Quarterback Colt McCoy redshirted his true freshman year at Texas while Vince Young guided the Longhorns to a national championship, so he knows something about waiting.
A day after the Browns selected McCoy in the third round with the 85th pick team president Mike Holmgren said McCoy won't play in 2010.
Of course, that could change.
Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace could be injured or flop colossally and McCoy could tear up the preseason, but for now the plan is for McCoy to be Delhomme's understudy.
"You ask anybody in this locker room, they want to be suited up and playing," McCoy said during the Browns' minicamp. "My job right now is to come in and learn and do my best.
"I have a long way to go. So does every rookie here. But the great thing is we have great teammates and great coaches to help us get to the top. I'm going to use that as a resource, study my playbook and get with Jake and Seneca and go over things with Coach (offensive coordinator Brian) Daboll.
"My job right now is to be the leader of my (draft) class, commit myself to learning the playbook and what happens, happens."
The Browns didn't waste any time getting the lessons going. McCoy said the Browns' playbook was on his doorstep the day after he was drafted.
Three years ago Quinn was the hotshot rookie. The circumstances were not drastically different; they were 4-12 in 2006. They were 5-11 in 2009. Charlie Frye threw 10 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions in 2006. Last season Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn combined for 11 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions.
There are some differences, too; The Browns traded a second-round pick in 2007 and their first-round pick in 2008 to move back into the first round for Quinn in 2007. That alone made Quinn the Anointed One.
Expectations are not lower for McCoy, but Holmgren's declaration he won't play this season takes pressure off him. (EDITOR'S NOTE: Holmgren backtracked from this somewhat in a recent interview.
McCoy threw tight spirals on target for the most part during the portion of practice open to the media in minicamp. Neither he nor Graham Harrell, the other quarterback in camp, was asked to throw deep.
"I thought he did a nice job," said coach Eric Mangini, who stood alongside Holmgren during portions of practice. "All these guys are swimming. Quarterbacks have to learn the whole offense and run the offense. All that being considered, he did well. He picks up the information fairly quickly."
McCoy comes across as a genuine person. He talked about working on his grandfather's farm and getting up early to feed the cows, haul hay and put up fences in the hot Texas sun. Mangini joked after the draft about how during a visit to McCoy early in April he learned more about farming and cows than he needed to know.
"Joking around with coach Mangini, I told him we rode horses to school and tied them up in front of the parking lot," McCoy said with a grin.
McCoy became a four-year starter at Texas. Replacing Young made him grow as a leader quickly. He threw 29 touchdown passes and seven interceptions as a redshirt freshman. He finished with 112 touchdown passes and 45 interceptions.
"I'm going to work my tail off to be smart, be ready to play and do what's best for the team," McCoy said. "These are my coaches. I'm going to do exactly what they say and be here for the team.
"This is a perfect fit. The style offense we run, the leadership in this organization with coach Mangini and his staff and Coach Holmgren overseeing it, I couldn't see myself in a better situation."
McCoy said he and Delhomme have exchanged text messages but the pair hasn't met yet.
--Coach Eric Mangini is enthused about the receivers currently on the roster, but he says the Browns might add a veteran to the mix, presumably before training camp.
"We may at some point add somebody else," Mangini said. "We haven't ruled that out at all. But I'm excited about the guys we have coming back. Seeing the young guys in the second year, you'd like to think they're going to jump. Typically guys do from their first to their second year. There's a much higher comfort level. They've all been in the offseason program. They're getting together on their own throwing and catching."
Laveranues Coles, a 10-year veteran who played with the Bengals last year (and under Mangini with the Jets) and Kevin Curtis, a seven-year veteran who was with the Eagles the last three seasons, are possibilities.
--Rookie running back Montario Hardesty is wearing 31, the number worn by Jamal Lewis. Like Hardesty, Lewis went to Tennessee.
"I can't really compare myself to Jamal." Hardesty said. "I've seen Jamal play before. Jamal is a great running back. I'll be happy to live up to half of the things that he has done in the league."
--Brian Daboll is still the offensive coordinator and Rob Ryan the defensive coordinator, but each has gone through an extreme makeover in the offseason. Daboll is clean-shaven and about 30 pounds lighter. Ryan trimmed his beard and had his scraggly hair trimmed. Now, except for the beard, he looks exactly like his twin brother Rex, head coach of the Jets. They did not look like twins last year because Rob looked more like a mountain hunting guide who hadn't been to town for a haircut in months.
--Linebacker Eric Barton is progressing from neck surgery following an injury in Chicago on Nov. 1 last season, Mangini said. However, Mangini does not expect Barton to participate in the OTAs (spring practice) starting later this month.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't necessarily look at it as a comeback. I look at it as last year being more of the exception to what has been a very good and consistent career. We have those blips, all of us." -- Browns coach Eric Mangini on Jake Delhomme rebounding from throwing eight touchdown passes and 18 interceptions last year.
-- The Browns added another tight end to the roster when they signed Alex Smith, a five-year veteran who caught 129 passes during four seasons with Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers drafted Smith out of Stanford in the third round in 2005.
Smith played 16 games with the Eagles last year after spending most of the offseason with the Patriots. The Buccaneers traded Smith to New England in April last year for a fifth-round draft choice in 2010 after acquiring Kellen Winslow in a trade with the Browns. The Patriots cut him last Sept. 5.
Smith started five games with Philadelphia and caught three passes for 25 yards. For his career Smith has 132 catches for 1,277 yards and 11 touchdowns. Earlier in the offseason the Browns signed Ben Watson, a tight end from the Patriots. Robert Royal, Even Moore and Greg Estandia are also tight ends on the roster.