Shurmur hints at quarterback timetable

BEREA, Ohio -- Browns coach Pat Shurmur's standard response when asked about the preferred timetable to name a starting quarterback is "sooner rather than later." He said essentially the same thing when I asked him before Tuesday's practice.

But Shurmur went one step further Wednesday, hinting Brandon Weeden could be named the starter at the beginning of training camp in late July.

On Wednesday, Shurmur compared the Browns' quarterback situation to the one he had when he was the offensive coordinator in St. Louis. The Rams split reps throughout the offseason practices between Sam Bradford, the team's first-round pick, and A.J. Feeley.

"At the beginning of training camp, we named Sam the starter," Shurmur said Wednesday. "He had a pretty good year his first year."

Most assume it's only a matter of time anyway before Weeden receives the title as starting quarterback. Shurmur said ideally the Browns would already have a starter named.

"When you have new players that you really like, and that’s why you picked them, you just need to see them come in and do it before you make that move," Shurmur said.