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The Browns' awkward QB competition gets underway Tuesday when Colt McCoy finally (possibly) faces the music

May 18, 2012 -- 6:00am

By Tony Grossi


The Morning Kickoff …

Let the (ahem) competition begin: Since the Browns changed the course of their offensive direction on the first night of the draft, quarterbacks Colt McCoy and Brandon Weeden have been two ships passing in the night.

McCoy has been “working hard” in the offseason conditioning program while Weeden has attended a three-day rookie camp and gotten acclimated to the lay of the land in Browns headquarters. According to a source, the two “competitors” have actually been in the building together a grand total of two days.

Those occurred this week when rookies joined the veterans for the first time in meetings and limited on-field position work. Weeden’s week was cut short when he left to attend the NFL rookie symposium in Los Angeles.

Things finally get serious on Tuesday when the Browns take the field as a team for the first of 10 organized team activities (OTA) practice sessions.

At that point, somebody has to be under center for the first rep in the first team drill. Will it be McCoy? Will it be Weeden? Will it be Seneca Wallace?

“I would say to that, we’ll all find out on Tuesday,” said tight end Evan Moore.

Behind the scenes: When the Browns selected running back Trent Richardson with the third pick in the draft on April 26, McCoy posted the following comment on his Twitter page at 9:38 p.m.:

Congratulations Trent Richardson. Glad to have you in Cleveland!

When Weeden was selected by the Browns with the 22nd pick a few hours later, there was no similar congratulatory Tweet from McCoy. He has made only one post on his Twitter page since, a comment about one of his favorite movies -- Cinderella Man.

A day after the draft and two weeks later at rookie minicamp, Weeden said he had not spoken with McCoy. Why did not McCoy reach out to Weeden and welcome him to the Browns?

“I don’t know. I’ve never asked him that,” Moore said. “I would just speculate and say put yourself in Colt’s shoes. You can imagine how he’s feeling.”

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that McCoy was told by the Browns before the draft that they would not draft a quarterback in the first round. The Browns have strongly denied it. Five weeks before the draft, Browns President Mike Holmgren talked on a conference call with season ticket holders about the repercussions of the failed trade talks for Robert Griffin III.

He said, “… the other plan we talked about was to use those draft picks to get starters for this year and to help our quarterbacks on our team get better. So that’s what we’re doing.”

And then they drafted Weeden at No. 22.

Does McCoy feel he was misled?

“I don’t get that impression from him,” Moore said. “From the interaction I’ve had with Colt, I know his head is in the right place.”

Where is this going?: McCoy has not talked to the media since Dec. 29. With eyes still glazed from the cheap-shot helmet hit to the face mask he took from Pittsburgh’s James Harrison on Dec. 8, McCoy toed the company line and professed he wanted to be part of the “resurrection” of the Browns.

On Tuesday, things get awkward. The media will be allowed in for the first OTA session. McCoy either will have to address questions about his past and future with the team or he will continue to hide. Teammates will be subjected to the first onslaught of “McCoy or Weeden?” questions.

“I can see where externally it’s plausible to get the impression that his would be awkward,” Moore said. “But we can’t let it get there.

“I’m a proponent of Colt, a fan of Colt, but I know we added someone who’s a good player, too. I want to see them both do well and let the best man win.”

 

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