Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) - Cleveland Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace said Tuesday what everyone else is thinking – keeping all three quarterbacks probably won’t work.
Wallace wouldn’t speculate about his future should he not be named the starter or the backup but made it clear he would not be happy as the third quarterback.
“No, not really,” Wallace said. “That’s something that obviously for no reason you go down to the third guy, and we all know the third guy doesn’t dress on Sundays and if that comes down to that decision, obviously neither one of us want to be that third guy.”
Coach Pat Shurmur maintains that he could still see a scenario where all three quarterbacks remain on the roster but Wallace isn’t so sure that there’s enough room for the three of them.
“Can any of you guys see all three of us being here?” Wallace said. “You’ve written about it, so that answers your question. Probably not. Cleveland has had situations where they had quarterback controversies.
“If you’re going to move forward with a guy and (have him) be your franchise guy you need to put all of your focus on that guy and let him play.”
As for the overall “competition” itself, Wallace has lost little sleep over it because he already knows how it will end.
“There’s nothing we can do about it,” Wallace said. “It’s the decision of the guys above us and all we do is control what we can control.
“It could be a competition but at the end of the day we know who’s going to be the guy out there starting at some point.”
Colt McCoy later sidestepped a question of whether or not he would ask for a trade should he wind up as the third quarterback.
Wallace sees that rookie Brandon Weeden has all of the tools to be successful in the NFL and expects him to start.
“Definitely, I’m a realist,” Wallace said. “Obviously the kid was drafted in the first round for a reason. It wasn’t that they drafted him to come sit on the bench.
“At some point he’s going to play.”
Odds are Wallace won’t be named the starter but 10 years in the system makes him a prime candidate to be Weeden’s backup.
“I know the system well enough to compete at anytime,” Wallace said. “Whatever decision is made, that’s the coach’s decision. We would all love for it to be made sooner than later.
“They know what I bring to the table. If that’s enough, who knows?”
The real “competition” isn’t for who will be the starter but who will back up Weeden.
Once Shurmur decides that, then the team will have to decide if they’ll keep all three QB’s.