Seneca Wallace open to mentoring Brandon Weeden
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Cleveland Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace made an appearance on WKRK FM/92.3 today and said that he’s not against mentoring young quarterbacks and that he’d be more than happy to help rookie Brandon Weeden.
“I know my job going into my 10th season of being in this offense is to prepare Brandon Weeden to get him right and make sure he’s ready to go for day one,” he said. “This is a different beast. This is a first-rounder that we drafted, 22nd overall and from a business standpoint you know and everybody else knows and outsiders know that this kid’s got to play. My job as a veteran guy is to make sure he’s ready to play.”
Wallace addressed his comments from last season in which he said that he’s “not a mentor” and that it isn’t his thing.
“I would love to address that,” he said. “That is not the case. Last year going into the season, there was an open competition with me and Colt Mccoy. I said if Colt was to ask me about anything I had related to the West Coast system, I was willing to do that for him.
“The competitor that I am, I still wanted to go out and play the sport and play in the West Coast system and try to earn a spot to be the starter. I couldn’t give him all of my tips. I didn’t want to give them all away, but if he asked, I was willing to help.
“Once we got into the season, and the season evolved and he was the guy, when he asked me for any type of ‘hey, what’s my drop here, what do I gotta do here?’ I was willing to help him on that. It’s not that I don’t want to help anybody else or nothing like that, but that was a different situation.
“Going into 2012 now, with Brandon Weeden coming in, he’s a first-round draft pick. We all know the business side of it and you’re going to see that guy play if it’s week one or week seven, he’s going to be playing.”
Wallace made it clear that those who believe he’s not a team player are wrong.
“People looking at me and saying that he doesn’t want to mentor, no, I’m more than willing,” he said. “I’ve been a team guy for 10 years. There’s never been a knock on me not being a team guy. I actually caught a ball from Colt McCoy this past season. It’s not that I’m not a team guy and don’t want to help out. At the same time, going into the season, I have to prepare myself to be ready to play in the event (someone gets hurt).”