The quarterback play for the Browns on Thursday night against the Bears was far from impressive. Starter Brandon Weeden sat the finale out, while Colt McCoy got the start and split time with Seneca Wallace and Thaddeus Lewis. All three backups struggled, and coach Pat Shurmur indicated as much after the game by stating that they "played like backups."
The Colt McCoy-Seneca Wallace back-up quarterback battle has been one of the more interesting position battles throughout camp. McCoy trade rumors have persisted, but he's flashed signs of improvement in relief of Weeden. Last night was not one of those nights, but Shurmur indicated he's made up his mind and determined a winner of the battle. He's just not telling (via Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer):
"I do know what I want to do," Shurmur said after Thursday's 28-20 loss to the Bears in the preseason finale. "I'm just not telling you, right? And I'm allowed."
The job is likely McCoy's, with the former Browns starter working with the second-team for much of the preseason. But there's certainly a scenario where the Browns keep both McCoy and Wallace, and put Lewis on the practice squad. With the deadline for the 53-man cut down tonight, at least one will no longer be in the same capacity with the team by tonight.