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.