The Browns are one day closer to a depth chart of Thaddeus Lewis and Josh Johnson at quarterback, after Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy were held out of another day of practice Thursday with shoulder injuries.
And that may get them one day closer to a new regime, such that they weren’t already.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns coach Pat Shurmur declined to answer which of his first two quarterbacks had the worse injury, but he didn’t rule either out for Sunday’s finale at Pittsburgh.
He also said they thought about bringing back Seneca Wallace for the final week, before opting for Johnson.
That’s another subtle sign that things are changing, and about to change even more. If they wanted a guy who was more familiar with Shurmur’s system and could get them through the week, they’d have just brought back Wallace, who was released this year in the preseason. Johnson isn’t going to be the quarterback of the future or anything, but he at least has some potential, when all the Browns really need is someone who can get the team in and out of the huddle one more time.
Shurmur said the signing of Johnson instead was a collaborative effort by new CEO Joe Banner and just-as-secure-as-Shurmur-is GM Tom Heckert.
Sure it was.
When asked about his own future, Shurmur adopted what, in print, appeared to be a dead-man-walking tone.
“I’ll think about my future after Pittsburgh,” Shurmur said. “I’m not worried about it. We have not won enough football games, and I know that’s the way this thing works.”
He also added: “we came into a less-than-ideal situation when we got here,” which is the exact thing people say right before they’re fired.