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With team president Mike Holmgren, general manager Tom Heckert, and head coach Pat Shurmur, the Browns are led by a group committed to one direct path. For the first time since the Browns returned to the NFL, there appears to be stability at all levels.
While Shurmur is a first-year head coach, he helped with the development of Sam Bradford and is an expert of the West Coast offense. He was not the biggest name in the coaching market, but he shares the same philosophy as Holmgren and Heckert (something Eric Mangini did not).
For past Cleveland quarterbacks, team stability was non-existent. Both Tim Couch and Brady Quinn were drafted by one regime, only to see it be replaced by another soon after.
McCoy has the support of a front office and coaching staff that is committed to building through the draft and winning long-term. While Shurmur is in his first year, he is the man Holmgren believes the Browns will win with.
Also, both Couch and Quinn were involved in quarterback controversies. By his fourth season, Couch was being pressured by Kelly Holcomb. After Holcomb performed brilliantly in the 2002 playoff loss in Pittsburgh, head coach Butch Davis opened up training camp in 2003 with a competition between the two for the starting position.
Brady Quinn had to sit behind Derek Anderson before getting his opportunity. This included a 2009 quarterback competition that led to a carousel at the position during the season.
Holmgren, Heckert, and Shurmur have all publicly declared their support of McCoy. While Seneca Wallace was brought back, it was clearly indicated that McCoy was the starter. The confidence of his superiors should alleviate pressure from McCoy.