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Seneca Wallace thinks he'll be the Browns' starter

In seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, Seneca Wallace was never the starting quarterback unless Matt Hasselbeck was hurt.

But now that his old Seahawks coach, Mike Holmgren, has brought him to Cleveland, Wallace believes that he’ll finally be a No. 1 quarterback.

Asked in a radio interview Tuesday if he thinks Holmgren brought him to Cleveland to start, Wallace said, “Yeah, that’s the way. I’m coming in with a lot of confidence and trying to come in and spark the team a little bit. It’s time to kind of start fresh.”

Wallace stopped short of saying Holmgren or Browns coach Eric Mangini has told him he’s the starter, but he indicated that he feels confident in his chances to start based on his conversations with Holmgren.

“We talked about some good things,” Wallace said. “Like I said, I’m excited to be going there. That’s all I can say. You’ve got to wait and see what happens.”

As it stands, Wallace’s competition for the starting job is Brady Quinn. It remains to be seen whether Holmgren will bring in any other quarterbacks to compete for the starting job.

In his career, Wallace has started 14 games and completed 333 of 556 passes for 3,547 yards, with 25 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

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  1. BDiddy says: Mar 10, 2010 8:59 AM

    This franchise is a mess.

  2. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Mar 10, 2010 8:59 AM

    well at this point, it doesn’t matter, another losing season for the Browns

  3. Big Stretch says: Mar 10, 2010 8:59 AM

    “In his career, Wallace has started 14 games and completed 333 of 556 passes for 3,547 yards, with 25 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.”
    I have to say when you put his 7 year career stats together it looks pretty good, but time will tell if he can do all that in 1 year. Of course Brady Quinn is shit so Wallace should get a legitimate chance to start.

  4. Kriny says: Mar 10, 2010 9:00 AM

    I think i’ll be the browns starter. I was throwing a little rubber football to my dog last night and feel like I can bring a spark to the team.

  5. brownsfn says: Mar 10, 2010 9:02 AM

    no way chump…BQ is the starter around here…

  6. Dixon29 says: Mar 10, 2010 9:02 AM

    Quinn will start. Wallace will ream up with Cribbs to run the most dynamic Wildcat formation in the NFL.

  7. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Mar 10, 2010 9:06 AM

    The Browns need to grab one of the free agents that are available – like Derek Anderson.

  8. stevemcguigan says: Mar 10, 2010 9:06 AM

    Well for the sake of Browns fans I hope I’m wrong, but I’ve never seen this guy look like anything better than what they already had.

  9. Common Sense says: Mar 10, 2010 9:07 AM

    Ben Rapelisberger is the only good thing going for this team.

  10. drumbug71 says: Mar 10, 2010 9:10 AM

    I wonder if GMs and negotiating teams say whatever it takes to get someone in to sign a contract. The Steelers apparently told Randel El that he would be the 3rd reciever, but that would mean making Mike Wallace the 4th reciever, which is absurd if you ask me.
    I can’t see Seneca Wallace being starter material.

  11. last starfighter says: Mar 10, 2010 9:10 AM

    Oh brother.

  12. tre_fizzle says: Mar 10, 2010 9:13 AM

    the Browns seem to be doing a lot of positive things this off-season. If they have a good draft I think they could be just above .500 in 2010.

  13. Laxer37 says: Mar 10, 2010 9:15 AM

    When asked to comment about Seneca Wallace’s statement Brady Quinn guzzeled a protein shake and said “Now i’m done”

  14. GoBrowns19 says: Mar 10, 2010 9:16 AM

    It just means the Browns are going to draft a QB in the first three rounds to compete with Wallace and Quinn for the starting job.

  15. kosarisking says: Mar 10, 2010 9:16 AM

    I was hopeful until now…a 7 year back-up doesn’t exactly inspire expectations of a quick turnaround. Give Quinn a year to see if he can get it done.

  16. Ralph Gre Nader says: Mar 10, 2010 9:18 AM

    I think the real question is why is Brady Quinn still on the roster? This team is in full overhaul mode right now, so why keep a locker room cancer around. Let’s not kid ourselves he wants nothing to do with that team and thinks he can be productive in a new environment. What’s it going to hurt? They can’t get any more embarrassing. Do they think the rest of the league will look down on them if they dump their two “best” quarterbacks? Just start over. Take your beatings for the next 2-3 years. Tough it out, and just start over….Again.

  17. Brownie says: Mar 10, 2010 9:20 AM

    He out performed Hasselbeck during his limited playing time in Seattle the last 4 years. All you haters out there should look up his stats vs. Matt’s. He had a higher completion percentage and a better TD to INT ratio than Hasselbeck in the last 4 years! And he can create plays with his legs better than most QBs out there. He did all of that with horrible wide receivers, no running game and not much of an O-line as of late.

  18. halitzor says: Mar 10, 2010 9:21 AM

    Seneca is nothing more than a backup who knows MH’s WCO system by heart. He will help prepare the team, provide leadership and help develop Quinn.
    Quinn starts the season and Wallace will see several snaps a game with Cribbs and Harrison in the backfield with him.
    I’m sorry but if anyone thinks a 5’11” QB is going to cut it in Cleveland, you’re dreaming.
    This guy can’t see over a single lineman.

  19. ProBallBabiesSuck says: Mar 10, 2010 9:22 AM

    I really thought The Big Show was a QB Guru! This move makes me wonder.

  20. Ralph Gre Nader says: Mar 10, 2010 9:23 AM

    If Bradford falls to the Browns at 7 they’re taking him. With the depth at WR and especially Defense in this draft they can address those in in the 2 round. But they cannot seriously pass on Bradford if hes available. Maybe even trade up to 6 with the Seahawks.

  21. BleedGreen says: Mar 10, 2010 9:23 AM

    Actually, if you listen to the ENTIRE QUOTE, he said he has a chance to compete to be the starter, and he feels he has a good chance of winning that competition. And lets be honest, with Brady Quinn and Brett Ratliff on the roster, who wouldn’t?

  22. Ralph Gre Nader says: Mar 10, 2010 9:26 AM

    # brownsfn says: March 10, 2010 9:02 AM
    no way chump…BQ is the starter around here…
    Really? That’s they way you want it to be? The book is out on him. He’s a bust. Wake up.

  23. DogPound says: Mar 10, 2010 9:28 AM

    man oh man!!! what a mess!!

  24. downwithdansnyder says: Mar 10, 2010 9:29 AM

    His YPA is a whopping 1yd better than Quin’s. This doesn’t seem to bode well if they are trying to get the ball down the field.

  25. BrownsClown says: Mar 10, 2010 9:32 AM

    Hell, he should be the starter!
    Most ballboys are more accurate than Quinn or Ratliff.
    And with the departure of Braylon”hands” Edwards and the imminent departure of Robert Royal, there is a chance that the Cleveland receivers will actually catch the football (a novel thought).
    Long live the CZAR.

  26. TrueFan says: Mar 10, 2010 9:34 AM

    I think anyone who thinks that Seneca Wallace was brought in to be the starter is delusional. He’s a career back-up and has played like one when he has played. Just another mobile, “athletic” type QB who can’t really make good decisions from the pocket.
    Holmgrens’ intention is to give Brady Quinn a REAL opportunity to see if he is a starter (which takes having some receivers BTW..) and getting rid of Anderson was just divesting themselves of a poor investment.
    Quinn will “win” the job unless he gets hurt or get seriously outplayed by Wallace in pre-season. And if that happens and Wallace starts, he will not remain there unless he is dang close to undefeated.

  27. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Mar 10, 2010 9:37 AM

    Dixon29 says:
    March 10, 2010 9:02 AM
    “…Wallace will ream up with Cribbs… ”
    ————————————————–
    Hopefully, not in public.

  28. Big Stretch says: Mar 10, 2010 9:43 AM

    @ I’m sorry but if anyone thinks a 5’11” QB is going to cut it in Cleveland, you’re dreaming.
    This guy can’t see over a single lineman
    ————————————————–
    I’ve heard that arguement made about Drew Brees and Doug Flutie.

  29. zeakman says: Mar 10, 2010 9:44 AM

    I was in the front row for Seneca’s (about) 35 yd run where he actually ran about 350 yds against Texas Tech. Pretty much all downhill from there.

  30. mwcarolina says: Mar 10, 2010 9:48 AM

    This is Quinn’s job to lose. I can’t see a rookie passer falling to them in round one unless they trade up which would be stupid. I see the Rams going Bradford, then the Redskins or Seahawks take Clausen and if the Redskins pass on Clausen well, let’s just say in 2012, Matt Barkley and a new coach will be in Washington because i don’t believe Campbell will ever win in Washington. As far as the Browns go, it’s Quinn’s job and if he screws up it’s Wallace’s and next year they let a new guy come in, maybe Terrelle Pryor or Ryan Mallett or Jake Locker.

  31. BroncoBourque says: Mar 10, 2010 9:54 AM

    @Halitzor
    Drew Brees is an inch taller than Wallace at most and he seems to see over his line just fine. Is it harder to succeed if you are shorter, sure but guys have shown in the past that it isn’t impossible as long as they are given a real opportunity.
    That being said, I think the Browns best bet is to do as Holmgren sugested earlier in the offseason and give Quinn a real chance where he doesn’t have to look over his shoulder. The guy has only started 12 games over 2 seasons and has had to look over his shoulder the entire time. That is no way to develop or evaluate a QB. Give him a real shot to see what you have and if by game 12 or so he has shown he can’t get the job done then make plans to go in a different direction.

  32. Grunt says: Mar 10, 2010 10:10 AM

    Anyone who thinks Quinn is the answer at QB shold just stop watching football. He wasn’t good in college only beat up smaller schools and won’t ever make it as more than a backup in the NFL. He should stick to his injections and EAS modeling gig. He doesn’t have the skill set to be a talented starting QB, hence why 21 teams passed him up in the draft and nobody’s offering trades for the guy. Seneca’s the startes who’s played in the system and will groom our next qb. Hopefully Jake Locker next season.

  33. hizzle1281 says: Mar 10, 2010 10:21 AM

    completed 333 of 556 passes for 3,547 yards, with 25 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
    ————————
    if he starts 2 more games, he would have like 4000 yds 29-30 TDs 16 INT
    so thats 16 games, which is a regular season, isnt that Peyton Manning stats?……

  34. FrankRyan says: Mar 10, 2010 10:22 AM

    To all of you want to be NFL coaches that post on this site how much coaching experince do you have? Who are you to say the Seneca Wallace wont make it because he is 5’11’.He does have 7 years in the NFL,he must be doing something right.How much time do you have in the NFL?If some of you couldnt bitch about something you wouldnt be happy.If the Browns won the Super Bowl you would bitch because we made a mistake or two.If all you can do is complain and bitch,do everyone a favor,do it some where else.

  35. TrueFan says: Mar 10, 2010 10:24 AM

    LOL. No QB really “sees” or throws “OVER” linemen. Unless they are quite deep in the pocket (like shotgun) they throw in gaps between linemen for shorter passes.
    So this whole “he’s 3 inches too short” thing is really a long held misconception.
    Unless a QB would be something like 8 feet tall he does not “see” over linemen or throw “over” them. And as others have noted there have been plenty of successful “shorter” QBs in the NFL who have not been 6’5″ guys. Tarkenton comes to mind.. he was only 6.0.

  36. Brownie says: Mar 10, 2010 10:31 AM

    @TrueFan
    Dang close to undefeated!? Seriously!? Not even Peyton Manning or Brett Favre or Drew Brees could be dang close to undefeated on the Browns! It takes more than just a QB. Right now they don’t have much of a defense and the verdict is still out on RB. Get real.

  37. cswitzer21 says: Mar 10, 2010 10:44 AM

    jason campbell is a good qb. look at his stats they got better every year. in 2008 he only threw 6 int. last year he threw 15 but thats bc he had to rush throws bc his oline was hurt and they had crap players blocking for him. his yards went up 400 yards and his tds went up by 7. he had a 64.5% passing which also went up. he had no blocking, wr suck, te got hurt for half the year, had no running game bc all 3 rbs got hurt and the oline couldnt block. he only threw the ball on 3rd down basically. if he gets a real shot at qb and not the crap they been making him do he’ll be a great qb. jason had more yards passing then flacco, mcnabb, and palmer. he was ranked 14th in the league. cutler only had 50 yards more then him and kurt warner had 100 yards more and look at all the talented wrs and rbs the cards had for warner if campbell had those skills around him he would be a lot better

  38. stetai says: Mar 10, 2010 10:54 AM

    He’s a solid starter as Cleveland begins their rebuild under HOlmgren. He’s not going to take them to the Super Bowl, but he’ll keep them semi-respectable.
    And “commonsense”, I love your nickname for Big Ben. Maybe you’re not the first to call him that, but it’s the first I’ve seen so far. kudos!

  39. YourOwnWorstEnemy says: Mar 10, 2010 11:11 AM

    I like how everyone keeps talking “he knows MH’s WCO…” I could have sworn Eric “I can’t coach my way out of a paper bag” Mangini was the coach, not Holmgren…

  40. cowboys1 says: Mar 10, 2010 11:15 AM

    wow, i bet half of you guys writing all these hater comments have never even seen seneca wallace play. he should’ve started the last two seasons in seattle. he will start and quinn will be traded or released by the end of the season…….. and wallace will be in the pro bowl

  41. TFBuckFutter says: Mar 10, 2010 11:21 AM

    “kosarisking says:
    March 10, 2010 9:16 AM
    I was hopeful until now…a 7 year back-up doesn’t exactly inspire expectations of a quick turnaround.”
    To be fair, fans in Seattle probably had a similar attitude when Matt Hasselbeck was brought in.
    Granted it took him a couple years to get into his groove, but Wallace has more experience.
    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Wallace repay Holmgren’s faith in him. Not saying it will happen, I’m just saying I wouldn’t be shocked.

  42. Joe Abraham says: Mar 10, 2010 11:36 AM

    This Franchise needs to be Re-Built from the inside out. I think they are taking the right steps in getting their- but it is a process. Especially when you have a mess this big.
    Wallace will be an interesting addition. I can see him as the starter this year. I don’t think Holmgren would bring him in just to have him as his back up again. This will be his shot… I could see him starting until the Browns Drafted someone. He is almost like a stop-gap for Holmgren. He knows how good and how bad Seneca can play. So he can worry about the other problems the team has for now. If Quinn pans out to be pretty good, that will be awesome. But so far I haven’t seen anything from him that rocks my world- and apparently the folks in Cleveland agree.
    I am surprised they didn’t go after some defensive backs in free agency. Their were some guys that would have added some much needed experience to that roster. If I was Holmgren I would be drafting Rolando McClain first round. They need a leader on the defensive side of the ball- and he was the MAN in Alabama’s 3-4 NFL scheme.
    It’s a process- but man I would love to be the GM of this team…

  43. SterilizeTHenry says: Mar 10, 2010 11:46 AM

    FrankRyan says:
    March 10, 2010 10:22 AM
    To all of you want to be NFL coaches that post on this site how much coaching experince do you have? Who are you to say the Seneca Wallace wont make it because he is 5’11’.He does have 7 years in the NFL,he must be doing something right.How much time do you have in the NFL?If some of you couldnt bitch about something you wouldnt be happy.If the Browns won the Super Bowl you would bitch because we made a mistake or two.If all you can do is complain and bitch,do everyone a favor,do it some where else.
    ————————————–
    The spacebar is awesome. Try using it sometime.

  44. HellsGrimTyrant says: Mar 10, 2010 11:55 AM

    I’ll let Seneca’s work speak for itself
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7Elsegn4Zw
    Please watch before posting.

  45. Joe Abraham says: Mar 10, 2010 2:11 PM

    The NFL is a little different than Iowa State…

  46. TFBuckFutter says: Mar 10, 2010 2:41 PM

    “Joe Abraham says:
    March 10, 2010 2:11 PM
    The NFL is a little different than Iowa State…”
    Not if you’re playing the Browns, Raiders, Bucs, Lions or Chiefs.

  47. Dawgpound2009 says: Mar 10, 2010 3:42 PM

    Wallace will start next year in Cleveland. The Brady “Breck Girl” Quinn will be gone before the draft.

  48. tobago says: Mar 10, 2010 10:02 PM

    What have Quinn and Anderson done for the Browns, nothing. Nice going Holmgren, Wallace is a good start.

  49. Damos Lott says: May 13, 2010 2:24 PM

    Have any of you seen Wallace play? Seneca Wallace is the best starter for the Browns QB hands down. Wallace will prove everyone wrong that think he is to small to start!

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