Jun 5, 2012; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace (6) during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
Today was the final day of organized team activities that is open to the media. Head coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters after the session, and several of the questions he was asked involved the team's quarterback situation. When you read his comments versus the ones made a little later by Seneca Wallace, you can clearly see two different perspectives to the question of "will both Wallace and Colt McCoy be retained this season?"
(On an outlook at backup quarterback and if Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace could both be on the roster)- "Yes, I think that’s still very real in my mind. That question leads into the assumption that Colt (McCoy) is the backup with Seneca (Wallace), and again sooner than later I’ll make sure I name a starter for you. I don’t see the urgency right there, but in terms of the backup situation, I can see a scenario where all three of the players you’re talking about will be here. I think that’s fair."
"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,'' he said.
Let's shift to a similar topic that both men also commented on: whether they could see Wallace accepting a role as a No. 3 quarterback. Here is what Shurmur said:
(On if he thinks Wallace would be okay with being the third quarterback)- "My understanding is that he would be. It’s important that room is right. There will be a starting quarterback and there will be guys working behind him. I have no reservation about however it works out. I think those guys will handle it in the right way."
Here's what Wallace said:
"No not really (I don't want to be third),'' Wallace said. "That's something for no reason you go down to the third guy and we all know the third guy doesn't dress on Sundays," said Wallace, "and if that comes down to that decision, obviously neither (he or McCoy) wants to be that third guy.''
Shurmur is taking the middle-of-the-road perspective. Wallace is taking the "let me tell you what's really on my mind perspective." McCoy continued to take an alternative perspective after practice: the overly optimistic one in which he continues to state that in his mind, he is still the starting quarterback.
It's really tough to read what the coaching staff is going to do between McCoy and Wallace. At least we know those guys are competing for backup spots, though, as Brandon Weeden remains the clear frontrunner to be the opening day starter.