Eric Mangini said Monday that a decision on who starts at quarterback going forward "could come this week or next week" with Delhomme recovering from an ankle injury and Wallace having recovered sufficiently to be McCoy's backup in Week 10. He also praised McCoy for how he led the Browns to the game-tying TD and indicated that his confidence in McCoy and the offense convinced him to be aggressive with the Browns backed up on their three-yard line in a tie game late in overtime vs. the Jets.

"That drive that Colt put together, I thought, was another part of him building trust," Mangini said. "That's not an easy defense to move the ball in a two-minute situation and go score a touchdown on. There was poise there, some outstanding plays from everybody.

"... That was another part in the trust process, and really that was a big part of my decision to throw the ball when we were backed up (in overtime), because I trusted him and I trusted the group to be able to take that chance. That was why I made the decision that I made at that point."

Mangini's QB decision is clear.

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