The Browns will turn to their rookie quarterback for the remainder of the season.
Head coach Eric Mangini said Thursday that Colt McCoy will start Sunday against the Bengals and remain the team's starter for the rest of the season.
McCoy started five games this season when Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace were sidelined by injuries. In those five games, McCoy had a 2-3 record with wins over the Saints and Patriots. He completed 63.8 percent of his passes and tossed three TDs and three picks.
McCoy sprained his ankle in a Week 11 loss to the Jaguars and has not played since. Delhomme has started the past three games with the Browns going 2-1 in those games. Delhomme has thrown seven interceptions this season.
The way we see it
Mangini was clearly pleased with how McCoy played when thrust into the starting role and the future is going to get started a little earlier in Cleveland. McCoy will face the Bengals on Sunday before Cleveland finishes the season with the Ravens and Steelers. The Browns already have been eliminated from playoff contention, so they might as well get the rookie some more game action considering he is the future of the franchise.