Colt McCoy’s performance is bad news for Eric Mangini

The Browns have won two straight. Against the Saints and Patriots, no less. So obviously Eric Mangini’s hot seat is cooling off, right?

Wrong.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy celebrates after a 34-14 win over the New England Patriots on November 07, 2010 in Cleveland. UPI / David Richard Photo via Newscom

Colt McCoy is Mike Holmgren's project

If the Browns had won two straight with Jake Delhomme or Seneca Wallace, that might be an accurate statement. But the fact that they’re winning with McCoy is bad news for Mangini.

Remember, McCoy is Mike Holmgren’s hand-picked quarterback. He went over the heads of both Mangini and GM Tom Heckert to select McCoy in the 3rd round even though he wasn’t the top rated prospect on their draft board.

Mangini’s dislike for McCoy continued into the preseason when kind words about the rookie were few and far between. And after he publicly dressed down McCoy on the field after a preseason loss, local reporters speculated that Mangini may wish to keep Brett Ratliff (Mangini’s hand-picked quarterback) as the 3rd-stringer instead of McCoy.

So you think Holmgren is going to let Mangini reap the benefits of McCoy’s rookie success? HA!

Holmgren loves nothing more than developing quarterbacks. He was Steve Young’s quarterbacks coach at BYU. He was then the quarterbacks coach for both Young and Joe Montana in San Francisco. Then as a head coach he helped develop Brett Favre and later Matt Hasselbeck. And what do all those guys have in common with McCoy? None were 1st-round picks.

And  now you think he’s going to let someone else coach his latest project?

Not a chance.

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