Shurmur: Don't assume RG3 over McCoy

February, 22, 2012
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Browns coach Pat Shurmur said today that it's a "fair comment'' that it's too early to assume the Browns will move on from Colt McCoy and draft Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.

"I think what happens is, there's a lot that gets said and written at this time and it's very interesting to everyone," Shurmur told Cleveland reporters in a 50-minute talk before heading to the NFL combine. "Folks are making predictions while we're still gathering information. That's the important part. That's the exciting thing about the combine."

The key part to remember is that Shurmur said you shouldn't assume that the Browns will take RG3. He never said to rule it out.

Even though Shurmur was extremely complimentary of McCoy throughout the interview session, McCoy is the fallback option at quarterback for the Browns. In fact, he's the last option.

I'm not saying the Browns need to trade both first-round picks to move up and draft RG3. At this point, 64 days before the draft, I would prefer for the Browns to keep both first-rounders because they have so many holes to fill.

Still, the Browns need to upgrade at quarterback in order for the team to close the gap with the other three teams in the AFC North. Cleveland has to either draft RG3 in the top five, sign Matt Flynn in free agency or take Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill later in the first round.

McCoy isn't the answer at quarterback, and it's up to the Browns this week to determine if RG3 is.

Shurmur hasn't met RG3 but the Browns are scheduled to meet with him as part of a 15-minute interview at the combine.

"That's why this combine is going to be so important for me," Shurmur said. "He's obviously very accomplished as a college quarterback, and as we go through it all, we'll determine whether he's what everybody says he is."

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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