CLEVELAND — Don’t label me as a guy who was not willing to mentor a young quarterback.
That seemed to be the message Browns veteran Quarterback Seneca Wallace conveyed while doing a radio interview on Tuesday afternoon.
Wallace told 92.3TheFan he would be more than willing to mentor new q.b. Brandon Weeden.
“I have been a team guy for ten years”, said Wallace, who backed up Colt McCoy last season and saw extensive action after McCoy suffered a concussion against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Wallace conceded that Weeden, who was selected with the 22nd overall pick in the draft will see lots of playing time, despite the teams declaration that there will be a “competition”.
“You know and everybody else knows from the outside that this kid’s got to play”. Wallace went on to say, “I know that my job now going into my tenth season and being in this offense is to prepare Brandon Weeden and make sure that he’s ready to go on day one”.
As for the perception last season that he was unwilling to help McCoy, Wallace said that he and McCoy were in an open competition. “I couldn’t give him all my tips. I didn’t want to give them all away, but if he asked I was willing to help”.
Wallace knows the landscape this year. Help the Kid with the Big Arm. Be a veteran who puts the team ahead of the individual. Weeden’s success would reflect on Wallace.
With Brad Childress running the offense, Wallace believes that will take some of the pressure off head coach Pat Shurmur. As for the regime, run by Mike Holmgren, Wallace said the same things were done in Seattle. “We were in the Super Bowl four years later”.