Holmgren Talks Shurmur, QBs and Being ‘More Available’

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — On the last day of Official Team Activities, or OTAs, Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren addressed the media.

Holmgren said his press conference was the first step toward a new approach. The team president said he didn’t want to override head coach Pat Shurmur in his first year, but after listening to the fans and the media, he wants to be more vocal.

“We are entering our third season, and it was really important to me to come in and support coach in any way I could, and not take away his time,” Holmgren said. “The bottom line is, I am going to try to be more available.”

After declaring his plans to be more present leading up to the 2012 season, Holmgren was asked about the quarterback competition. He said the competition between Colt McCoy, Brandon Weeden, and Seneca Wallace is what he wants, and he plans to keep all three of them.

“To have a rookie quarterback, even at 28 years old, is a challenge. The runner certainly helps a young quarterback. That is a positive. You can help young players with your play selection,” Holmgren said.

“I am more of the mind to let it play out. Tom [Heckert] would like all of his draft choices to start, and I understand that. When [Weeden] starts to play, and when he starts is a different story,” Holmgren said.

Holmgren was asked to assess Shurmur’s first season as a head coach and he defended his season and shortened off-season.

“[Pat Shurmur] merged scared but healthy and ready to go. It makes such a difference to have an off-season program and mini camps. I think every good, young head coach, you learn every year. I still believe in him very strongly,” Holmgren said.

Holmgren was asked about his first impressions of rookie Brandon Weeden.

“His skill level is excellent. Good velocity. The second thing is, he has a maturity about him because of what he has been through. If you talk to him, you just sense that. His teammates do. He is as prepared to start as a rookie as any quarterback I have seen in a long time,” Holmgren said. “His big adjustment is taking the snap from center. We will still run the shotgun. He seems to be a fast learner. He has absorbed the play book very well.”

On rumors that the Browns are for sale: “No. The Browns are not for sale,” Holmgren said.

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