BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – It’s the No. 1 storyline this offseason – as it is almost every other year – who will be the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns?
Colt McCoy or Brandon Weeden?
Coach Pat Shurmur said Wednesday he’d like to name a starter as soon as possible.
“Sooner than later,” Shurmur said. “I think once we’ve made a decision that’s the deal I think you want to try to (name a starter). If you know that he’s gonna be your guy, then make it happen, so everybody gets comfortable working with that guy all the time.”
Since the Browns selected Weeden with the No. 22 pick it’s assumed that he will win the job. The only question is, when is that announcement coming?
“Ideally we’d have a starter now,” Shurmur said. “Teams that are going into this offseason with a starter, that’s the most ideal situation. But when you have new players that you really like – that’s why you picked them – you just need to see them come in and do it before you make that move.”
Shurmur referred to his experience in St. Louis when the team drafted Sam Bradford No. 1 overall in 2010.
The expectation was that Bradford would beat out A.J. Feeley for the starting job and he did by the beginning of training camp.
Shurmur sees a similar scenario playing out here with Weeden and McCoy.
“I remember this process when we were in St. Louis and drafted Sam Bradford,” Shurmur said. “Sam Bradford was playing it through, in my eyes, a lot like it’s happening here. And we had A.J. Feeley that was there, a veteran quarterback, and they shared reps. There was times when A.J. started the drills. There was times when Sam started the drills. Then it was the beginning of training camp when we named Sam the starter, and he had a pretty good year his first year.”
Weeden has taken the majority of first team reps during OTA’s and minicamp and Shurmur does like what he sees from the rookie.
“I think I’ve seen what we expected from him,” Shurmur said. “I expected him to come in. You know it was gonna take a minute to get going, which he did a good job of getting it going. I think he understands our concepts. I think he’s quickly getting a feel for his receivers. Some things have shown up in practice that may not be as obvious to the people watching that aren’t coaching it – understanding what each receiver can do and you have mirrored routes and why you pick the one side and not the other.
“Some of those things have shown up, and he’s showing me that he understands how to play this game.”
Should Weeden be named the starter, which is expected, he’d become the 11th different opening day starting quarterback since the team returned in 1999 joining the likes of Ty Detmer, Tim Couch, Kelly Holcomb, Jeff Garcia, Trent Dilfer, Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn, Jake Delhomme and Colt McCoy.
The hope is that Weeden will actually be able to keep the job beyond a season or two.