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Mangini: Delhomme "outstanding," McCoy "still growing"

Browns coach Eric Mangini is thrilled with the preseason performance of his veteran starting quarterback — and disappointed with the preseason performance of his rookie third-string quarterback.

He’s been outstanding the whole preseason,” Mangini said of Delhomme, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “He’s pretty close to 80 percent completion, and the way that he runs the offense and gets us into a good play when we’re not necessarily in the best situation, that’s what I’m looking for out of our quarterback — to be efficient and also be a really good decision-maker.”

At the end of the Browns’ loss to the Lions Saturday night, Mangini could be seen chewing out McCoy on the sideline. Mangini said McCoy made mental errors on each of the last two plays of the game: On the second-to-last play he completed a short pass in bounds even though the Browns were out of timeouts and needed to stop the clock, and then on the last play he threw the ball out of bounds instead of into the end zone.

“He’s still growing,” Mangini said. “On that short pass, you just throw it away and go to the next play. On the last play, whether there are receivers there or not, you throw it up in the end zone and see what happens. You don’t throw it out of bounds. I’m chalking it up to age and inexperience and we’ll get that fixed.”

Based on how McCoy has looked so far, getting that fixed is going to take a long time.

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19 Responses to “Mangini: Delhomme "outstanding," McCoy "still growing"”
  1. WhoPlaysWhere says: Aug 30, 2010 8:01 AM

    Does Eric Mangini not get it? He shouldn’t sweet the little things. Let’s be honest, at that point in most games the Browns participate in, they are normally not in a position where a hail mary to the endzone will even matter. Colt is just getting ready for a career as a Brown!
    Eric should get his QB’s together and have them practice diving at players who are returning interceptions, followed by drills of walking to the locker room with a towel over your head, then ending practice with a “there’s always next year” interview session.

  2. David LeFebvre says: Aug 30, 2010 8:32 AM

    McCoy clearly needs a lot of work before he’s ready to take meaningful snaps. Hopefully, Delhomme’s preseason success isn’t a mirage.

  3. ejtowne says: Aug 30, 2010 8:34 AM

    McCoy will not be ready for a few years. That is the reason he was taken so late in the draft. Good arm, average mechanics, below average field vision. Looks like a slower JP Losman out there.

  4. DingyHarry says: Aug 30, 2010 8:56 AM

    McCoy looked lost Saturday. He reminded me a lot of Brady Quinn with a lot of dump off passes and has not seemed very accurate during the preseason. Still, I think he is going to stick simply because he was a third round pick. Rodgers got time to develop and he turned out pretty decent. I am not sure McCoy will ever be more than a reliable back-up. Lets face it, the Browns are really still lacking quality receivers.
    Delhomme has looked pretty good this preseason. Wallace will be a decent backup.
    I think that Holmgren and his crew have a least brought some stability to the QB position. Of course, a lot of this come against the Rams and Lions.
    It also would not surprise to see both Ratcliffe and Mccoy cut and Kellen Clemens brought on board if he dumped by the Jets. One thing is for certain, The Browns need will still be looking for their quarterback of the future in 2011.

  5. BOO3LEGS says: Aug 30, 2010 8:59 AM

    Based on the play so far from Delhomme, and Wallace I think the Browns have time to see if McCoy can develop into a serviceable QB. If not, there is not a lot of money invested or hype surrounding McCoy, in the event he gets released.

  6. BrownsBacker1982 says: Aug 30, 2010 9:25 AM

    Ha! Remember when people were saying that the Browns might take him in the second round with the 5th or 6th pick. HAHAHAHA! Thank God we didn’t.

  7. hazi59 says: Aug 30, 2010 9:28 AM

    Whoplayswhere, I disagree. Its the small things that make the biggest difference in the transition from the college ranks to the NFL. Colt’s inadequate clock management skills were on display the entire last drive and culminated with a short throw inbounds, and a hail mary out of the back of sideline/end-zone. He needs to find a way to remain calm out there.

  8. jimmySee says: Aug 30, 2010 9:31 AM

    A lot depends on coaching and what a young QB is surrounded with. Matt Flynn in Green Bay was drafted in the 7th round in 2008! He has had a good exhibition season and looks like a reliable replacement if Aaron Rodgers should be hurt in Green Bay. McCoy has talent — he needs time to develop.

  9. browniebuck says: Aug 30, 2010 9:41 AM

    I am by NO means going to say that Colt McCoy should be the starting quarterback…but I will tell Browns fans to be a little more realistic with this kid. By the time that he gets into the game (during the preseason), Joe Thomas, Alex Mack, Eric Steinbach and the boys have long since taken their helmets off for the last time of the day. McCoy is playing with a patchwork offensive line, receivers that will most likely not make the team, and running backs that are fighting for the last spot on the team…cut the kid a little slack. Has he looked good….obviously not…but give the kid some room!

  10. Chiefs2010 says: Aug 30, 2010 9:51 AM

    Like I said on the thread about Tebow, this guy’s a rookie – one that was overrated because of our media – give him a break..
    The future’s not with journeyman QB, Seneca Wallace.. relax and quit demonizing the player.

  11. fleet10 says: Aug 30, 2010 9:55 AM

    WhoPlaysWhere says:
    August 30, 2010 8:01 AM
    Does Eric Mangini not get it? He shouldn’t sweet the little things. Let’s be honest, at that point in most games the Browns participate in, they are normally not in a position where a hail mary to the endzone will even matter. Colt is just getting ready for a career as a Brown!
    Eric should get his QB’s together and have them practice diving at players who are returning interceptions, followed by drills of walking to the locker room with a towel over your head, then ending practice with a “there’s always next year” interview session.
    ___________________________
    Then immediately following this practice session, the QB’s go out to dinner and thank God that they’re not bitter, pissed-off-at-the-world douche bags who sit at home and worry about QB’s on a team they claim to hate.
    Which existence would you choose?
    ……..oh, wait………

  12. Canned Heat says: Aug 30, 2010 9:55 AM

    Not that the Browns will make any serious run for anything…but barring injury, I think Delhomme may have a killer season.
    Call me crazy…

  13. FireJerryJones says: Aug 30, 2010 10:05 AM

    How do you fix ‘age and inexperience’ Eric?
    You can’t make him older… and if you don’t play him… he won’t get experience…
    What a moron.

  14. daffy87 says: Aug 30, 2010 10:12 AM

    Everyone knew Colt McCoy was a project type player. That’s why before training camp ever opened Holmgren said that McCoy wouldn’t play this year at all. He actually looked better in the 3rd game. He should get to see a ton of play time in the 4th game. Hopefully we can see more improvement. A few of his throws he has shown flashes of what he can do. He is just still uncomfortable most the time. And working behind the 3rd string OL doesn’t help him either, he has to throw it quick or get sacked basically.

  15. marktg30 says: Aug 30, 2010 10:30 AM

    I would rather have the ability to drop McCoy than be stuck with Bradford….

  16. Nosredna says: Aug 30, 2010 10:46 AM

    Anyone want to lay odds that if McCoy is cut with the intent of putting him on the practice squad, he will get picked up by another team?

  17. robert ethen says: Aug 30, 2010 11:30 AM

    Good to hear that Colt is still growing. If he adds that early teen growth spurt most kids go through, he may be tall enough to be a professional football player.

  18. PaulCarte says: Aug 30, 2010 12:35 PM

    yo, dont be fooled by this spry cat. delhomme is nothing but a posin’ chump. come week 1 he will be flingin’ da INT’s like fruit salad in a ocean stream. Now Big Ben….that is a jumpin cat who is as real as a bingo match

  19. BAtkins63 says: Aug 31, 2010 12:42 AM

    Nosredna says:
    August 30, 2010 10:46 AM
    Anyone want to lay odds that if McCoy is cut with the intent of putting him on the practice squad, he will get picked up by another team?
    ___________________
    Yeah, I’ll take that bet. Out of the other 31 teams who is stupid and desperate enough to pull that trigger?

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