BEREA, Ohio — Eric Mangini’s answer to the first question was pretty much expected.
Are you ready to name Colt McCoy the starter for the rest of the season?
“I was really happy with (Colt) Sunday,” Mangini said. “We gave him more to do. We’ll see where Jake (Delhomme) and Seneca (Wallace) are and then have that discussion with Brian (Daboll) and the coaches. We’ll talk with Mike (Holmgren), as well.”
But what’s there to discuss?
“I like discussions and I think it’s important to talk about different ideas,” he said. “At the end of the day, you want to make the best decisions, because it affects so many different people.”
Mangini said he hasn’t made his decision yet. He said that Wallace should be back at practice Wednesday and he thinks Delhomme will be back Thursday or Friday.
“I’m not really at one point or another point,” he said. “We’ll talk about it and see where we are. Colt really had a nice game. He had good checks and made good adjustments.”
McCoy has done a good job of not turning the ball over.
“The turnovers have been big,” he said. “The other thing we talked about is penalties. We’ve had eight in the last 10 quarters.”
Mangini said McCoy has shown enough arm strength to be successful.
“In terms of arm strength, he really over threw the receiver and the receiver had to go break it up,” he said. “He came from the spread offense (in college) and I didn’t even mention when you go from not being under center to under center, that’s another thing you have to get used to.”
McCoy also showed the ability to throw on the run and be accurate.
“It’s really important when you can do that the ability to throw on the run and the ability to make decisions when you’re on the run,” Mangini said. “As the play extends, it makes it tougher for the defender to stay with their man.
“Accuracy is huge and you always want it,” he said. “The ability to hit the guys that are open and make it catchable. Also, the catch and run part throwing it where it can be caught and (the receiver) can run with it.”
Buying In?: Mangini was asked if he feels the Browns have made it over the hump with their big wins over the Saints and Patriots.
“This is a lot more fun today than it was before,” he said. “I feel best for the coaching staff because they work so hard and you want to reward the fans for their loyalty.
“To me, any transition I’ve been through you have a certain level of expectations,” he said. “Rarely can you have growth without changing things. I believe in what we do and I believe in good people, good work ethic and working together and when you have that you will see progress. It might not be flashy.”
Mangini said there’s one thing that will show the Browns are on their way up.
“Part of what we have to do, is win consistently and that’s part of this process,” he said. “I don’t think you can skip any of the stages, but it’s nice to get two big wins.”
The Beast: Peyton Hillis continues to be the bell cow for the Browns. He had a career best 29 carries for 184 yards and two touchdowns against New England. He has 644 yards on 133 carries for a 4.8 avg. He has seven touchdowns rushing and one touchdown receiving. He has 30 receptions for 229 yards (7.6 avg.), which is second on the team. His seven rushing touchdowns are the most for the Browns since Jamal Lewis had nine in 2007.
“He’s been great,” Mangini said. “He runs the ball like a beast and he catches the ball, that’s one part of it.
“But he’s a great teammate,” he said. “He’s humble. If he gets the ball, he’s fine, but if he’s blocking, he’s fine with that.”
Colt in Good Company: McCoy is second in Browns history with two wins as a rookie quarterback. Bernie Kosar started 10 times in his rookie season and had four wins. Others who had two wins in their rookie years as starters were: Tim Couch (1999 in 15 games), Charlie Frye (2005 in five games) and Milt Plum (1953 in three games). Brian Sipe had one win in his rookie season (1974) in four starts.
Good Bye: Eric Mangini is 4-1 after bye games and has a record of 21-15 (.583) after the bye as a head coach.