Questions surrounding the Ravens quarterback position pale in comparison to those swirling around the Cleveland Browns, Sunday's opponent.
Jake Delhomme, the team's usual starter, did not play in last Sunday's 16-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs because of an nakle injury, and he did not practice Wednesday. Seneca Wallace completed 16-of-31 passes for 229 yards and tossed a touchdown and an interception on Sunday and would start Sunday if Delhomme's ankle doesn't improve.
But coach Eric Mangini remains optimistic that the 35-year-old Delhomme will be available against the Ravens.
"Jake's gotten better, and I'm optimistic about where he is," Mangini said in a conference call with Baltimore media Wednesday morning. "Now we've got to take it day-by-day with this like we did last week. With both quarterbacks, I'm comfortable they can run any of the calls that we have. But what we do with our quarterbacks – which I'm sure they do the same thing in Baltimore or anywhere else – is, you cater the game plan to the things they do well. And you work with the quarterback because he's the guy that has to make decisions on the field, to make sure he's comfortable with the call and comfortable with the plan. So it's a collaborative process, and we have some plays that Seneca may like better than Jake and vice versa. But you plan for both."
*In four years in the NFL, left tackle Joe Thomas has been invited to the Pro Bowl three times. Thomas, who was drafted two years before Mangini took over as head coach, has impressed Mangini. "Joe is very consistent," Mangini said. "Voted captain again this year. I think he's growing in that role, last year and this year. So that's been a real plus. He's a smart guy, he's reliable and talented. He was a great pick."
*Browns center Alex Mack alleged that Chiefs defensive tackle Shaun Smith grabbed his private parts during Sunday's contest. Mangini, however, said there was no plan to ask the NFL to investigate the matter. "I really haven't done much with that," he said. "I think there's a lot of things that go on in the trenches. You really don't want things like that to happen, but were really moving on to Baltimore. Alex hasn't talked to me about it, so I think we're just going to move forward."