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Brandon Weeden looks like Browns’ starter by default

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When the Browns hired Mike Lombardi as general manager and Rob Chudzinski as head coach, there was a lot of talk that they weren’t enamored with the starting quarterback they inherited, Brandon Weeden. But as the Browns open their offseason workouts, Weeden looks like the No. 1 quarterback by default.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Weeden will take most of the snaps with the first offense this offseason, and the assumption is he will be the Week One starter.

Lombardi, Chudzinski and the rest of the Browns’ decision makers reportedly don’t think any of the quarterbacks in this year’s draft is worthy of their No. 6 overall pick, and so it appears that they won’t take a quarterback in the first round of the draft. After spending a first-round pick on Weeden last year, the Browns aren’t likely to spend a first-round pick on another quarterback this year.

As for the other three quarterbacks on the roster, only Jason Campbell would seem to have any chance of beating Weeden out in a quarterback competition, as Colt McCoy doesn’t appear to have any future with the team and Thaddeus Lewis has never been better than third on a depth chart. Campbell took backup money from the Browns and will apparently be the backup to Weeden.

At least, Campbell will be the backup to Weeden at first. If Weeden struggles, Campbell is there to take the No. 1 job. But at the moment, the No. 1 job is Weeden’s.

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43 Responses to “Brandon Weeden looks like Browns’ starter by default”
  1. alokian says: Apr 1, 2013 6:46 AM

    The optimism in this article is overwhelming!

  2. woodg8 says: Apr 1, 2013 6:54 AM

    Campbell should be the starter. He took ‘backup money’ because he’s got 100 times more chance of being a starter in Cleveland than Chicago

  3. beckzhere says: Apr 1, 2013 6:57 AM

    And Browns fans everywhere shake their head in frustration.

  4. elcapitanfiscal says: Apr 1, 2013 7:00 AM

    Lol he is going to be 30 soon, they should start looking for his .

  5. benroethlisberger7 says: Apr 1, 2013 7:01 AM

    That is, until they draft a QB in each of the first three rounds. They are beyond the point of desperation.

  6. rocketdogsports says: Apr 1, 2013 7:03 AM

    The Factory of Sadness is undergoing some very interesting renovations. However, the QB problem remains the biggest unresolved issue of all.

  7. donmcg2012 says: Apr 1, 2013 7:09 AM

    About time we gave a qb more than a one and done. We’ll see what this benroethisberger7 poster has to say when the Steelers hit rock bottom in the AFC north this upcoming season. What kind of adult nuses an athetles names as a handle? Time for school Benny, don’t miss your bus.

  8. prosourcetalk says: Apr 1, 2013 7:10 AM

    There are a lot better QB’s coming out next year

  9. bigbenownsthenfl says: Apr 1, 2013 7:32 AM

    Hahaha. I can’t get enough laughter out of this pathetic organization!

  10. audient says: Apr 1, 2013 7:36 AM

    By default? Or by design?

    If not Weeden, then who?

    Weeden starts, Campbell backs up. If Weeden falters, Campbell serves as the placeholder until a franchise QB is found. If Weeden rises to the occasion, the QB position is resolved and Campbell backs up for two years, maybe more.

    And this is a bad thing?

  11. grpatriot says: Apr 1, 2013 7:50 AM

    Ryan Mallett? Should only cost a 2nd. Lombardi really likes him and the Pats are short some draft picks…

  12. t8ertot says: Apr 1, 2013 7:55 AM

    Didn’t they pass up on RG3? I don’t trust their judgement in quarterbacks in the draft

  13. gonavybeatarmy says: Apr 1, 2013 7:59 AM

    Is his skill set really that much different from Flacco’s? He’s big, strong-armed, immobile, average accuracy.

  14. joetoronto says: Apr 1, 2013 8:08 AM

    Might as well stick with Weeden for now, JaCampbell has no spirit and is intent on checking down every play.

  15. dawgswillhunt says: Apr 1, 2013 8:13 AM

    Weeden will tear it up in Chud and Norv’s offense. All you haters will be eating your words this fall.

  16. brownspower says: Apr 1, 2013 8:16 AM

    With a professional coaching staff planning and calling plays and a more aggressive style offense, Weeden has a chance to become a much better QB. He may surprise us.

  17. metspeed21 says: Apr 1, 2013 8:19 AM

    I’m a Browns fan and I’m excited to see Weeden play in a vertical offense. He must be as sick of those 3 step drops with the ball batted down in his face as we are. If we had reasonable expectations to begin with, we wouldn’t be so disappointed with the Browns rookie record he set for passing yards.

  18. Al says: Apr 1, 2013 8:21 AM

    Uh… Weeden is making backup money too, and he’s not “their guy”. There will be a pretty quick hook if Weeden struggles.

  19. hodag54501 says: Apr 1, 2013 8:21 AM

    Apparently the Browns fans didn’t see much of chatter out of Chicago about Campbell. They weren’t too upset he’s gone.
    After McCoy is cut, he would fit in well behind Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. With some work with Mike McCarthy, he could raise his game. I get nervous thinking about a Rodger’s injury and Graham Harrell in there.

  20. sguy2130 says: Apr 1, 2013 8:25 AM

    benroethlisberger7 says:
    Apr 1, 2013 7:01 AM
    That is, until they draft a QB in each of the first three rounds. They are beyond the point of desperation.

    ——————————————————-

    Not as desperate as a semi-educated football player taking advantage of a college girl in a bathroom. Judging by your screen name, I assume who you know whom I am referring to.

  21. rukkus1 says: Apr 1, 2013 8:36 AM

    Maybe they could put t rich under center on passing downs

  22. nviverson says: Apr 1, 2013 8:37 AM

    I wish we would just find “the guy” to be our quarterback! Sheesh! I believe Weeden will be good, but he is almost 30. Whatever brings winning football to a city that needs it badly!

  23. macbull says: Apr 1, 2013 8:38 AM

    Among the rookie starters, only Andrew Luck threw for more yds than Weeden last season.

    Weeden had fewer interceptions than Luck, who lead all rookie QBs with 18 ints…Weeden had 17 ints.

    Weeden’s completion percentage was 57.4%…Luck’s completion percentage was 54.1%.

    Weeden’s QB rating (72.6) was 3.9% less than Luck’s (76.5).

    Weeden’s supporting cast was the youngest, most inexperienced of all the rookie QBs last season…rookie rb, 2 rookie wrs and a 2nd year wr, rookie right tackle.

    Comparing apples to apples, Weeden’s rookie performance was not bad. As the entire offense gains experience, the offense will become more productive and the winning will follow.

    But, Browns fans must keep in mind, Weeden will be running another new offensive system while all the other rookie starters from 2012 will be in the second year of their offensive systems.

    No miracles in Cleveland this year, which will be a learning year with a new offense and defense plus a new coaching staff…but 2014…watch out.

  24. baddegg says: Apr 1, 2013 8:38 AM

    More evidence that the Redskins paid too much for RG3, while the Brown’s strategy was superior.

    Signed,

    Every Internet Poster

  25. spideysdog says: Apr 1, 2013 8:39 AM

    Any wonder the name of this franchise is the “Browns”? Cause every time they take the field, a “brown” is what they take all over it. I feel for Cleveland fans. Art Modell steals their team and heads for Baltimore. The NFL comes in announcing the history of Cleveland and gives them an expansion team. They stink. They bring in a “guru” in Holmgren to build the team, and continue to struggle. They get a new owner, who cans Holmgren, and then struggles in free agency. If any fans on earth deserve some hope, its the Dawg pound.

  26. baddegg says: Apr 1, 2013 8:40 AM

    I actually feel for Jason Campbell. He has bounced around and had a few opportunities at Washington and Oakland, and he has always played hard and stayed relatively classy. I don’t think he is a “great” QB at all but he is an experienced journeyman and I would love to see him get another shot.

  27. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 1, 2013 8:46 AM

    Every Cleveland player is a starter by default, in that they’re other team’s cast-offs and bench players.

  28. officialgame says: Apr 1, 2013 8:48 AM

    In the year of the QB and two number 1 picks the Browns opted on a running back and Brandon Wheezin. Not good.

  29. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 1, 2013 9:06 AM

    It shouldn’t take a Bernie Kosar to to take the snap, then hand off the ball to Trent Richardson. This isn’t rocket science.
    The Browns will improve only whene they stop firing coaches and drafting quarterbacks every two seasons.
    Eric Mangini should have never been fired. He had the organization headed in the right direction. It has always amazed me how some organizations try to outthink themselves.
    Stability is of the utmost importance.

  30. bat42boy says: Apr 1, 2013 9:07 AM

    Weeden deserves another year to prove his worth as a starting QB. That way they can concentrate on other needs which hopefully will produce more wins.

  31. benroethlisberger7 says: Apr 1, 2013 9:26 AM

    I find it funny how some Browns have hope. LOL! Haven’t you guys been through enough disappointment? Why do you keep doing this to yourselves?

  32. godofwine330 says: Apr 1, 2013 9:27 AM

    The reason I was so mad about the pick last year, and even angrier one ownership changed and a complete overhaul was imminent was that we should have drafted a guard last year (DeCastro). Had we done that we could have taken a flier on a rookie QB. Now, after wasting a #1 last year on a QB the new regime doesn’t want we must start over yet again.

    Al Lerner deserves the blame. Why? Because, in an attempt to “make a man of his son” he forced him to hold onto a team he didn’t want or want to run for 10 years after his death. The Browns would have been better off had he just been able to sell the team immediately. Now, we as Browns fans have yet another re-boot to deal with. Hooray – not.

  33. latchbeam says: Apr 1, 2013 9:51 AM

    Yep, they passed on RG3… Who cannot currently walk straight.

  34. brownsclown says: Apr 1, 2013 10:50 AM

    There will be competition! Mike Lombardturd is working OT to get Jamorca Russell out of rehab. Lombardfart is also working on a deal to get Ryan Leaf out of jail. These are Lombardloss’s models for great players!

  35. 4512dawg4512 says: Apr 1, 2013 12:04 PM

    This is great news. Weeden is the starter and thats that, now lets try to get a WR or two.

  36. vottorific says: Apr 1, 2013 12:17 PM

    Carson Palmer is available.

  37. allen227 says: Apr 1, 2013 12:59 PM

    And they’ll never win with that wannabe.

  38. audient says: Apr 1, 2013 1:05 PM

    “When the Browns … hired Mike Lombardi … and Rob Chudzinski … there was a lot of talk that they weren’t enamored with the starting quarterback they inherited, Brandon Weeden. ”

    A lot of talk by media-types, that is. Lombardi and Chud didn’t say much of anything. When they were hired, it would have been premature to say anything at that moment.

    The local sports talk guys in Cleveland are howling. And if the Browns had cut Weeden and didn’t give him a chance, they’d howl about that as well. They wouldn’t know how to talk about the team if they weren’t complaining.

    Go Weeden, and most of all, Go Browns!

  39. klumpofbrownsadness says: Apr 1, 2013 2:18 PM

    This has been the only time of year (for the better part of my48 years as a Browns fan) for us to have any optimism, yet the Cleveland media contiues find the doom & gloom in any possible situation. Is Weeden “the answer”? I don’t know, neither does the front office or coaching staff, but he will at least have an offense that matches his skill set better than the WCO. Campbell fit the assumed offensive system decently well also. Colt ends up being the odd man out which is a shame, as he joins a long list of QB’s in Cleveland since 99 that have gotten dealt an inferior hand & then been crucified by the media & fans alike for not being able to drive the square peg into the round hole.

    At this point, mediocrity would be welcome as it can be built upon, and may finally lead to some stability in the coaching staff/FO/”system” that has been a mess since the days of Model’s chronic meddling.

    All Browns fans (myself included) need to take a deep breath, relax, see what happens in OTA’s & the draft, and see what happens. It’s not going to be a cellar-to-Super Bowl transformation in 1 year, but as long as it’s progress that is sustainable, the Browns will get there.

  40. mungman69 says: Apr 1, 2013 3:00 PM

    Take that LB out of Oergon.

  41. tvjrc603 says: Apr 1, 2013 3:14 PM

    it’s very possible that “benroethlisberger7″ is actually Ben Roethlisberger himself. after all, he has a lot of time to hang around internet forums, considering that he gets hurt EVERY SINGLE SEASON.

  42. urbanwarfare12 says: Apr 1, 2013 3:44 PM

    Weeden had the most passing yards of all of last year’s rookie QB’s not named Andrew Luck. His passer rating and comp. % were down and he had more int’s than TD’s, but he’s a rookie!! Why is everyone so down on this kid? Give him a chance in Chud’s offense with quality talent around him and he has a chance to thrive. Save your judgments for after this season.

  43. therealhazer says: Apr 1, 2013 7:18 PM

    I thought Weeden played pretty well last year as a rook given the supporting cast…

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