Holmgren reveals confidence in Weeden

June, 14, 2012
6/14/12
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Browns president Mike Holmgren made headlines when he said there are no plans "right now" to move either quarterback Colt McCoy or Seneca Wallace before training camp.

But the focus shouldn't be on what he said about the backup quarterbacks. The key part of Holmgren's chat with local reporters was his level of confidence in rookie first-round pick Brandon Weeden.

"He is as prepared to come in and start as a rookie as any quarterback I’ve seen in a long time because of his maturity level and his age," Holmgren said Thursday.

While Holmgren said naming the starting quarterback remains coach Pat Shurmur's decision, that's a bold statement from a quarterback guru like Holmgren. He is banking on Weeden becoming a franchise quarterback and being a winning one soon. Holmgren turns 64 on Friday. He called this "his last job."

Holmgren, though, stopped short of guaranteeing Weeden will be a success, saying you can't "bet the ranch" on it.

"I just think this young man has a great upside," Holmgren said. "It's a feeling. It's an experience."

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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