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Position Battle: QB
The Cleveland Browns have come to a decision regarding the quarterback position battle between Colt McCoy, 2012 starting quarterback, and Brandon Weeden, 2013 1st round draft pick. They made their decision about half way through training camp. It was believed that the Browns were going to wait until after their first preseason game against the Detroit Lions to decide, who would lead the team into the season. Although, it is believed that this whole quarterback competition is all a sham, due to the pressure to get Weeden on the field quickly because of his age and the fact that the team spent a high draft pick to acquire the services of Brandon Weeden.
The Results are in!!!
The Cleveland Browns’ head coach Pat Shurmur named Brandon Weeden the starting quarterback after Monday’s practice. This move shows that the organization is comfortable in moving forward with Brandon Weeden based on his performance in this year’s training camp. I think they made a good move by committing to him, so they can focus on helping him become more acclimated with the offense and gain the confidence associated with being the starting quarterback. However, this move was severely foreshadowed because when you spend a 1st round pick on a player; the goal is for them is to produce and be an impact player. Especially when that player will turn 29 in his rookie season, so you don’t have much time to waste letting him sit on the sidelines trying to study the offense.
Is Weeden the Answer???
Brandon Weeden will enter the 2012-13 NFL season as the Browns 11th different starting quarterback, since they returned to Cleveland in 1999 as an expansion team. However, the organization and the fan base hope that they will not be in the market for a franchise quarterback for several years. Brandon Weeden has the tools necessary to become an exceptional quarterback being gifted with a strong and accurate arm. The only concern is whether Weeden can handle a quick transition from college to pros especially since the learning curve for NFL quarterbacks is quite high. I believe Brandon Weeden has a chance to successful in Cleveland, but the Browns will have their share of struggles due to the fact they are entering the season with a very young offense.