Mike Holmgren: QB choice not his

Updated: November 2, 2010, 4:17 PM ET
By James Walker | ESPN.com

BEREA, Ohio -- On Election Day, Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren was very diplomatic when it came to his much-talked about quarterback situation.

Usually transparent and forthright with the media, Holmgren dodged the question of who should start Sunday against the New England Patriots between Colt McCoy and veterans Seneca Wallace or Jake Delhomme.

"That's a question I'm not going to answer," Holmgren said in Tuesday's press conference. "That's a coaching decision."

This is the question everyone is asking, but neither coach Eric Mangini nor Holmgren are ready to address it. The pair will discuss the quarterback situation internally later this week.

McCoy, a rookie third-round pick, has played solid football in two games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints. McCoy threw for a season-best 281 yards against the Steelers and was the winning quarterback against the Saints, which has generated a significant buzz among Browns fans.

Wallace and Delhomme are both coming off ankle injuries but have more experience. Wallace could be available Sunday and said that he wants to be the full-time starter in Cleveland. Delhomme's ankle injury is more serious and he likely needs more time to recover.

Holmgren also hinted that a decision on the future of Mangini likely won't be decided until the end of the season. The president also mentioned that "wins and losses is not the only criteria," and he will look at the big picture.

James Walker covers the AFC North for ESPN.com

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