Holmgren is a Colt man

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:34 AM ET

Mike Holmgren isn't certain who his next head coach will be, but he is certain who he's having play quarterback.

This is Colt McCoy's job to lose.

Holmgren wants to bring in a West Coast style offence and build the team around McCoy's skills. "I think you see the potential there," Holmgren said at his season-ending press conference.

McCoy wasn't supposed to play in his rookie season but when veterans Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme went down with injuries he brought some life to the Browns' stagnant offence. The team scored stunning wins over New Orleans and the Patriots.

But he also showed the learning curve will have some bumps. McCoy had six interceptions and one TD in his last two games against the more punishing defences thrown at him by Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

Holmgren isn't dismayed by McCoy's slow end to the season. Going 2-6 as a starter, he finished with a passer rating of 74.5 with six touchdowns and nine interceptions.

The Browns are expected to cut Delhomme, saving $5.4 million in base salary, and begin the season with Wallace as the backup.


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