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As the team closes out the final week of Organized Team Activities, the focus has turned to who will be the No. 2 and No. 3 quarterbacks on the roster this fall.

It’s been clear since draft night that, barring an injury, Brandon Weeden is going to be the starter. Which leads to speculation over which lesser of two evils – Colt McCoy or Seneca Wallace – will be holding the clipboard come game day.

As a decision doesn’t have to be made today, coach Pat Shurmur isn’t really worried about it.

“I don’t see the urgency right there, but in terms of the backup situation, I can see a scenario where all three of the players you’re talking about will be here,” Shurmur said earlier this week. “I think that’s fair.

“I favor that, keeping three. I like that model. I know we’re nearing half of the teams in the league that keep two, but I like having three.”

Wallace, a noted team player, isn’t really on board with the three quarterback scenario.

“No not really (I don’t want to be third),” Wallace told The Plain Dealer. “That’s something for no reason you go down to the third guy and we all know the third guy doesn’t dress on Sundays and if that comes down to that decision, obviously neither (he or McCoy) wants to be that third guy.”

While Shurmur may not be in a hurry to name his depth chart at the position, one of his comments may have offered a clue.

“I think there are a couple things that are important about a backup quarterback,” he said. “Because the starter gets almost all the reps during the week, the backup needs to be able to come in and function efficiently and not have many reps, that’s one characteristic. Typically, your backup quarterback, I like the fact that he may have mobility, because the game may be in a situation where you’ve lost your starter and you want to have everything available to you, whether it be movement throws, drop back throws or what not.

“Anytime you get an experienced player either as a starter or a backup, I think it helps them.”

That definitely sounds like Wallace – who is entering his 10th year in the league and has spent his entire career in the West Coast Offense – more than it does McCoy.

So where does that leave the spunky Texan? Just coming to work everyday.

“I think my mindset is just to come out here and play, and with each rep that I get, I expect to get better,” McCoy told The Beacon Journal. “Each rep that I get, that’s what I can control. I study hard. I understand what’s going on. I watch other quarterbacks. I watched defenses throughout this offseason. We’re trying to beat our defense now [in practices], but you’ve gotta look at what you’re going to face the rest of the year. So I’m doing all the things that I would do as a starting quarterback, and I don’t think that’ll change.”

Shurmur hasn’t asked us (yet), but if the Browns decide to go with two quarterbacks we’d prefer McCoy over Wallace because he’s younger and cheaper. Plus, we’re sure McCoy can throw a Wallace-like killer interception if need be.

The best part in all this is that Browns fans don’t have to worry about either one taking over the No. 1 spot.


Let’s make a deal:  Two days after a report came out that the Cavs offered New Orleans all four of their picks in the upcoming draft to move up to the No. 1 spot to select Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, comes news that Charlotte may be willing to trade the No. 2 pick but want “a lot” in return.

Exactly what “a lot” means is not specified. All four of the Cavs’ picks? Throw in a player? A complimentary line of credit at the downtown casino? Who knows? But hopefully Cavs general manager Chris Grant is trying to find out. (h/t Ben Cox)


Bracket busters: Shockingly, after losing to Germany on Wednesday, Holland (the No. 4 team in the world) is probably going to exit Euro 2012 in group play.

The Dutch can still move on, but it seems pretty unlikely. They would have to beat Portugal on Sunday while Denmark loses to Germany, to force a three-way tie for second. But they still have to make up ground in goal differential (they are at -2 while Portugal and Denmark are even). And if the Danes can pull off a tie with Germany, Holland is out no matter what.

“The beginning was good enough but it was not good enough,” Netherlands captain Mark van Bommel told ESPN. “We had imagined all of this very differently.”

In the other game, Portugal beat Denmark, 3-2, despite the ongoing struggles of Cristiano Ronaldo, who continues to perform in a very LeBron-like fashion in international tournaments. In 21 matches in international finals, Ronaldo has only scored five goals.

Ronaldo, who scored 60 goals with Real Madrid this season, missed on three opportunities against Denmark and is still scoreless in Euro 2012.

“He has the same pressure as all the players that want to contribute to the game,” Portugal coach Paulo Bento told The Guardian. “He was in some difficult situations but, from our point of view, he has played two very good games and I am very certain that not a single player in our squad might be unsatisfied [with him].”

The tournament has been a hit with viewers as, through the first three days, the games were averaging 1.3 million viewers, more than triple the number of Euro 2008, according to the Associated Press.

Sunday’s game between Italy and Spain was seen by 2.1 million, more than any Euro 2008 game other than the final.


Matt? You won’t be seeing him around anymore: The Indians sent Matt LaPorta back to AAA Columbus on Wednesday to make room for relief pitcher Esmil Rogers.

Rogers was 0-2 with an 8.06 ERA in 23 appearances for the Rockies this season.

Which tells you all you need to know about LaPorta.

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