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    BEREA, Ohio -- Colt McCoy, front and center. And don't trip.

    The Cleveland Browns need you now.

    With quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace both nursing severe ankle injuries, Browns coach Eric Mangini said Monday it's possible that McCoy, a rookie with no NFL playing experience, will make his regular-season debut Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    At this point, the Browns have few other options.

    "It's only the Steelers, right?" Mangini said with a perfect touch of sarcasm. "Coming off a bye week? They don't blitz much."

    Once again, the Browns' quarterback carousel is in overdrive. When isn't it?

    The Browns have used 15 different starters at quarterback since 1999. For comparison's sake, the Indianapolis Colts have used one.

    Mangini may have no other choice but to play McCoy after Wallace sustained what appeared to be a severe ankle injury in Sunday's loss to Atlanta and Delhomme came in and appeared to re-injure the badly sprained right ankle that sidelined him for three games.

    Following the game, Delhomme walked with a noticeable limp. Wallace was much worse. He could barely make it to the shower, and family members who had been waiting in the corridor outside Cleveland's locker room to see him, were brought to his cubicle.

    Mangini, who guards injuries like a leashed pit bull, would not provide an update on either player. He refused to say if Delhomme had suffered a setback. He said the team was awaiting test results on both QBs and that he would have a more definitive answer on the team's direction by practice on Wednesday.

    "Believe me, there's a lot that can happen between now and Wednesday with Jake, with Seneca, with roster moves," Mangini said. "There's a a lot of moving parts here, so it's hard for me to give you anything that definitive because there's nothing definitive to give right now."

    There was moments later.

    Shortly after Mangini met with the media, the agent for quarterback Brett Ratliff confirmed the Browns will re-sign his client off New England's practice squad.

    Agent Joe Palumbo said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that Cleveland is bringing back Ratliff, who spent last season with the Browns after coming over in the 2009 draft-day trade with the New York Jets. Ratliff was Cleveland's No. 3 quarterback for 14 games and the backup for two.

    The Browns did not announce any moves, and a spokesman said the team "would not have anything today."

    Although Ratliff is on the way, Mangini seems poised to give McCoy, the former Texas star, his first big break as a pro. After Delhomme got hurt in the season opener, McCoy served as Wallace's backup for three games and now could be thrust into the starting lineup against one of the league's toughest defenses.

    Mangini is prepared to play McCoy, who was expected to go higher in April's draft but slid to the third round, if he has to.

    "Look, I've played with a ton of rookies at different spots, and at some point, everybody has to start their first game," Mangini said. "At some point, everybody has to get their chance. To me, that's what all these guys are looking for, that moment to show what they can do.

    "They've played football their whole lives and a situation like Colt's, he has been a very successful quarterback for a long time. I'm sure he's chomping at the bit to get his first chance to do that."

    Mangini pointed out that rookie safety T.J. Ward couldn't wait to get on the field and that McCoy, whose 45 wins with the Longhorns are the most in NCAA history, is no different.

    Mangini believes McCoy wants the challenge.

    "If you didn't have that guy, then you drafted the wrong guy," Mangini said. "If he's sitting at home at night curled up in a blanket hoping he doesn't get the start, you've got the wrong guy. You look for that competitiveness. You want the young guys to always be pushing the guy in front of them, saying, 'Come on, move out of the way, give me my chance to do it."

    Mangini said McCoy has taken "quite a few" snaps with Cleveland's first-string offense since Delhomme got hurt.

    McCoy struggled through much of the preseason but finished strong. In Cleveland's final exhibition against Chicago, he completed 13 of 13 passes for 131 yards, but was sacked three times.

    The last Browns rookie QB to start against Pittsburgh was Charlie Frye, who was sacked eight times in a 41-0 loss in 2005.

    Browns rookie cornerback Joe Haden believes McCoy is ready.

    "I know Colt," he said. "In practice he plays a lot, and he does well against our defense. I know he'll study hard and get focused. He just loves to play the game, so he's looking forward to it. Honestly, he's not afraid at all. He wants to be out there on the field."

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    If we can't confuse the **** out of Colt McCoy, Lebeau should hang his head in shame.

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    If we can't confuse the **** out of Colt McCoy, Lebeau should hang his head in shame.
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    Monday, October 11, 2010

    McCoy vs. Steelers a recipe for disaster

    By James Walker

    Because of ankle injuries to veterans Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, rookie quarterback Colt McCoy reportedly could start for Cleveland on Sunday. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Browns signed Brett Ratliff, who was told he's the backup for McCoy in the Week 6 rivalry game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1). Ratliff was one of the Browns' final cuts this summer.

    This was not in the plans for Browns president Mike Holmgren and head coach Eric Mangini, who didn't provide specifics on the quarterback situation Monday. Both have said they expect McCoy, a third-round pick, to sit at least one year to learn from the sidelines. But very little has gone according to plan for the struggling Browns (1-4), and now McCoy looks to get the nod just six weeks into the season.

    If McCoy is viewed as the future of the Browns, they must be very careful about the long-term impact of this decision. Throwing McCoy out there at Heinz Field against Dick LeBeau's defense is a recipe for disaster. In fact, it's the last defense I would pick a rookie quarterback to face in his first NFL start, especially against a hungry Steelers' defense coming off a bye week.

    Expect the sharks for Pittsburgh -- James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, Troy Polamalu, Casey Hampton, Aaron Smith, James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons, etc. -- to be out in full force Sunday. I'm sure a wide-eyed McCoy is excited for the opportunity, but in reality he's just fresh meat.

    I said in training camp that if McCoy starts, that's a sign Cleveland's 2010 season is over. I picked the Browns to finish last in the AFC North this year, but this ship is sinking faster than expected.

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    As long as we don't let this become a trap game, this should be pretty entertaining.
    'I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ***-kickers, ****-kickers and Methodists.'

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    It better be ****ing entertaining. So what is the deal with them and qb injuries? I thought they spent a ton that line? It was the same last year. Poor Colt McCoy.

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    If we can't confuse the **** out of Colt McCoy, Lebeau should hang his head in shame.
    If we can't confuse the **** out of Colt McCoy, Lebeau should hang it up.

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    If we can't confuse the **** out of Colt McCoy, Lebeau should hang it up.
    LeBeau hater!

    Don't be surprised if Mangini (Belichick mini-me) holds Wallace out of practice just to play the old game of not allowing the opponent to know what to plan for.

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    LeBeau hater!

    Don't be surprised if Mangini (Belichick mini-me) holds Wallace out of practice just to play the old game of not allowing the opponent to know what to plan for.
    Yep,I hate Dick LeBeau.Just look at all the moronic theories I have to back up my bull**** agenda.


    Anyway,who cares if Wallace plays?**** that guy.He blows.

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    Yep,I hate Dick LeBeau.Just look at all the moronic theories I have to back up my bull**** agenda.


    Anyway,who cares if Wallace plays?**** that guy.He blows.
    No, Les, your moronic theories are reserved for your boy/man/mate/object of affection Tomlin!

    Wallace, DelHomme, McCoy.........flip a coin!

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    No, Les, your moronic theories are reserved for your boy/man/mate/object of affection Tomlin!
    Thats just not true....................at least until he starts sending me a check.

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    Thats just not true....................at least until he starts sending me a check.
    I'd say based on your man love for him lately that you have come in to some cash!

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    I'd say based on your man love for him lately that you have come in to some cash!
    No,not man love.I just tend to see FACTS rather than jump on him because I,once again,have a bull**** agenda.

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    No,not man love.I just tend to see FACTS rather than jump on him because I,once again,have a bull**** agenda.
    You've turned your own "conclusions" in to fact......and that's okay man cause we all have to have our own level of facts! I simply prefer to wait until there is some basis before I move it in to the fact category. This works well for me because it then allows me to look at things openly and subjectively rather than block it all out because I already concluded a different set of facts. Give it a try, it won't hurt ya

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    The effectiveness of any QB, rookie or vet, is based primarily in preparation. How well will the Browns be able to get McCoy ready for Sunday? Well, so far the footage I've seen of them this year is rather patchy, so it's still in the air.

    Given that Sunday just past's game was against a common opponent, it should be possible to draw a few strategic comparators and conclusions.
    'I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ***-kickers, ****-kickers and Methodists.'

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