BEREA – The Browns are wrapping up offseason practice this week with a final four-day installment of organized team activities.
Today was the final one open to the media, so the quarterbacks were the focus. Brandon Weeden, Seneca Wallace and Colt McCoy followed coach Pat Shurmur to the podium on a sunny, sticky afternoon.
Just minutes after Shurmur said he could envision a scenario with all three quarterbacks being on the regular-season roster, Wallace disagreed.
“No. Not really,” he said. “Neither one of us wants to be the third guy.”
Wallace was referring to himself and McCoy, because he’s under the same assumption as just about everyone else: Weeden will be named the starter.
“I’m a realist,” Wallace said. “They drafted him in the first round for a reason. At some point the kid is going to play.”
Weeden, who continues to get the majority of repetitions with the first-team offense, isn’t ready to go there yet. He said he isn’t focused on the announcement of the starter.
“That’ll all happen,” he said. “It’ll take care of itself.”
Has anything happened during the practices that made him question his belief that he can be the starter?
“Not yet,” he said, then knocked on the wooden podium.
McCoy, who started 13 games last year before suffering a concussion, has thrown the ball better in the last month but appears headed for the bench, or possibly another team. He’s not ready to make that concession.
“I have not gone there in my mind,” he said. “In my mind I’m the starter.”
If Weeden does win the job in the preseason, or before, Shurmur will have to make a decision on the backup. He doesn’t see the urgency to pick one but said there are a few qualities important in a backup. He must be able to function in a game despite getting limited practice repetitions, and should have mobility and experience.
Wallace seems to fit the description better than McCoy. Wallace has been a backup for much of his nine-year career, starting just 21 of the 62 games he’s played. McCoy hasn’t come of the bench once in his two years and was a four-year starter at the University of Texas.
“I’m in my 10th year,” Wallace said. “I know the ropes, I know the system well enough that I can compete any time.”
If the Browns make a decision between keeping Wallace or McCoy, Wallace’s $2.4 million salary in 2012 could hurt him. McCoy is scheduled to make about $2 million less.
A few notes and observations from practice:
** Kicker Phil Dawson didn’t attend practice, as expected. He attended the mandatory minicamp last week, but skipped the rest of the offseason practices.
** Defensive back Johnson Bademosi and offensive lineman Jeff Shugarts, both rookie free agents, practic