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Holmgren holds off on McCoy assessment

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By Mike Wilkening

One of the subjects Browns president Mike Holmgren wouldn't address in a wide-ranging and nearly hour-long press conference Wednesday — which primarily centered on his explanation and defense of the club's handling of QB Colt McCoy's treatment after suffering a concussion in Week 14 — were his thoughts on McCoy's play. Holmgren said he and GM Tom Heckert would publicly address the situation at season's end. An NFL evaluator familiar with the West Coast offense told PFW he believes it takes a quarterback three years to become well-versed in the scheme, and he noted that McCoy — in just his second NFL season and his first in Pat Shurmur's offense — didn't have the benefit of a typical offseason because of the lockout. However, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, believes the Browns would be "hard-pressed" not to look at adding a quarterback if they had the chance to acquire a talented passer. "Mike would always consider another quarterback (as) an option," the evaluator said, though he said he specifically didn't know the Browns' thinking on bringing in another quarterback in 2012. If the Browns decide to bring in a challenger for McCoy or completely change course at quarterback, they will do so with an extra 2012 first-round pick in their favor.

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