BEREA - There is the occasional NFL player or coach who cuts through the noise and gets to the bottom line.
Tuesday, Browns backup quarterback Seneca Wallace filled that role by placing the teams competition at quarterback into perspective.
The game is a lot of hype, a lot of business involved with whos playing and whos not, Wallace said at the last offseason practice open to the media. Like I said before, it can be a competition, but at the end of the day we all know whos going to be starting out there at some point.
Bottom line: Wallace knows Brandon Weeden will be the teams starter, and he accepts it.
Obviously, the kid was drafted in the first round for a reason, he said. It wasnt that they drafted him to come sit on the bench. At some point hes going to play. If its the first week or the 12th week, at some point the kids gonna play.
The only real wiggle room there about the Browns quarterback situation is whether Weeden is named the starter in the offseason, at the start of training camp or after a couple preseason games. But it might take an act of Congress for Weeden not to be named the starter -- even though coach Pat Shurmur said he will keep watching the guys compete and throw.
Nothing is set in stone until its official, Weeden said, later adding, That will all take care of itself.
It might already be taking care of itself. Weeden is getting most of the reps with the first team, which even Colt McCoy noticed.
Yall see the reps, he said. Yall see the practices. When Im in I just try to do the best I can.
McCoy says he understands the team has to get Weeden ready, saying Weeden got a lot of reps and thats part of the process.
But though he said when he takes snaps he has the attitude hes the starter, he he said in his mind hes not thinking about who will start, saying its a good question for (coach) Pat (Shurmur).
Leave it to Wallace to cut through the fog.
Obviously Cleveland has had situations where they had quarterback controversies and all this other stuff, Wallace said. If youre going to move forward with a guy and it be your franchise guy, you need to put all your focus in that guy and let him play and take all the media situations and the fan situations out of it in order to build that franchise the way you want it.
Is there room on the roster for him, McCoy and Weeden?
Probably not, he said, later asking: Can any of you see all three of us being here?
Yes, the question was rhetorical.
Wallace also said he would not be willing to accept being the the third quarterback.
We all know the third guy doesnt dress on Sundays, Wallace said. If it comes down to that decision, obviously neither one of us (he or McCoy) want to be that third guy.
Cynics could say that Wallace has 2.4 million reasons to want to be the backup -- his salary is 24. million -- and he admits his contract could work against him when the No. 2 is selected. But he also believes he fills that role well.
This is my 10th year, he said. I know the ropes. I know what goes on. Im not naive to that. I know the system well enough to compete at any time. Whatever decision is made, thats the coachs decision. We would all love for it to be sooner than later to figure that decision out. But the coaches are trying their best to figure out whats going to happen.
We dont know if were all three going to stick around. We might, we might not. They know what I bring to the table. If thats enough, who knows.
The one thing that might be keeping Shurmur from naming Weeden the starter is that he has yet to see Weeden work in pads against a defense in pads.
Not saying he doesnt look good, but things change when you put pads on, Wallace said. Game speeds up. The defense starts doing a lot more different things to us, blitzing us and all those different things.
It has to carry over.
Weeden understands. But he was asked if anything had happened through a month of offseason work to shake his belief that he could be the starter.
Not yet, he said.
Then he reached down and knocked on the wood on the side of the podium.