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Browns coach Pat Shurmur announces Brandon Weeden as his starting QB

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com
It's officially Weeden's team. (US PRESSWIRE)

In news that should surprise no one -- especially Colt McCoy, who knew this day was about when and not if (somehow, he was still surprised) -- coach Pat Shurmur has officially named 2012 first-round pick Brandon Weeden as the Browns' starting quarterback, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.

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Team president Tom Heckert said in May that "we fully expect" Weeden to win the "open competition," and that's exactly what happened. There was even speculation that the Browns might try to unload McCoy this offseason though it never happened.

In July, McCoy said that he was just looking for an opportunity to compete for the job. "There's been some ups and downs and things you have to fight through," he said at the time. "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."

And last week, both team president Mike Holmgren and Shurmur praised McCoy's performance at camp. "Colt's doing great," the head coach said Wednesday. "He's continuing to improve."

But five days later, when Shurmur penciled Weeden atop the depth chart, McCoy sounded like he didn't know this news was coming.

“I have not taken any snaps with the first group,” McCoy said, via the Plain Dealer. “I thought coming in it would be a competition.”

We find this hard to believe given all that's been done (see 2012 draft) and said (see Heckert's comments above) this offseason. Also not helping: reports this spring that McCoy's fate as Cleveland's starter was sealed after his father spoke out against how the organization handled the concussion McCoy suffered against the Steelers late last season.

Wherever the truth lies, this much is certain: Heckert, Shurmur and Mike Holmgren need Weeden to be the franchise quarterback this organization so desperately needs.

For one reason, their collective jobs rely on it; new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's first question to Holmgren was as simple as it was revealing: "Can Brandon Weeden play?"

Holmgren assured him that Weeden was legit. Now we'll all get a chance to find out together.

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