Tag:Seneca Wallace
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:02 pm

Browns 'more than likely' to start Wallace at QB

It looks like Wallace will get his second start of the season when Cleveland travels to Baltimore Saturday. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Last Friday, Browns head coach Pat Shurmur hinted that if quarterback Seneca Wallace played well in place of concussed Colt McCoy, it could shed light on McCoy's future as Cleveland's starter.

"To see another quarterback operate with other players will help us learn something about everyone involved," Shurmur said at the time, according to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Marty Gitlin. "It'll help us evaluate Seneca. That's why you want to wait until the end of the year to [make a personnel decision]."

Wallace was 18 of 31 for 226 yards (1 TD, 0 INTs) in the Browns 20-17 overtime loss to the Cardinals Sunday, but he committed a critical fourth-quarter fumble deep in Cleveland territory that allowed Arizona to tie the score, 17-17.

On Tuesday, Shurmur all but indicated that Wallace will start Saturday against Ravens. Gitlin reports that McCoy remains out, though Shurmur said he's not certain he is still being held back by concussion symptoms.

"I talked to [McCoy] a long time," Shurmur said Tuesday via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "His spirits are good. Like anybody who wants to play, he's anxious to get out there. But he understands there's a process he has to go through before he can play again," he said.

“I don’t know that," Shurmur said, when asked if McCoy was headed for injured reserve. But he's also not willing to rule McCoy out for Browns' Week 17 game against the Steelers. "We’ll have to see.”

A day earlier, Shurmur was noncommittal about McCoy's immediate future.

"I'm going to cross that bridge when they're both healthy," Shurmur said, via the Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot. "Right now, until Colt's healthy, we're going to go with Seneca. … If Colt is OK — when Colt is OK — we'll talk about (where he is on the depth chart). How's that? Good answer?"

Of course, the reason McCoy didn't play last week was because he suffered a concussion against the Steelers in Week 14 and the Browns sent him back into the game a few plays later. That led to more conversations about player safety, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell telling CBS that "We want to make sure someone -- a medical professional -- has his eyes on that field at all times and can see when an injury occurs to somebody so that the proper medical care is being given."

For now, here's what we know: Wallace "more than likely" will play against the Ravens. Everything after that? To be determined.

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Posted on: November 5, 2011 1:58 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2011 1:58 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Peyton Hillis at the Madden 12 photo shoot during the offseason. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

For a guy who has only played four games this season, Browns running back Peyton Hillis sure is in the news a lot. Whether it's a nagging hamstring injury, whinging about a new contract or no-showing at a Boys and Girls Club Halloween event, Hillis' 2011 season has a series of off-field missteps.

This comes a year after Hillis was one of the league's best running backs, rushing for 1,177 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns. Things were going so well that he landed the Madden 12 cover this offseason, and as recently as two weeks ago, the Browns front office sounded like it had every intention of re-signing the centerpiece of their offense.

Here's team president Mike Holmgren on October 20: “There was no way I was going to trade Peyton Hillis.”

On Saturday, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer Mary Kay Cabot writes that, according to NFL sources, the Browns are at the end of their rope with Hillis and are prepared to let him hit the bricks after the season.

"It's one thing after another, and what's been out there isn't even the half of it," one source said.

And that's not hyperbole. It really has been a nonstop comedy of errors for Hillis this season. Friday, we wrote that his teammates held a sit-down with the running back (via Yahoo.com's Michael Silver).

The peculiar saga of Peyton Hillis
"By Wednesday, a group of about eight Browns veterans had summoned Hillis into a meeting room for an intervention-style, air-clearing session designed to restore his focus. After a breakout season in 2010 that vaulted him to national prominence, including a spot on the Madden NFL ’12 cover, the 25-year-old back’s consuming desire for a new contract has become a locker room distraction that numerous teammates regard as an impediment to cohesion and collective success."

Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace confirmed to Cabot that some Browns players weren't particularly excited that Hillis flew to Arkansas last Tuesday to get married instead of coming in for treatment.

"Of course we're going to be a little upset if Peyton's not in there getting his treatment," Wallace told Cabot. "We're a team, and we rely on each other. But if he felt he wanted to go get married that day, that's his business. You never really know what a person is going through. You don't know what type of influences a person might have. I don't know the stuff that Peyton has going on in his life."

It's unclear what Hillis' end game is here. Yes, he deserves a raise for his performance last season. But in the last eight weeks, not only has he burned through any goodwill he had with the organization and the fans, he's cost himself millions -- plural -- of dollars. Not only in Cleveland but around the league. Teams aren't in the habit of signing malcontents, particularly running backs -- the easiest position to replace on the roster. Right, Chris Johnson?

And at this point in the proceedings it probably goes without saying, but, yeah, Hillis has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Matt Schaub and the Houston Texans will host Colt McCoy and the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at Reliant Stadium. Join Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan as they take a look at this matchup. Watch the game at 1 PM ET on CBS.

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Posted on: April 17, 2011 3:38 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2011 3:39 pm

Offseason Checkup: Cleveland Browns

Posted by Andy Benoit

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Another year turned into another rebuilding season for the Browns (it turned out to be the last of three in Eric Mangini’s tenure). Injuries rocked all three mistake-prone quarterbacks (Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace and third-round rookie Colt McCoy, who performed OK but was limited to a cliff-noted playbook).

It maybe wouldn’t have mattered anyway, given the paucity of quality receiving options (No. 1 wideout Mohammad Massaquoi improved just enough to pass for being a low-end No. 2, while tight end Ben Watson was the go-to guy by default).

Defensively, the young secondary at times seemed overburdened by the volume of sub-packages in Rob Ryan’s complex system. But often, Ryan’s scheme compensated for shabby pass-rushing resources. The Browns were the only team not to give up 30 points in any of their first 15 games. Still, that wasn’t enough to save Ryan from the coaching staff overhaul in January.

Defensive scheme

The task of installing a 4-3 scheme is substantial, especially given this team’s prior commitment to the 3-4.

Linebackers Chris Gocong and Scott Fujita and nose tackle Ahtyba Rubin (who will now play more one-gap techniques) are the only players from last year’s team who are truly equipped to operate in a 4-3.

And Gocong never did blossom in Philadelphia’s 4-3. Restocking the defensive line will be the biggest challenge.

1. Defensive End
Marcus Benard is a fantastic athlete who, as an outside linebacker, often played bigger than his 256-pound size suggested. That doesn’t mean the undrafted third-year pro is ready to start – especially given that he’ll be learning how to play with his hand in the dirt. Jayme Mitchell, another undrafted guy, is penciled in on the other side. What does this tell you? The Browns need at least three, and maybe four, defensive ends.

2. Defensive Tackle
Rubin can be an adequate two-down player, even if he’s not a true Pat Williams-like clogger. Brian Schaefering, however, does not get off blocks well enough to play inside. Even if he did, the Browns would still need more one-gap quickness here.

3. Wide Receiver
Very few quarterbacks could succeed with Massaquoi, Brian Robiskie, Chansi Stuckey and Joshua Cribbs as their top four wideouts. Massaquoi is not dynamic enough to create on his own; Robiskie has barely seen the field his first two seasons; Stuckey’s quickness is impressive but best suited for the slot, while Cribbs is simply a gadget player.

Let’s hope new head coach Pat Shurmur is a patient man. The defense that Dick Jauron is installing is not complicated schematically, but it will take at least two years to accumulate the front seven personnel needed to run it.

That’s about how long the offense will take to develop if Shurmur decides that Colt McCoy is indeed the long-term solution for his West Coast system. A third straight 5-11 season seems likely.

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Posted on: March 14, 2011 10:58 pm

Holmgren on Delhomme returning: 'Absolutely'

Posted by Will Brinson

Logic stands to reason -- now that Seneca Wallace is already back with Cleveland -- that Jake Delhomme won't be coming back to the Browns.

But Mike Holmgren didn't rule out the possibility that Jake could come back when asked about it Monday.

"Absolutely," Holmgren said. "Again we aren’t going to talk too much specifics on the guys other than the things you already know until this thing gets ironed out. I wouldn’t say no to that possibility."

So he obviously didn't say "I'm bringing Jake back!" But he certainly left the door open, which means we could end up seeing Delhomme AND Wallace AND Colt McCoy on the roster when 2011 (eventually) starts.

Given the situation that Cleveland's in, though, it makes more sense to let Colt McCoy play the role of starter with Wallace backing him up, and then draft some sort of upside-riddled quarterback.

Just like for Delhomme, in his current situation, it might make more sense to try and make a run for starting for one of the 10 or 20 other teams that apparently need a quarterback, rather than settling for a backup role in Cleveland.

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Posted on: March 4, 2011 11:58 am
Edited on: March 4, 2011 12:00 pm

Hot Routes 3.4.11: Baby laughing makes me laugh

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • If you’re bored (and it IS noon on a Friday afternoon, after all) and you need to kill time while waiting to see what happens with the labor negotiations, Foxsports.com has the drinking game for you. If you participate, though, you’ll probably have to hit up the local liquor store. Unless you’re the kind of person who has both Cristal AND Schlitz at your home. In which case, you’re kind of awesome.
  • An interesting look by Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel at one of the most important power players in the labor negotiations: Judge David Doty.
  • Retiring Patriots G Stephen Neal thought there was a chance he could play next season. But he also knew if he injured himself again, he might be putting himself in real danger. So, he retired.
  • I’m sorry, this has nothing to do with football, but man, it’s always awesome watching a baby hysterically laugh uncontrollably. And if the labor negotiations go bad today, you can keep replaying this video. It will make you feel better. Seriously, this video is the best thing I’ve seen all week.

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Posted on: March 3, 2011 10:37 pm

Seneca Wallace signs 3-year deal with Browns

Posted by Will Brinson

Longtime Mike Holmgren fave Seneca Wallace is going to hang around with his boss a little bit longer -- the quarterback agreed to a three-year deal Thursday night.

Despite publicly stating that he'd like to start, Wallace will be backing up Colt McCoy in Cleveland, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

That's no huge surprise, however, and neither is the (likely) forthcoming cutting of Jake Delhomme from the roster, which is probably for the best for everyone involved.

Delhomme can blatantly get signed by John Fox in Denver shop himself around at a low price and the Browns have a backup for McCoy who's familiar with the Holmgren-likeoffense that Pat Shurmur will install in Cleveland.

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Posted on: February 22, 2011 7:40 pm

Seneca Wallace wants to start

Posted by Andy BenoitS. Wallace

Seneca Wallace has been in the NFL for eight years now. Most of those eight years have been spent in a backup role (first with the Seahawks, and more recently with the Browns).

Wallace is now a free agent. "If I do go back (to Cleveland),” he says, “hopefully it's a chance to compete for the starting position.” Yes, hopefully. But not likely.

Wallace recently spoke with Mike Wilkening of Pro Football Weekly and pointed out that he’s familiar with the West Coast system that new head coach Pat Shurmur runs.

Familiarity with the system does not equate to starting talent, though. Wallace’s athleticism and experience make him one of the most attractive backups in the game, but a backup nevertheless. The greatest hindrance to his starting potential is the fact that he has never exhibited great rhythm or consistent decision-making as a pocket passer.

This was noticeable when Wallace filled in for the injured Jake Delhomme early last season, though Wallace told Wilkening that the Browns “lacked a clear identity of what we did” and “had no foundation in the offense."

Wallace is certainly worth re-signing, as long as he understands that Colt McCoy comes ahead of him in the pecking order.

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:04 pm

Delhomme to start; Dolphins D now fantasy gold

Posted by Andy Benoit

With Colt McCoy still nursing a high ankle sprain, Jake Delhomme will get the start under center for the Browns this week. Cleveland travels to Miami to face the Dolphins for what could be the most banal regular season game in NFL history.

Delhomme, who threw two picks in the win over Carolina last Sunday, was expected to take a bulk of the first team reps in practice Wednesday. Eric Mangini said backup Seneca Wallace would get some work, as well. McCoy is improving but still not practicing.

Remember, McCoy only got a chance to play because Delhomme and Wallace suffered high ankle sprains of their own earlier in the year. Has any team ever had three different quarterbacks all suffer the same injury within a two-month span?

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