Wallace a QB Exception for Holmgren
Seneca Wallace

Posted May 18, 2010

Seneca Wallace doesn't have the requisite height associated with NFL quarterbacks, but...


Browns president Mike Holmgren likes his quarterbacks big and tall, but in the case of Seneca Wallace, at 5-foot-11 the shortest quarterback in the NFL, he was willing to make an exception.Holmgren coached Wallace in Seattle from 2003 until the end of the 2008 season when Holmgren took a year-long sabbatical from the NFL.

Wallace, a fourth-round draft choice by Seattle in 2003, did not play until 2005. He was the Seahawks' emergency quarterback in 2003 and '04 but did not play either season.

Wallace played quarterback in 47 games for the Seahawks with 14 starts. He has thrown 25 career touchdown passes and 14 interceptions. His busiest season was 2008 when he started eight games in place of injured Matt Hasselbeck. Wallace completed 141 of 242 passes that season for 1,532 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. He was 3-5 as a starter; the Seahawks were 4-12 that year. Over his career Wallace is 5-7 as a starter. He has completed 33 of 4556 passes for 3,547 yards.

Though he was no longer the Seahawks' general manager by 2003, Holmgren knew of Wallace before the Seahawks drafted him.

"I'm coming in with a lot of confidence and trying to come in and spark the team a little bit," Wallace told radio station 950 KJR in Seattle. "It's time to kind of start fresh.

"The sky's the limit. As long as I take advantage of every opportunity I get there in Cleveland, we'll see what happens from there. But I'm really excited about being back with Mike and (working with Coach Eric) Mangini. The future is bright for us in Cleveland."

Wallace could be used the way the Steelers once used Kordell Stewart, but Wallace has only four career catches, one for a touchdown, and 54 carries for 214 yards and a touchdown.

Everything now points to the Browns becoming a West Coast offense. Holmgren coached the West Coast in Green Bay and Seattle for 17 years and his right-hand man in the Browns' front office, Gil Haskell, was the offensive coordinator for Holmgren in Seattle. During the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month Holmgren said Haskell has been going over the nuances of the West Coast offense with Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.?

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