Mangini's QB Trust Est. 2010

Eric Mangini never developed trust with last season's quarterback duo in Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn. A year later with veteran Jake Delhomme under center, a strong trust has been established and it is a big reason the Browns offense executed in its first preseason game.

Watching the Browns offense attempt to execute a season ago was as pleasant as gargling with razor blades.

The point of matter is head coach Eric Mangini did not trust the quarterbacks he inherited on the roster. The game-plan and subsequent lack of execution and imagination followed in what was one of the most pathetic passing games in modern football history.

Heading into the 2010 season the times have changed for the Cleveland Browns.

Veteran quarterback Jake Delhomme, who is coming off one of the worst seasons in his career, is now at the helm. Despite having a successful career, the 35-year old who is coming into what has been deemed a dire situation received little positive reaction from those talking about the team.

For Delhomme and the Browns, there is something to prove for all involved, which makes this marriage most intriguing. Mangini has gained a comfort level and confidence from Delhomme. Both traits were was missing from Cleveland's quarterbacks a season ago.

Those traits lead to stability.

Stability is what the Browns sought when signing the veteran to a two-year deal this offseason.

Stability is what the Browns have received throughout the offseason and early in the training camp season.

Delhomme's past tells a tale of being a capable leader. It was his disastrous 2009 season that could make the 2010 campaign that much sweeter.

If so, the Browns will be the happy recipient.

Given the opportunity to work in a new offensive system, leading and working with youthful talent at the receiving positions, Delhomme is once again confident and having fun.

"If you aren't confident in yourself and with those you are playing with, it's likely you'll fail," ex-Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar once told the OBR.

Through numerous training camp practice sessions, a team scrimmage and one preseason game, Delhomme has had his share of ups and downs running the Browns offense.

But what Delhomme offers can be summed up by a handful of plays last week against Green Bay.

Facing a multitude of blitz and cover packages, Delhomme delivered in a manner which hasn't been seen from a Browns' quarterback for some time.

With the Packers walking a safety into the box, Delhomme changed the protection and direction of the play. As the veteran quarterback called out protection, the Green Bay safety quickly reverted back, creating a void down the hashes for the play to develop.

What transpired was Delhomme's quick read and completion to an open Evan Moore.

Later on the same drive, Delhomme stepped up in the pocket with the Packers stunting. In what was likely his fourth read, Delhomme found wide receiver Brian Robiskie at the 4-yard-line for a first down.

While both plays may have occurred during what some believe to be a meaningless preseason game, this efficiency speaks volumes for the continued development of the Browns offense.

It also helps that those surrounding Delhomme believe in him.

Without Mangini's trust and the continued development of the receivers and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, the initial impact Jake Delhomme has provided may have been a moot point.

One drive, one series, one touchdown in one preseason game.

It's a start. One in which the Browns certainly needed.


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