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Browns Minicamp: Pat Shurmur Hopes To Name Starting Quarterback Early In Process

Depending on who you ask, the Cleveland Browns either have a quarterback battle on their hands or a quarterback show. Some believe that Colt McCoy and Brandon Weeden are actually slugging it out for the opportunity to be named the starting quarterback for the 2012 season, while others believe it's more of a formality than anything.

At any rate, the Browns are insistent that it's an actual, factual competition, though head coach Pat Shurmur is looking to wrap it up sooner rather than later. According to CBS Cleveland, Shurmur wants to name a starter "sooner than later." The report goes on to talk about the fact that the Browns like everything they've seen from Weeden, but that they don't want to just hand over the starting gig without him showing anything.

It would set a bad precedent to just name him the starter when the previous starter is still around, but just about everybody feels like it's Weeden's job to lose. Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer takes it a step further by suggesting that Shurmur hinted that he wanted to name Weeden the starter by training camp.

Weeden has taken more reps as the starter than McCoy recently. The first week saw McCoy starting, but Weeden has quickly taken over that role and by all accounts is outperforming McCoy out there.

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