Friday, August 31, 2012
Seneca Wallace gone, but McCoy not safe
By Jamison Hensley
The assumption was the Browns would choose Colt McCoy or Seneca Wallace as their backup quarterback. Cleveland, though, might have other plans.
The only certainty is Wallace is no longer in the running to be the No. 2 quarterback behind rookie Brandon Weeden. The Browns cut Wallace after two seasons, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported.
There are conflicting reports about whether this move means McCoy is safe. Philadelphia radio personality Howard Eskin is speculating that A.J. Feeley could get traded from the Rams to the Browns. Feeley played under Browns coach Pat Shurmur for three seasons in Philadelphia (when Shurmur was the quarterbacks coach) and for one season in St. Louis (where Shurmur was the offensive coordinator). But The Plain Dealer is reporting that the Feeley rumor is untrue.
Whether the Browns go with McCoy or Feeley, they still made the right move in getting rid of Wallace and his $2.4 million salary. Some thought the Browns would keep Wallace because of his long-standing ties with team president Mike Holmgren.
Wallace showed he was not worth the money when he replaced McCoy last season. In a December game in Baltimore last season, he chose to run the ball deep in Ravens territory with 11 seconds remaining in the first half and no timeouts left. The clock ran out on the Browns and they left points on the field. That's not the type of mentor the Browns would want for Weeden.
As for McCoy, he apparently is in limbo. But he should be used to it. That's been his status ever since the Browns selected Weeden in the first round four months ago.