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Heckert says Browns “fully expect” Weeden to be starter

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Some mixed signals have emerged from Berea regarding whether the Browns will install quarterback Brandon Weeden as the starter in his rookie season.  On Monday night, G.M. Tom Heckert provided perhaps the clearest description yet of where things stand.

“I think when we say open competition, the best guy is gonna play,” Heckert told reporters at the 33rd annual Akron Browns Backers banquet, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal.  “That’s the way it is, but we drafted Brandon Weeden to be that guy   You draft a guy 22nd in the draft, you think he’s gonna be that guy.  You can write it and talk about it however you want.  The best guy’s gonna play, but we fully expect Brandon to be that guy.  Now if he’s not, and Colt [McCoy] plays better or Seneca [Wallace], whoever, but right now that’s our goal is to have [Weeden] be the guy.”

Heckert also said he can envision both McCoy and Wallace being on the final 53-man roster, even though speculation has persisted that McCoy will be traded.

Given the team’s experience in 2007, when Derek Anderson played before then-rookie Brady Quinn and played well enough to keep Quinn on the bench into 2008, when neither guy was able to succeed, it makes much more sense to install Weeden as the starter and see what happens.

It also makes sense to move McCoy, who could quickly become more popular than ever before if Weeden struggles early in his career.

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48 Responses to “Heckert says Browns “fully expect” Weeden to be starter”
  1. coop16 says: May 21, 2012 9:31 PM

    Sounds reasonable to me, especially since Weeden is 28 years old, as the article failed to mention. You don’t draft a 28-year-old with the idea that maybe he’ll be ready to play in a few years. If he doesn’t play right away, you wasted your draft pick. Anyway, it seems highly likely that Weeden will play immediately. The question is whether he will be any good.

  2. yeahyeahyeahbono14 says: May 21, 2012 9:35 PM

    Don’t the Bengals practice in Berea, Kentucky, during the offseason? What is with Ohio teams practicing in places named “Berea”?

    Oh, and to save anyone else the time/ lame energy: “Drew Brees wants an explanation.”

  3. tpa43 says: May 21, 2012 9:35 PM

    Get a QB coach?

  4. brownsclown says: May 21, 2012 9:36 PM

    They need to keep McCoy to have a quality back up in case Harrison breaks Brandon’s wee wee!

  5. trbowman says: May 21, 2012 9:37 PM

    One of Wallace or McCoy will be gone by the start of the year, imo.

    Shurmur still likes Thad Lewis in the developmental role and he’s flashed in preseason. Just me speculating but I suspect the loser of the McCoy/Wallace battle is dumped.

  6. blacknole08 says: May 21, 2012 9:39 PM

    Weeden will be the starter come Week 1. I sense a bit of a chip on his shoulder and genuineness when he talks about playing football. He’s also got a better arm than McCoy and can get the ball down the field, which now makes a player like Cribbs useful on offense as a potent deep threat and not expendable. Add T-Rich and he has a ground game to work with.

    The offense will be better with Weeden behind center.

  7. milehigh85 says: May 21, 2012 9:39 PM

    Oh Lord… Brady Quinn was mentioned. @trbowman should be posting any time now….

  8. bigzant82 says: May 21, 2012 9:41 PM

    LEGALIZE WEEDEN LOL
    HES GONNA START HIS ARM AND SKILLS CAN KEEP US IN GAMES WAY BETTER THEN MCCOYS SKILL SET CAN

  9. whodeytn says: May 21, 2012 9:42 PM

    On behalf of the Bengals, Ravens and Steelers.. I’d just like to say L O L

  10. belfastelf says: May 21, 2012 9:48 PM

    Browns are ready for a stable situation at QB. As much as every Brown would like to see Colt succeed they also understand he will not be that guy. Time for a change and hopefully Weeden ignites a spark in this team. Cleveland needs a leader.

  11. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: May 21, 2012 9:50 PM

    Steelers can’t help but lol at this.

  12. medtxpack says: May 21, 2012 9:51 PM

    Weeden>McCoy
    Wallace will be great backup for him.

  13. mungman69 says: May 21, 2012 9:55 PM

    It doesn’t matter what the Browns do, they are still the Browns. Will they win four games? I dunno.

  14. berniesboys says: May 21, 2012 9:55 PM

    I’m still shocked management put themselves (us) in this position with a gamble at QB with the 22nd pick with so many holes to fill. Shocked. Even as a Browns fan.

  15. gunndlewittlebaum says: May 21, 2012 10:00 PM

    A three legged horse can out run a turtle and a bag of dirt. I’m not sure I would call that competition though.

  16. killerron says: May 21, 2012 10:02 PM

    It’s hard to judge coming out of these college option spread offenses. McCoy was more of a run option where Weedon is more pass option. OSU chucked the ball all over the field last year.

    Ultimately Weedon “is the guy” due to draft position, ability, etc. Let’s figure out what this guy can or can’t do so we either herald him as a franchise savior or they guy who played QB before Matt Barkley.

  17. firegoodell says: May 21, 2012 10:05 PM

    I bet the rest of the AFC North is hoping he is the starter…the Bengals ranked 7th overall in defense, the Ravens ranked third in defense and the Steelers ranked 1st in total defense….those three defenses will make his life miserable. Just what a rookie QB should want to see 6 times..plus the NFC east for 4 games….sounds like a lot of fun for a rookie QB

  18. audient says: May 21, 2012 10:10 PM

    Weeden had better not suck. I thought the team should go with Colt for one more year. I hope H & H are right with this pick.

    That is all.

  19. hound32 says: May 21, 2012 10:12 PM

    i really wish the Browns would sign or trade for a veteran QB that knows the WCO . one who can help Weeden out this season . maybe AJ Feeley ? Seneca Wallace has changed his mind all of a sudden about ” helping out ” ..yeah your non productive azz is about to get cut and you know it . how much Wallace can help is up in the air .

  20. kodakinvegas says: May 21, 2012 10:17 PM

    Hopefully McCoy worked his butt off this past off season. If he did it will show. If not, hes most likely history

  21. mikelitoris1 says: May 21, 2012 10:23 PM

    Hey Brandon, you seem like a kewl and funny guy hehe ;) . We should like totally hang out together, how does…. errrr…. Sept 9th @ 1 PM sound? See u then <3

    Sincerely,
    <3 Trent Cole & Jason Babin <3

  22. brownsfandrinkingmakersmark says: May 21, 2012 10:25 PM

    Unfortunately, the Browns are not a playoff team this year. Might as well put Weeden in there, make sure he’s wearing his Life Alert button, and get some experience for future years…

  23. jackblackshairyback says: May 21, 2012 10:31 PM

    Weeden is already going to get the majority of the reps with the first team. You heard it here first.

  24. bensstinkyfingers says: May 21, 2012 10:36 PM

    It will all work out just fine whther it’s Weeden or Mccoy, the aging decrepid defenses in the Afc North are on the decline, while the browns D continues to work its way to the top. Now with a solid “o” oline and the best RB in the division, the balance of power begins to shift and the Brownies will soon reclaim their rightfull spot atop the AFC north and dominating for the next decade. It’s True, Let it be written ,so let it be done!

  25. ezg1 says: May 21, 2012 10:44 PM

    Daddy Dearest sure isn’t going too be pleased with this revolting development!

  26. sfm073 says: May 21, 2012 10:46 PM

    It would be silly to get rid of colt. He’s too young to write off and if weeden gets hurt you never know colt might come back a little more comfortable.

  27. stoneydog1000 says: May 21, 2012 10:46 PM

    the bengals don’t go to Berea,KY. But, it is a beautiful town.

  28. coop16 says: May 21, 2012 11:04 PM

    @yeahyeahyeahbono14: The Bengals don’t train in Berea, Kentucky. They train in Georgetown, Kentucky.

  29. ravenspit says: May 21, 2012 11:14 PM

    The only way Harrison breaks his wee wee is if he gums it too hard

  30. thetooloftools says: May 21, 2012 11:18 PM

    Funny…………..
    “Browns Fans Expect Heckert and Holmgren To Be Fired Next Year”.

  31. detroitrollin22 says: May 21, 2012 11:19 PM

    It doesnt matter who’s the starting QB. Their job will be to just hand the ball off to T-Rich. The Browns need some WRs to help out their QB. Greg Little can be a solid # 2, but they need that Stud WR

  32. heygfy says: May 21, 2012 11:25 PM

    We have the worst head coach in football (Browns, 2011)….and don’t even think about giving that a thumbs down it’s the absolute TRUTH! Guy couldn’t coach an all-star team to a .500 record. And I know press conferences and interviews have nothing to do with wins…but my god…the guy is a moron. Listen to him talk and tell me this is a guy who is going to get us to the playoffs! I can’t say that out loud without starting to laugh.

    References:

    1.) Browns, Cleveland. (2011) Weeks 1-16 season video archives.

  33. heyzeus143 says: May 21, 2012 11:28 PM

    doesn’t matter, he’s a brown

  34. Little Earthquake says: May 21, 2012 11:35 PM

    Who, which team and who again?

  35. tpa43 says: May 21, 2012 11:35 PM

    How many top pick GB’s have the the Browns drafted in the first 3 rounds since the Colts selected Peyton Manning in the 1998 draft? Zeier, Couch, Quinn, McCown, Frye, McCoy, Weeden. I count 7! That is a lot of wasted draft picks!

  36. ppc50 says: May 21, 2012 11:45 PM

    I would like to see Dallas trade for him or even trade Jenkins, who I like, for McCoy. I think Romo is good, but if he doesn’t get the Cowboys in the playoffs or past. at least, the first round, they will look for another QB. I think McCoy hasn’t been provided the WRs or coaching to succeed at the level that the Browns wish for – more like wishful thinking. Orton can play, but McCoy, with the right players, could be a very good QB.

  37. dirtybird70 says: May 21, 2012 11:45 PM

    They HAVE to start Weeden right now. He’s going to be 48 next year for crying out loud.

  38. billsfan1 says: May 21, 2012 11:52 PM

    the real question that is lurking in all of this is… when will Big Ben fondle a 17 year old girl in a divebar stall…

  39. billsfan1 says: May 21, 2012 11:54 PM

    Hey Brandon, you seem like a kewl and funny guy hehe . We should like totally hang out together, how does…. errrr…. Sept 9th @ 1 PM sound? See u then <3

    that sounds about right… it probably took those two all week to come up with that…

  40. 805_9er says: May 22, 2012 12:26 AM

    I say it’s between the Clowns and Fins for the first pick next year…

  41. baldeaglejohnie says: May 22, 2012 12:45 AM

    Sign McNabb! at a reasonable cost :)

  42. mrfrostyj says: May 22, 2012 12:48 AM

    I still don’t get what the fuss is. It’s a competition to see who will be handing the ball off to Trent Richardson and Brandon Jackson for 16 games.

    As for that last paragraph, that is a totally different situation. Brady Quinn was a home state guy which is why the Browns fans were behind him. They were behind Troy Smith too and he wasn’t even on the Browns. None of the QB’s currently in Cleveland are from Ohio or “The” Ohio State University so there isn’t much player loyalty this time around. The only way that changes is if Joe Haden decides he wants to be the starting qb then I’m pretty sure the people of Cleveland would then back him over all their current QB’s even if he was horrible at it.

  43. rowdymon says: May 22, 2012 1:29 AM

    I would not count out McCoy – he will lead a team somewhere. He wasn’t supposed to play under Mangini yet it happened. He had to learn an offense with no WRs, no line and no RBs in a short season. Weeden is lucky he has the OTAs to help him learn a new offense. McCoy would have loved that chance. As a die hard fan I will eventually support whoever is the QB, but McCoy got the short end of the stick.

  44. rozz513 says: May 22, 2012 1:58 AM

    I honestly think the Browns may actually have a good QB on there hands. With Richardson and Weeden, all that’s really left is a stud receiver and you guys will probably be winning some games very soon. Too bad the team wasn’t able to add a big vet like V. Jax or someone who can teach the young WR how to play the position well.

  45. blkmanwtan says: May 22, 2012 6:54 AM

    I’m trying to understand why people think McCoy is a good QB?
    This is the same guy who father made him sit out of a national championship game to save his draft stock – Colt has no heart
    Fans are screaming give him one more year, but he had two years of chances. Either you got it or you don’t. Brady took his from Bledsoe and Manning got his chance and they both ran away with it – Colt does not have the DNA of a NFL QB.
    If Weeden is good or bad, then the Browns made a good choice because they weren’t going far with Colt McCoy.

  46. pacodawg says: May 22, 2012 7:50 AM

    Breaking News! Thy expect him to be the guy! They drafted him in the 1st round, McCoy was a 3rd. McCoy has no arm. Wallace has been a 10 year back up. Heckert really went out on a limb with this bold statement.

  47. tdk24 says: May 22, 2012 9:05 AM

    Weeden will be a good nfl qb, as soon as he’s traded off that awful team he’s on now.

  48. steel9456 says: May 22, 2012 9:20 AM

    Such is the sad state of the Browns.

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