One mistake that the Browns and other traditionally losing franchises have in common is the obvious lack of an elite level quarterback. The other issue that seems to be on repeat is the unwillingness of teams like the Browns to cut their losses on bad quarterback selections. The most recent example is obviously Brandon Weeden. Having an entire season to evaluate, it seems pretty clear to anyone who has any knowledge of the quarterback position that Weeden is not an elite level quarterback. The idea that you need to develop quarterbacks over the course of multiple seasons is foolish. Elite quarterbacks should be and are evident from their first games. Certainly halfway or three quarters through a full season, it should be apparent. We really don’t need to look any further than this past season with Andrew Luck, RGIII, and Russell Wilson all having breakout years. All three rookies, all three very clearly set to be elite quarterbacks. Why does it take teams like the Browns so very long to realize that, by comparison, what we have just isn’t as good? If you can’t look at the film from this season and see that Brandon Weeden will never be on the level of a guy like Andrew Luck, and never match the production of an RGIII or a Russell Wilson, then you have no business evaluating NFL talent. And, if you can look and clearly see this to be the case, but you’re willing to waste seasons on a quarterback that will never be a true franchise QB, then you’re in the wrong business in general.
The simple fact is that while it might seem cold blooded, some guys just don’t have what it takes. If I were in the wrong career field in life, I’d rather find out earlier than later. While that might rub some competitive types the wrong way, I’d rather not waste my own time. And as a fan, I sure as heck would rather not waste my time watching more of these mediocre to sub-par quarterbacks at the helm of my team.