After seeing what Mike Holmgren had to say following a practice yesterday, it's hard to imagine anyone other than Jake Delhomme (pictured) being the Browns' opening day starter.

The Browns' new football czar said of Delhomme, according to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer: "He's going to be fine. In fact, he's going to be better than a lot of people expect."

The Browns signed Delhomme after he was released by the Panthers following another turnover-plagued season in 2009. Cleveland also acquired former Seahawks backup Seneca Wallace, and they drafted Texas quarterback Colt McCoy in the third round.

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But Holmgren prefers to bring McCoy along slowly, and Wallace has little experience as a starter. Thus, it would be a stunner if Delhomme isn't the starter this year. Even head coach Eric Mangini was gushing about Delhomme, actually comparing him in some ways to Brett Favre.

"He's got great energy," said Mangini, who coached Favre with the Jets in 2008. "I don't like making comparisons, but I will. He reminds me a little bit of Favre that way, in terms of he enjoys practice, he enjoys being around the guys. He is able to be serious and still keeps things light. It is really important to him."