Transcript from Post Draft News Conference with Joe Banner and Coach Chud

Here is the full press transcript from the news conference held with Browns CEO Joe Banner and Head Coach Rob Chudzinski from immediately after the 2013 NFL Draft.

Joe Banner

(Opening statement)- “A couple things I think you already know. We signed (Davone) Bess to a three-year contract extension, so including the year he already has that’s four years. We have agreements with, we won’t have them signed so we won’t release any of the names yet, 17 undrafted free agents. We’ll get you those names as soon as we get the contracts back but until we do that we don’t want to put them out. That probably won’t be until tomorrow morning. We’re still working, we probably have two more spots to fill. I just want to talk a little philosophically about what we did. We view Bess as part of the draft and we were fortunate being able to trade back a couple spots to acquire him, keep the same number of picks and then as you know we were able to take those picks and trade them for future picks. The philosophy really is to treat everything we have, whether it’s a draft pick, an undrafted free agent, cap space, whatever it is as an asset and try to maximize the value we can get for it. We took our fourth round pick for example, traded back to pay for part of Bess and then traded that for a future third round pick. We feel like, for a fourth round pick that’s about as much value as you can possibly hope to get. He’s a good player, still good enough to contribute for a while. Again, he’s very high character, all the things that we keep talking about that we’re looking for. Then we were able to trade the pick and have the asset of a third round pick next year. That’s how we’re thinking about those things, what’s the best value that we can get out of each of those assets, with having in mind the idea of building a really good team over two to three years as opposed to just worrying about filling every single need that we could identify for this moment. That’s just kind of an overview behind the moves you saw us make today.”

Joe Banner

(On if they stuck with their plan going into the draft)-“We were open to the idea of trading for future picks if we could get the right value, but we also went in, I mean frankly I think if you had asked us this morning we would have thought we were going to use those picks. We thought we had good players identified but you start getting into the fourth and fifth round, I’m not going to tell you they’re guys you know that are going to be stars. But as we were able to go through and finalize the best trades, we were a little further in the fourth round as we got an offer that we thought was really good value for the pick as we looked at who was available, I think we had open mindedness about that possibility and then made the decision to use it that way.”

Joe Banner

(On if the plan all along was to improve the defense in free agency and the draft)- “Yeah, to a degree. We were trying to focus on making sure we got players that we thought made us better. I think the difference is on offense we think we have a lot of young guys who are not quite sure what they are going to be over time. So we were inclined to give them some time and see how they develop and then we’ll be able to identify where we’re at. On defense, we felt it was clear to identify what talent was out there, what talent we had, match it up with the philosophy we’ve been talking about and make some moves that will make the team better. It was a little bit of both.”

Joe Banner

(On why they traded with the Steelers who initiated it)-“We had so many causable trades. I think they called us first. Although we had multiple trade offers for that pick, including other teams offering the same thing and we felt that was the best trade to make. Time will tell who got the better of the deal.”

Joe Banner

(On if they have a philosophical problem trading within their division)- “I’m going to sound, I don’t know where this is going to lead, but I prefer to trade within the division. You don’t make a trade that you don’t think you’re winning. So if you’re winning a trade in your own division you’re even better than winning a trade in another division. Obviously, that can burn you from time to time. If you look in Philadelphia, we traded (Donovan) McNabb to the Redskins and everybody thought, ‘Oh my god. What are they doing? They are giving a quarterback to a team in the division.’ We thought we strengthened the Eagles, and in time we didn’t really do anything that helped the competitors. We try to make the best deal, it didn’t really matter who it was, but we’re also not afraid at all of making a trade within the division if we think it benefits us.”

Joe Banner

(On if the trade with the Steelers had anything to do with the Giants’ trade before that pick)- “That trade had nothing to do with anything other than our board and our own value.”

Joe Banner

(On if they had other 2014 third round offers for their fourth round pick)- “I don’t want to get that specific, but other offers that involved future picks. There were other opportunities.”

Rob Chudzinski

(On Jamoris Slaughter)- “Just looking at Jamoris, we felt good looking at his film from the year before, not this past season. Obviously, he is coming off the injury. We felt good medically from the research that we had done and he’ll be back at full speed. That’s still going to take a little time in him getting back into it, but we saw a player who was extremely productive, and very versatile that played on the slot, been able to cover people man to man and also blitzed and played back deep. He’d been able to do a number of different things and we really liked the player we saw at that particular time, and projecting forward, that he we would be able to be in the mix and be able to compete for the safety positions.”

Joe Banner

(On why they would draft a player coming off an Achilles injury after they cut Chris Gocong who had the same injury)- “I think the difference is player evaluation in terms of we are picking the in the sixth round and we feel like we have a player who has a chance to be a contributor – much more than you would get in the sixth round. Our medical staff was very optimistic about the medical part of it. We thought this would be good value.”

Rob Chudzinski

(On Tashaun Gipson)- “Well from what we have been able to see – very positive on Tashaun and his work ethic and how he has approached things out on the field. He has some good instincts as a player and solid skills. Again, he’s a younger guy and we will see once we get into pads and into real football, how he looks.”

Joe Banner

(On if there is any worry that the focus is already down the road when the 2013 season is coming up)- “We are not asking for a free pass for this year. We expect to improve. We expect it to be conspicuous. As you look at the individual players we added and the way the coaches bring them together and get them in sync, we are not saying that we don’t expect to be better. We are not going to reach all of our goals or fill all of our needs this year. But we think we will play exciting, aggressive football. I think it will be clear that the team is continuing to improve as I think it has for the last year or two and positioning itself well to have a chance to become very good and sustain it.”

Rob Chudzinski

(On if he has a different view because he is trying to win next year as a coach)- “Our goal is to win and it always will be. We will approach it from that standpoint. I want us to progress and improve on a daily basis. That is always the focus of a coach, you are focusing on today and improving today. That is the approach that we have taken up to this point with our guys and we will continue to approach it that way.”

Joe Banner

(On the quarterback situation)- “Quarterback is an important position. We are always going to be open to looking at the position. We are always going to be evaluating everybody and every option there is to get stronger there. That’s just a matter of organizational philosophy.”

Rob Chudzinski

“As far as the draft goes, I think the value and the ranking and rating and how we had players stacked with the timing of when the draft was just didn’t match up. As far as the guys that are here, I want to see and we want to give them every opportunity to improve. They have ability and we are excited about them as players to see them grow and how they progress in the system. We feel good about the group that we have.”

Joe Banner

(On if the Giants trading in front of them impacted them trading in the fourth round)- “I answered that question before, the players picked in front of us and around us had no impact on the decision to go ahead and make that trade.”

Joe Banner

(On if Jimmy Haslam was actively involved in the draft)-“He’s actively involved in his way, which I think I’ve described. He holds everybody to a high standard. He asks a lot of very good, very smart questions that are good things to make sure we think through. He is a very positive energy and force to have around. Everyone feels like we have his support. He just uplifts, you’ve been around him, he up lifts the energy around him. He is just a very positive, happy guy. He was here all weekend and it was great to have him.”

Rob Chudzinski

(On having inexperienced players at wide receiver)- “We feel good about that group. There are young players who have ability and talent. We would like to give them the opportunity to develop them and work with them. We were talking a little about Josh Gordon who was basically our second round pick this year. He is a young guy. Davone, we were able to get. We’re excited about him. He is a proven guy in this guy and has been very productive. He’s a guy that can win matchups and help you win particularly in critical situations in games. You look at Greg Little and the improvement he has been making. Travis Benjamin and his speed and some of the things he brings. It’s a group that we’ve had a chance to see a little bit on the field that we are excited about. I would say the same thing about the tight ends. That’s what we do as coaches is take those guys who may not have the experience right now and work with them to improve and get better. They need to get better in a hurry and am confident in our coaching staff that we will get that done.”

Joe Banner

“We think of our draft as the five players we drafted plus Gordon plus Bess plus two quality future draft picks. When you look, before the (Colt) McCoy trade we have six draft picks. What value did we turn that into? It’s Gordon, Bess, plus the players we picked, plus the two future assets that we have acquired and hopefully some good decisions with the undrafted guys. Almost every one of the really good teams in the league has some undrafted players that have cone through and contributed to the team. We view the last couple hours as an important part of the draft as well.”

Rob Chudzinski

(On Armonty Bryant)- “As you looked at Armonty on tape and we’ve had a chance to study him – actually Joe Cullen went out and worked him out as well. So we got to know him a little bit better than the cursory glance at a guy. He’s an explosive, speed off the edge, good sized defensive end who can apply pressure to the quarterback. He’d be that type of player in our scheme. He can put weight on. I think he is 265 or somewhere in that range. He has a big frame and is real raw. He’s a guy that you look at that you are excited about what he can be if he develops and works at it. Through the course of looking into his background with Coach Cullen out there, as well as our scouting staff, we felt like he is passed the mistakes that he has made and ready to move on. He has matured.”

Joe Banner

(On the philosophy of drafting two Division II players and how he found them)- “This is mostly the work of Michael Lombardi, Jon Sandusky, John Spytek, Ray Farmer and the rest of the crew. They did a great job getting us ready for this. It’s a matter of leaving no stone unturned. Sometimes you can find value in those spots. They found them, they identified them, we went through the process with the scouts and the coaches evaluated them. We felt they had a chance to help us and we went ahead.”

Joe Banner

(On if there is more concern because they are taking a bigger leap from Division II)- “There is a little bit more of a projection when you do that. You trust yourself, we had a lot of eyes on it and a lot of opinions. Probably had at least five scouts and two to three coaches on every single player that we seriously considered. Maybe even more on some cases. You just have to trust that collective wisdom.”

Rob Chudzinski

(On if not drafting a quarterback shows commitment to Brandon Weeden)- “Again, I feel good about the group. How all that plays out, we’ll see and know in time. I’m excited about Brandon and the progress he has made thus far, learning the system to the point we are right now, which is still very early. I’ve also been pleased with Jason (Campbell) and the role he has taken in being there. We want to give these guys every opportunity to succeed and give Brandon, since you are asking about him specifically, every opportunity to succeed.”

Rob Chudzinski

(On if they are moving forward with the intent that Weeden is the guy)- “We’re going to proceed as we are proceeding right now. Brandon is getting the reps with the first team and working with the first group. A lot of this will remain to be seen. We get into pads and we get into real football instead of the football where you run around in shorts on air, which is what we are doing right now.”

Joe Banner

(On if he can say now whether or not Josh Gordon was worth the second round pick)- “My answer is the same as it was. I think Josh has a lot of potential and we are excited about what he can do. We’re all going to see how he develops and what he can turn into. In the end that question will answer itself, I think. We’re certainly rooting for him to prove that was a great decision.”

Rob Chudzinski

(On if Garrett Gilkey is a guard or tackle- “He has played tackle and then played guard in the Senior Bowl. He has played some of both so we’ll see when he gets in. He has played primarily on the left side and we’ll see if he can play on the right side. We’ll see when he gets in.”

Rob Chudzinski

(On if Bryant is an outside linebacker or defensive end)-“More defensive end.”

Rob Chudzinski

(On what he liked about Gilkey)- “Big guy, good size, has really good feet for a big man and can bend very well. He went into the Senior Bowl and played very well against those guys and competed. Coming from Chadron State and competed against those guys. He has lined up against guys from Florida State, North Carolina and everywhere else and looked like he fit right in. It didn’t faze him one bit. He’s a tough guy and has the kind of attitude that we want.”

Rob Chudzinski

(On Gilkey’s past health conditions)- “We did all the research on him and we felt good about that.”

Joe Banner

(On their reaction to Quentin Groves)- “I think we said all there is to say about it. We’re aware of it, we’ve spoken to him. Chud has met with him extensively. There’s really nothing more to add to that.”


One Pound Of Sadness: Beginning To Love Chud

I’ll be honest with you.  When the Browns whiffed on Chip Kelly, and made no clear effort to go after any other big name coaches on the market, I was pretty discouraged.  Then, when they hired a non-headline coach in Rob Chudzinski, I was ready to slam the door on the new ownership “regime”.  I mean, did these guys know the precarious situation they were walking in to?  A rabid fans base, arguably one of the most involved, certainly one of the most loyal, in the entire NFL.  A fan base who has experienced nothing but failure after failure, disappointment after disappointment, literally for longer than I have been alive (I’m racing up on 30).  And to this fan base, who they needed to win over, they throw some no-name head coach to, and hire the much maligned Mike Lombardi to be the GM.  How could this be the good start they desperately needed?  Did they realize how bad this looked?

Then, I started to pay attention a bit more to Coach Chud.  The things the man said, the things he does, and (probably most importantly to the oft nostalgic Browns fans) to the things he HAS done.  I won’t lie, I started this from a fairly critical, openly sarcastic position.  Coach Chud wasn’t getting a fair shake at this from me, but I’ll be honest in saying that he’s started to win me over. Why? Well, I took the name away. I made him simply “Coach X” in my head. Then I thought about what he brings to the table as the Browns Head Coach.

1. Passion.

There is no question that Coach Chud is the single most passionate head coach the Browns have had in my lifetime. He WANTS to be here. Cleveland, unbelievably, was his dream job. You are probably not going to find another Head Coach option where this is the case. Most guys would use Cleveland to show that they can get the job done in a more glamorous market. The Cleveland Browns head coaching position is not one that most coaches look at as a final, permanent spot. The hard truth is that this has been a disaster of a football franchise for more than 40 years (one-to-two year stretches of non-mediocrity don’t count, those were flukes imo). Who wants to be responsible for an extension of that disaster? The answer is, simply, Chud. Chud wanted this job, badly. He grew up, like the rest of us, as a Browns fan who desperately wanted his favorite team to be better than the mess that they were/are. And now he’s in a position to do something about it. Now as we know, passion alone is not enough…

2. Brains.

The guy has the brains to turn this thing around. He’s widely considered to be one of the most innovative, creative young minds in the NFL. Now, since Chud has never coached a national champion contender in college, or been a head coach in the NFL, he’s flown under most of the national medias radar. To get a real opinion of him, you need to ask the guys he’s coach under. The opinion you come up with is unanimous. Heaps of praise, tons of respect, and an almost glowing admiration from his former superiors. It’s not an accident that so many people share the same opinion of Coach Chud. He might be one of the best guys in the league at breaking down film (which he does borderline obsessively), which is big in my eyes. Coaches who obsess over film are the ones who get the real, objective story. Film doesn’t get emotional, it isn’t biased. Winning coaches are the ones who follow the film.

Outside of that, Chud did something that Chip Kelly has yet to do, which is successfully apply the spread offense to the NFL. Think about who the first QB to have great success running the spread. A hint, it was RGIII/Kaepernick/etc. It was Cam Newton, smashing rookie QB records in the system Chud built. That is no accident…

3. Past Success

Coach Chud has been successful at every level he’s coached thus far. Most notably as a TE coach/asst head coach in San Deigo, where he helped build Norv’s vaunted offense. In Cleveland in 2007, he took an objectively awful QB in Derek Anderson and built a system for him that made him a pro bowl QB. Additionally, its worth noting that it was statistically the Browns most successful offense in well over 30 years. Then, as I noted above, he was the one who brought the spread successfully to the NFL, building around Cam Newtons unique skill set. Now, its worth noting the immense versatility this shows. Cam Newton and Derek Anderson and Phillip Rivers are all about as different from one another as Quarterbacks can be. Yet, Chud was able to work out a system for each that played to their strengths, covered up their weaknesses, and allowed them to thrive.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are still question marks. Can Chud’s systems be sustained over the long haul? He only got a year with DA, and Cam certainly had a little drop off in his second season. Can Chud adapt when NFL defenses start to figure out his systems? This is certainly a matter for concern, but after a neutral examination of the facts, I’m willing to get behind the kid from Toledo and give him a shot. Besides, what’s the worst that can happen, we can have a few more losing seasons?

One Pound of Sadness: “We’re not going 13-3 next year”

“We’ve won 23 games in the last five years, won 14 games in the last three, so we’re not going to go 13-3 next year,” Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam said.

That one line out of his recent interview with the Cleveland media at the NFL League Meetings on Tuesday sent the wretched Cleveland Sports media into convulsions, and rubbed many a Browns fan the wrong way.  From my perspective though, I heard something a little different.  I heard a team owner in Cleveland finally being objective.  Finally, a guy who will tell you the cold, hard truth, regardless of if its what you want to hear or not.  Seriously, for how many years have the Lerners and Modell before them pumped up average-at-best, league-bottom-feeders-at-worst teams to be something they were not?  Don’t get me wrong, the pathetic media in Cleveland eats it up, and the fans are so desperate for something resembling a respectable football franchise that so do we.  It has never been based in reality however.  You need only to take a step back, look/listen/read the opinions of the national media on what our Cleveland Browns are/have been, and a very different image starts to form.

Our defense, with the signings we’ve made thus far, and the assumed picks early in the draft, has the POTENTIAL to be good.  By good, I mean top 1/3rd of the NFL.  That’s a realistic assumption, based on where they were last year, who they brought in, what those upgrades mean, and the guy leading the show (Ray Horton).

Ray HortonI trust this guy that much.

The offense, however, stands to be one of the very worst in professional football.  Brandon Weeden is a below average NFL Quarterback, and he’ll be over 30 this season, which is only his 2nd in the NFL.  Trent Richardson is a beast, but he’s injury prone and has no support from the passing game.  The offensive line is solid, but we didn’t fill those holes at Guard, which aren’t going to help overworked T-Rich one bit.  We have one exceptionally talented young receiver (Gordon), and one who the jury is still out on (Little).  We have zero viable tight ends.  We potentially have no fullback.  And ending where we began, we have an old, inexperienced waste of a 1st round pick at Quarterback.  The Browns will never, ever, ever be a winning football team until they can address the gaping hole at the most important position on the field (QB).

Brandon WeedenYup, this is your current franchise QB Cleveland.

Haslam/Banner/Chud are smart enough to realize that this is not the draft to find the future Quarterback of the Cleveland Browns.  Sure, there are some interesting prospects, but those usually fail here in Cleveland, and we need to wait until there is a “sure thing” type QB prospect, or at least something close.  Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib, even Matt Barkely are interesting prospects, but they aren’t sure things.  Andrew Luck was a sure thing.  RGIII was pretty close to a sure thing.  Now, don’t get me wrong, you can get lucky.  You can stumble upon a great quarterback.  But, the chances of finding a Tom Brady are a lot slimmer than waiting to find a Peyton Manning.  And much more based on chance.

So, knowing that we won’t have a terribly effective offense this season, Haslam and Co are doing the smart thing, hedging their bets and tempering expectations at home.  Its hard for Cleveland fans to hear, I know, but its the truth and its smart.  The Browns only spent about half of their massive cap room on free agents.  They haven’t traded away any draft picks.  They are holding themselves to being committed to building a team the right way, for the long haul.  You do that through the draft and through developing young talents.  Let teams like Miami try and buy wins, because I guarantee you that they don’t get far like that, and they mortgage their future on a couple extra wins for a couple years.  Its bad business, and its not how you run a franchise.

So no, Haslam didn’t tell you what you wanted to hear.  But he told the truth, and if you look past the headline, he said the right thing.  A few more parts of that interview that I found

“I wish we could have done on offense what we did on defense but you’ve got to spend your money selectively and smartly. A lot of it had to do with the players who were available. I’ve got high confidence we’re going to be a lot better on defense. I think Chud and Norv will do a great job with their offense. I’ll just continue to state this. You’ll get tired of hearing me say it. This is a process, and we’re in it for the long run and we’re going to do it over several years. We’re going to do it the right way. I don’t want to be sitting here two years from now and we’re cutting two players because we didn’t use the cap wisely.

I agree.  There were too many boom-or-bust offensive players available (See: Mike Wallace), and too many guy that just didn’t fit into a Chud/Norv system.  Why spend money on the wrong parts?

“I think you can have internal competition and you can have external competition. This is the first time I’ve gone through free agency, and of course you have the draft. It’s still a pretty long time till camp, right? I think we start officially in mid-July. I think we’ll see how things shape up.”

The cynical Browns fan in me read that and as “WE ARE DRAFTING A QUARTERBACK”.  Breathe Shawn, breathe.

“I don’t see us doing Hard Knocks.I think it interferes with your basic football operations. I think you’ve all heard me say this and I tell everybody in the building this every time we have a team meeting: We’re all about winning games and, two, giving the fans a great experience. If you’re doing anything besides the two of those, you’re not working on the right stuff.”

Couldn’t agree more.  I’m glad we’re not interested in becoming a circus like the Jets or the Dolphins.  We don’t need that crap in Cleveland.

“We talked about it a lot at these meetings and I think we continue to improve there. Not just with the Browns, but what every team has to worry about — and (President) Alec Scheiner’s main job is what we call fan experience, game day experience. The experience is so good at home now. Let’s face it, Cleveland in November, December, can be a pretty tough place, weather-wise, so why don’t I stay home and sit on my couch and watch three games at one time or watch whatever I want to and I can grab a beer right here, etc.?

“I think what every NFL owner’s got to do is make that three and a half hours of the game better than it is at home. We’ve got to give you some things at the stadium you can’t get at home. We spent two hours this morning talking about it in the meeting. I’m not ready to share that, but there’s a lot of great ideas. Minimal impact for the ’13 season but I think some pretty dramatic impact in ’14 going forward.”

I don’t really care too much about PSL’s, or not having PSL’s, but I think this little bit gives you an insight into the way of thinking of the guy who owns our team now.  And I’ve got to tell you, I like what I see.  He’s smart, he’s got a mind for business, and he’s focused on the right things.  Even if I have major gripes with some of the players on our team, for now I feel a little better knowing that Haslam is the guy steering the ship.

Targeted Aggression

As bad as the Browns have been offensively since 1999, I’ve been just as frustrated watching the defense.  Regardless of scheme, coaches or players, it looks the same year after year.  We see them give up lots of yards on the ground, always lose time of possession, hope to force enough field goals to keep the game within reach, and most of the time give up big plays at the end of the game.  “Bend-but-don’t-break” is a losing philosophy in today’s league.  It is far too easy for offenses to take what you give them and pick you apart until all that’s left is the carcass.  You have to disrupt the quarterback and make big plays, so constructing a tenacious pass rush is the highest priority.  In 2011, the Giants (with a suspect secondary) were able to beat Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady because they have some athletic freaks up front that were able to cause chaos and kill drives.  I am thrilled that the Browns have identified this and prioritized the pass rush in free agency.

Paul Kruger is capable and experienced, and we should be getting his prime years (unlike the Fujita and McGinest signings from years past).  The Browns may have overpaid him and I don’t believe he’s as good as most seem to think, but I have no doubt that he’ll help Ray Horton’s new defense.

The Browns also signed Desmond Bryant to some good money, probably more than he was expecting a few weeks ago when he took one of the most priceless mug shots of all-time when he was arrested on a “criminal mischief” charge.  Bryant has great size and athleticism and statistically was one of the best pass rushing defensive tackles in the league last year.  This addition to the line gives Horton all kinds of flexibility and depth.  The defensive line was the strongest unit on the team last year and looks even stronger going into this season.

Horton was able to convince the Browns to bring in one of his guys in Arizona last year, Quentin Groves.  Groves had his best season as a pro under Horton and should also be a positive contributor to the Browns pass rush from the outside linebacker position.

Like most fans, I’m stunned Banner has not signed a corner yet, given how many were available, but I’m OK with that given what they have signed so far.  I don’t like using early round draft picks on defensive players that you’re projecting to use differently than they were used in college, so filling the outside linebacker holes with experienced, solid players is an excellent strategy.  The Browns will almost certainly draft a corner and still may sign Grimes or Munnerlyn.

I had a mentor who taught strategy at the War College who told me that most battles are won by the aggressors.  This is true of football as well.  In his introductory press conference, Coach Chud said he wanted an aggressive, attacking defense.  The hiring of Horton and these three signings are big steps in achieving that goal and finally changing the passive defensive culture that has resided here since 1999.  The front office has  made aggressive moves to become a more aggressive team, but it seems like a more focused, targeted aggression than what we’ve seen from teams like Tampa last year and Miami this season, who desperately threw big money at big names and hoping things change.  I’m very encouraged so far by this new regime’s approach.

Chud Won’t Rule Out Trading Weeden/McCoy

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When pressed, Coach Chud won’t commit to keeping either Brandon Weeden or Colt McCoy in Cleveland, and all signs seem to point to him leaving the possibility of replacing them (one or both) via the draft or free agency. And why should he?  Though there are those in Cleveland who are fond of Weeden and/or McCoy, the reality is that neither is going to be an elite NFL quarterback, and neither is the long term answer to the most important position in a franchise.  Weeden, even if he does get better, is just simply too old to invest in long term, and McCoy does lack the physical traits and arm strength of upper echelon quarterbacks.  Why shouldn’t the Browns go out and find a better solution, either short or long term to their constant quarterback woes.  From my perspective, the sooner you admit a mistake, the sooner you can correct it.  In my opinion, drafting Weeden was a mistake.  Using a first round pick on him was a disaster, and drafting another rookie quarterback to replace the incumbent McCoy was just the wrong move.  The sooner we move on, the better.