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No position in sports is like quarterback in football. A leadership imperative comes with the position.
A point guard in basketball makes decisions on the fly, so no one gets to see the question marks in his eyes or hear the doubt in his voice, as can happen in a football huddle.
A pitcher in baseball can dominate the game, but he plays only every fifth day.
Goaltenders in hockey are often such quirky, superstitious, pressure-haunted individuals that the only place they might lead a teammate would be to an exorcism.
"With the quarterback position, the demands make it hard to play it and really excel at it without leadership," said Browns coach Eric Mangini.
The Browns seem to have found their leader in Colt McCoy, the rookie from Texas. McCoy doesn't even appear to be the 24 years of age asserted by his birth certificate. But he has so far led the Browns with a command presence far beyond his years.