BEREA — Browns president Mike Holmgren insisted Tuesday he won’t interfere with coach Eric Mangini when it comes to picking a quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Patriots or the remaining nine games of the season.
“I was a coach for a long time,” Holmgren said in a state-of-the-Browns news conference. “I believe strongly that that’s the coach’s decision.”
Holmgren has been removed from the sideline for a season and a half after 17 years as a head coach, but he still views things through a coach’s perspective. He said that’s most apparent on Sundays when he’s screaming from the press box, and wouldn’t rule out an eventual return to coaching. But for now, he’s concentrating on his role as president.
“I love coaching,” he said. “I’m doing what I’m doing now. My commitment is to get the Browns going in the right direction and having people feel good about their team in my role as the president.
“I made a promise, and I’m gonna stick with that. Now if I keep wearing a suit or not, we’ll see.”
The coaching future of Holmgren and Mangini will be made after the season. The Browns have more than half the schedule left and a lot can happen.
The most pressing issue is what to do when Jake Delhomme or Seneca Wallace is healthy enough to return at quarterback. Wallace could practice as early as today and said Monday he hopes to start against New England. McCoy is 1-1 in emergency duty and would love the chance to start a game at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
“Would you like to know a little bit more about your current youngin’? Yeah,” Holmgren said. “Do I have a good feeling about him right out of what he’s done? Absolutely.
“But before anyone anoints anybody, he’s played two games. But I told him I was proud of him and I think he can build on this.”