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Pat Shurmur hints Thad Lewis will be third quarterback

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Quarterback Colt McCoy says that there’s no place he’d rather be than Cleveland, but he might not have the final say on remaining with the Browns.

Coach Pat Shurmur had nothing but good things to say about Thad Lewis in comments to the media on Monday, raising the chances that one of McCoy or Seneca Wallace will be sent packing before the start of the regular season. Shurmur has worked with Lewis since he signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and the Browns coach said that he’s intrigued by what Lewis brings to the table as a developmental quarterback.

Lewis spent three games in uniform last season, but didn’t see any action after spending all of 2010 on the St. Louis practice squad. Shurmur acknowledged that keeping Lewis as the third quarterback would mean curtains for McCoy or Wallace, but stressed that no final decision has been made at this point.

“There’s no telling what’s going to happen at this point,” Shurmur said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “We’ve got a few days left here, close to 20, before we’ve got to make the final decision.”

McCoy has done a decent job in the first two preseason games, leading to speculation that another team could be interested in trading for him to improve their own backup quarterbacking situation. If the Browns don’t go the trade route, it seems more likely that they’d cut Wallace than McCoy in order to open a spot for Lewis.

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10 Responses to “Pat Shurmur hints Thad Lewis will be third quarterback”
  1. clevelandschronic2 says: Aug 21, 2012 9:25 AM

    Cut wallace. Holmgrens pet is wayy overpaid to b a backup. And mccoy has looked better and has a higher upside than this reject wallace. Time to put holmgrens pet to sleep.

  2. malignantsociety says: Aug 21, 2012 9:28 AM

    isn’t it closer to ten days, Pat?

  3. doclolly says: Aug 21, 2012 9:30 AM

    now i can go to sleep easy tonight knowing that the browns might have picked there 3rd string QB

  4. abninf says: Aug 21, 2012 9:50 AM

    McCoy. Dallas. Do it.

  5. sj39 says: Aug 21, 2012 10:19 AM

    The whole front office and coaching staff have gone from “building” mode to “save my job mode” and will do strange things. It’s not fun for the fans or the players. I know.

  6. larrydavidstern says: Aug 21, 2012 10:49 AM

    Wallace should have been gone before training camp even started. It makes no sense that he’s still on the team taking reps away from McCoy and Lewis.

  7. crustylovelips says: Aug 21, 2012 11:28 AM

    if you want your QB to throw the ball 5 yards out of bounds on every fly pattern.. then Wallace is your man..

    please.. for the love of God.. Cut Wallace.. i’m willing to bet that no other team will pick him up and if someone comes calling with a decent draft pick for McCoy.. then go on the waiver wire and pick up Wallace.. he’ll be there..

  8. footballfan01 says: Aug 21, 2012 12:02 PM

    The Browns are poised for a breakout year. Five, maybe even six wins.

  9. clevelandfanforever says: Aug 21, 2012 12:57 PM

    Cut Wallace, Keep McCoy.

  10. mrfrostyj says: Aug 21, 2012 1:27 PM

    Senaca Wallace? You mean the wildcat QB on the team that no longer uses the Wildcat?

    If there is anything you should learn about Browns management at this point its that the phrase “There will be a competition” is Shurmur speak for “Whatever the depth chart looks like now is how it’s going to be no matter what you do”.

    The off season started with Weeden as #1 and McCoy as #2 and the pre season has shown that to be the case two games in. Writing is already on the wall. (not to mention Wallace has already said he won’t be 3rd string as in “I refuse to be 3rd string”) plus Shurmur gets some decent production out of Rams practice squad guys (Chris Ogbonnaya).

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