Colt McCoy is officially back, and the Browns are officially his team.
In his Thursday morning news conference, Browns coach Eric Mangini named McCoy the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the season. The Browns (5-8) visit the Cincinnati Bengals (2-11) on Sunday, then host the Baltimore Ravens (9-4) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) to finish the season.
McCoy, a rookie from the University of Texas, went 2-3 as the Browns' starting quarterback this season before being sidelined with a left high-ankle sprain Nov. 21 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mangini, though, said he's confident McCoy's ankle is back to full strength.
"I felt like he's earned this opportunity," Mangini said of McCoy. "And I want to give it to him."
Mangini said McCoy was "excited and determined" when he heard the news earlier this week. As for Jake Delhomme, who was the Browns' starting quarterback for the past three games, Mangini said he took the news in stride.
"He couldn't have been more supportive, not only of Colt but of the whole team," Mangini said of Delhomme.
Mangini said he still hasn't determined who will serve as the Browns' backup quarterback against the Bengals. It will be either Delhomme or Seneca Wallace.