Coach Mike Pettine indicated in a radio interview Monday that Josh McCown is the Browns’ frontrunner to be the Browns’ starting quarterback heading into camp, Mary Kay Cabotl of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Asked specifically by Adam “The Bull” on Browns radio partner 92.3 The Fan if McCown is “at least the favorite to be the starting quarterback going into training camp,” Pettine said “I think it’s fair to say that.”
Later 92.3 The Fan clarified The Bull was asking if McCown is the favorite to start the season heading into camp. Pettine may have meant that McCown is the favorite to begin camp as the starter, not the season.
Regardless, the answer took things a step further than what Pettine said on April 21, nine days before the draft, when he wasn’t ready to say McCown was the likely starter for anything.
At that point, the Browns weren’t exactly sure yet how things might play out during the draft. They were still considering their options, including the possibility of trading up for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. They probably also would’ve at least considered trading for Sam Bradford had Eagles coach Chip Kelly been willing to part with him.
“We’re a ways away from just kind of worrying about how the depth part of it shakes out,” Pettine said that day. “They’re all in that room, and they’re all trying to learn it. Josh, obviously, has an advantage having been in this system where there’s a lot of carryover because he worked with (offensive coordinator John DeFilipppo) Flip before. I know a lot of those similar roots are in there, but we don’t really kind of get into depth charts and where guys are.”
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