Davis throws doors open in Browns' QB debate

<p>CLEVELAND: Davis throws doors open in Browns' QB debate<br> <br> Butch Davis has finally admitted what everyone expected: The Cleveland Browns will have competition for the quarterback spot in training camp.<br> <br>

"Tim Couch knows it and Kelly Holcomb knows it: The best quarterback is going to play," Davis said. "I don't care who it happens to be."

Davis said the choice of starter will not come down to money or draft status -- indicating that Holcomb will have a fair shot at winning the job in camp.

"You can't play favorites," Davis said. "It comes down to who executes the best, who has the best command of the offense and who can get the ball in the end zone."

Holcomb thrust himself into the team's quarterback derby by throwing for 429 yards in a playoff loss to Pittsburgh. His mastery of the offense and ability to throw on time brought into question the status of Couch, the player the team dubbed the franchise quarterback after drafting him first overall in 1999.

However, Davis said the Browns are not trying to trade Couch -- rumors to the contrary. The Browns' coach said that notion has not been discussed.

"We've looked at scenarios and free agency and all those kind of deals," Davis said, "and (trading a quarterback has) never been one of the things that we've discussed and talked about."

Would the Browns listen to offers?

They'd be foolish not to. If, for instance, a team wanted to give Cleveland two first-round picks for a quarterback (Couch or Holcomb), the Browns would have to listen.

But Davis said the team has not solicited offers, and rumored talk of a Couch-for-Brian-Urlacher or Couch-for LaVar-Arrington deal are just that -- rumors.

"That hasn't even entered into the equation," he said.

Davis considers quarterback a position of strength for the Browns -- along with receiver and running back. He wants to focus in the offseason on areas he needs to improve, not on areas of the team that already are strong.

He then reiterated what has been his offseason mantra concerning the quarterback position: "We're fortunate to have two guys we believe we can win with."




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