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Pat Shurmur wants to name starting QB 'well before the start of the season'

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer
This is Weeden's job to lose, right? (US PRESSWIRE)

Most of us expect Brandon Weeden (the newly-signed Brandon Weeden!) to be the Browns starting quarterback in the season-opener against the Eagles. Otherwise, why would Cleveland, knowing last year's starter and 2010 third-round draft pick Colt McCoy is still on the roster, have drafted the 28-year-old Weeden in the first round of the 2012 draft?

We can have this charade where McCoy supposedly is in competition with Weeden and where it's possible that Seneca Wallace can make his quarterback competitors nervous, but in reality, it seems clear that the No. 1 job is reserved for Weeden.

While coach Pat Shurmur continues to say the competition for that job is open, he's also saying that he wants to figure out who the starter is rather quickly.

"I think it makes sense to name the starter well before the start of the season, and so that's probably what will happen," Shurmur said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I've said all along sooner is better. I've had a chance to go over what everybody did in the spring numerous times and I feel good about what I saw from Brandon and Colt and Seneca. So I'll have some formal announcement soon."

It makes sense that McCoy would need to have an absolutely blistering training camp in order to have a chance to beat out Weeden for the top spot. But McCoy remains confident.

"It's been a rough ride thus far," McCoy said recently. "We've had our ups and downs. I've had three (offensive) coordinators going into my third year. Two head coaches in two years. There's been some ups and downs and things you have to fight through. Most are things out of your control. But for me, I would just like a little consistency. I love the town. I love the fans. I think they truly deserve a winning football team. That's what I want to do. I want to be there for the ride of turning that thing around. We'll see what happens."

Whether he'll be watching Weeden from the bench remains to be seen. But it seems awfully likely, doesn't it?

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