Why Moving On From Weeden Is The Obvious Call


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.

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7 thoughts on “Why Moving On From Weeden Is The Obvious Call

  1. Pingback: Enough Is Enough. I Have Had It With This MotherF***in’ Weeden On My MotherF***in’ Browns. | Dawg Pound Nation

  2. I dont think that Weedon is an elite QB. That being said, he is the best the Browns have had since coming back. Given a chance he may yet do well. You need another solid receiver for him to throw to and a RT to keep him from eating grass.

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  3. Also he is a spread offense QB and outside of RG3 because he is a freak,no SO qb starts right out of college and he should have never started this year for an nfl team. It was a huge disadvantage in the draft because he is now 29 but that didnt matter because Tom Hekert had Bromance for him. Starting him this year was setting him up to fail and at least half the time he did.

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  4. I do not agree, part of our regretful instability is never giving anyone a chance. Yes; he sucked alot, but he did show he was capable of making all the throws. Not every rookie is created equal, and BW had a two rookies starting WR, a second year WR with occasional stone hands, a rookie back, and a rookie RT. With Pat Shurmur calling the plays

    im 100% sure any other starting QB had anything close to that inexperience around them, with a lets say ” below average” play caller. Outside of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning no one could have came to cleveland in 2012 and been great.

    He was a wasted 22nd over all pick, he is 29 years old, but he could be our Joe Flacco or Jay Cutler for the next 5-6 years while we develop the future is all im sayin’.

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  5. I agree that after the preseason and Philly game, I was very skeptical. He looked like Charlie frye, Brady Quinn, D. A. part 16 or however many qbs we have whiffed on. He did show some flashes though as Greg Little and Gordon started catching their stride. I’m interested to see what chud and norv turner can do with him. They will look at the practice footage, game footage, how well or poor his coaching was and get a clear picture of what his strengths are. Hopefully they won’t try to make a “round peg fit in a square hole” like shurmer did. I think we may see some things like shanahan did with cousins when they picked us apart. Not that Weeden will be running bootlegs, but he will have an opportunity to do what he does best and why the browns noticed him in the first place. He will get to go vertical and see the whole field more. When he doesn’t have to throw a 5 yard crossing route on 3rd and 8, I am interested to see how well he can sustain drives.

    On another note, Weeden was obviously handcuffed by shurmer. rg3 and luck had more opportunities to “take shots” and try to make plays. I agree with many cleveland football analysists that he was coached to not make mistakes and check down to the safe throw. On one hand, this is an obvious idea. Take care of the football, opportunities will present themselves. But guys like Weeden with the big arm need to throw one up every once in a while and let his guys make a play. I think Gordon and little are big and talented enough to do that on many of the nfl’s dbs. They will never learn to be elite nfl receivers and impose their will on the field if their qb is too scared to throw a pick and give them a shot. Overall, a veteran receiver like a cris carter to randy moss when moss was a young’n is all these guys need.

    My point is that the culture of the browns has been the same, besides 2007 when chud was here, that we play not to lose. We have not consistently had a qb/receiver core that will take shots and be the backbone of the offense. We can have that with the guys on this roster but the coaches need to inject that mentality into the players. Shurmer was not that guy. Let the new regime see if they can save Brandon weeden’s career and change the mentality of this team before we clean house and start over (again).

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