Browns coach wants to minimize the importance of the quarterback

By on May 16, 2015 Cleveland Browns seem content to enter the 2015 season with what other teams would consider a group of question marks at quarterback.

The Browns widely were expected to select a quarterback in the NFL Draft. But the team made 12 picks without taking a QB. That means the Browns’ quarterback job likely will be decided in a competition between former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel — who was benched and later spent 10 weeks in rehab — and 35-year-old newcomer Josh McCown, who went 1-10 as a starter last year in Tampa Bay. Connor Shaw and Thad Lewis are also part of the picture.

Browns officials disputed rumors that the team entertained the notion of trading up to get the second pick in the draft to select Marcus Mariota. And coach Mike Pettine told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that while the Browns had their eye on Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, he didn’t fall to them in the draft. Petty went to the Jets with the fourth pick in Round 4.

So even though the Browns did not draft a quarterback, Pettine is not worried.

“We’re very confident in the guys in that room,” Pettine said. “We are. We’re very confident in the guys coaching them, I’m very confident in the plan that we’re going to build and I’m thrilled with the players we’re putting on the field around the quarterback. I’ve talked about this from the beginning — that you want to minimize the importance of the quarterback. See more…

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