On the same day that Mike Vick gets his first start since 2006, another run-pass quarterbacking threat will get his 11th start since Vick’s career became, um, interrupted.
Seneca Wallace seems to be on track to lead the Browns against the Chiefs on Sunday, especially since quarterback Jack Delhomme hasn’t practiced all week with an ankle injury. As Rosenthal pointed out on Friday, Delhomme hasn’t been ruled out, yet.
It would be Wallace’s 15th career start. He has a 5-9 record in his 14 prior starts.
On Friday, Cleveland offensive coordinator Brian Daboll discussed the situation.
“Seneca has been practicing all week,” Daboll said in comments distributed by the team. “Jake [Delhomme] has been out. He hasn’t been ruled out yet, so if he’s ready to go and Eric [Mangini] and the doctors deem him ready to go, then he will be ready to go. But Seneca has practiced all week. I feel comfortable with where he’s at, both in his approach and understanding the game plan. He’s excited and if he gets the chance to play, I expect him to go out there and do well.”
The key words, in our view, are “game plan.” Daboll likely has designed a game plan aimed at taking advantage of Wallace’s skills, which are different from the less-mobile Delhomme’s, even when he doesn’t have an injured ankle.”
So even though Delhomme hasn’t been downgraded to “out” (he’s currently “doubtful”), it would be a surprise if the Browns designed a game plan premised on Delhomme playing, and then asked Wallace to prepare to execute it.