In news that should be shocking to no one, Seneca Wallace told Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer that doubted that both he and Colt McCoy would be on the Opening Day roster come September.
"Can any of you guys see all three of us being here?'' Wallace said. "You've written about it, so that answers your question...Probably not."
Of course all three won't be there. Brandon Weeden will start. McCoy/Wallace will be the backup. Some Guy (likely Thad Lewis) will be the developmental #3. So the real QB competition isn't between Weeden and McCoy at all - it's between McCoy and Wallace, two guys that are already bestest of buds.
My guess is that the PTB (Powers That Be) would prefer the controversey-free aspect of Wallace as #2, since he has already wisely publicly embraced the backup/mentor role whereas Colt seems to be fostering the delusion that he still has a chance to start. Wallace knows the Offense better, and, let's face it, the fact that he's older than Weeden doesn't hurt. He also slyly made this argument for his services:
"If you're going to move forward with a guy and (want him to) be your franchise guy, you need to put all of your focus on that guy and let him play and take all of the media situations out of it and the fan situations out of it and let him play in order to build that franchise the way you want it.''
Translation - Colt is a distraction. Attack!
But Wallace's contract is $3 million for 2012 and Colt's is only just over $500k. So it truly might come down to performance.
Another aspect from this article that can't help Seneca's chances is that he proclaimed that he would not accept the #3 QB role.
"No, not really (I don't want to be the No. 3),'' said Wallace. "That's something that obviously 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 one of us (him or McCoy) wants to be that third guy.''
Will he ask for a trade if he's relegated to No. 3?
"I don't know,'' he said. "We'll see when it gets to that point.''
We'll set aside for a moment the ridiculousness that anyone would trade for Wallace and that contract amount when they could just sign him after he gets cut... it shows again Wallace's disinterest in being a "team player".
Of course, it's not like McCoy is keen on accepting his fate either, sticking with the charade that he is still trying to start.
"When I come out to practice, in my mind, I'm the starter,'' said McCoy.
Let's be honest - neither Colt nor Seneca has any trade value, and neither will get a chance to start anywhere in the NFL. Their best opportunity is right where they are, and once they both accept that reality it should make for a nice Battle For Number Two. If I were Heckert, I'd reason that McCoy's value to the team isn't worth the "Colt" chants from his displaced fan contingent, but I can see it the other way too. So let it play out. They promised Colt a "fair shot" at winning a job; there it is.
But the PTB can't announce Weeden as the starter soon enough.
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