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Weeden could get one more year in Cleveland


New owner, new CEO, new General Manager, new coach.  New quarterback too, right?

Maybe not.

Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland believes that the Browns will give Brandon Weeden, a birthday-challenged first-round pick in 2012, a chance to secure the job over the long haul.

“It’s amazing so many people still believe Weeden is on his way out,” Grossi writes in a mailbag column.  “I believe the Browns have committed to Weeden — for one year, at least.  If he doesn’t show significant improvement under the new coaches and system, they will reboot the QB search next year.  If that happens, [Ryan] Mallett — who would be entering the final year of his New England contract — would be a prime option.  I don’t envision Weeden being traded this year.  I also wouldn’t be surprised to see no quarterback at all drafted this year.”

While Grossi knows the Browns as well as anyone, there’s a new regime in Cleveland.  And the new regime seems to like new.

New may not be better, but once Jimmy Haslam acquired the pink slip to the Browns he embarked on an overhaul that has included change at almost every level of the organization.  While there’s a chance Weeden will improve under coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner, improvement could mean that the team will be stuck with Weeden for the foreseeable future, like it was six years ago with Derek Anderson after one unexpectedly good year.

In our view, Weeden’s fate will depend on whether Geno Smith falls into their lap.  If Smith slides to No. 6, how can they not take a chance on a guy who could become something the Browns haven’t had since resurrecting in 1999:  a true franchise quarterback?

Even if the Browns don’t draft another quarterback early (they don’t have a second-round pick), Weeden will have to beat out Jason Campbell.  And if the Browns intend to address the quarterback position on a more permanent basis in 2014, it makes plenty of sense to go with Campbell this year, if the competition ends up being relatively close.  If Weeden thrives, the fans would tolerate dumping him only if an established franchise quarterback suddenly becomes available.  And that’s not likely to happen.

Then again, who would have dreamed in April 2011 that Peyton Manning would be available in 2012 to bump the supposedly thriving Tim Tebow out of Denver?

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32 Responses to “Weeden could get one more year in Cleveland”
  1. cmich2006 says: Apr 7, 2013 6:32 PM

    Oh good lord, another Geno Smith pimping article disguised as Brendan Weedon one. He is not going sixth.

  2. ottawabrave91 says: Apr 7, 2013 6:32 PM

    who is Tim Tebow?

  3. lightcleric says: Apr 7, 2013 6:39 PM

    I think it’s really early to give up on a first round pick. Weeden had numbers remarkably similar to Ryan Tannehill, and I don’t see people calling for his head.

  4. dbones750 says: Apr 7, 2013 6:44 PM

    Its the Browns, dude. Who cares?

  5. arlingtonsynn says: Apr 7, 2013 6:47 PM

    Give Weeden some ‘Norv Turner attention’ and lets see how he develops.

    They actually are starting to showcase some weapons at the skill position. Josh Gordon showed some real promise last year as a rookie and Trent Richardson could help.

    The fact that the Ravens got neutered and the Steelers are in the midst of a youth movement puts Cleveland in a prime position to steal some success…..

    Which they will promptly fail at because you know… Cleveland.

  6. dalucks says: Apr 7, 2013 6:49 PM

    The Brendan Weeden era is over already. It was shorter than the Brady Quinn era.
    Dear Cleveland, stop taking draft advice from Mel Kiper.

  7. bdiederich08 says: Apr 7, 2013 6:51 PM

    Why do other sites take Tony Grossi so seriously?

  8. doomsdaydefensetx says: Apr 7, 2013 6:57 PM

    Can’t believe this dude went in the first round and they’re already gonna dump him off lol

  9. metalhead65 says: Apr 7, 2013 7:05 PM

    your view means so much florio which is why you are writing about what you think you know about football instead of actually you know working for a NFL franchise.

  10. kwjsb says: Apr 7, 2013 7:16 PM

    I can’t believe they would write this trash when there have been so many articles saying that if Weeden came out in this years draft he would be the highest rated QB by miles. Are you part of Geno’s entourage or do you have the same agent?

  11. rajbais says: Apr 7, 2013 7:25 PM

    Michael Lombardi, follow your true instincts.

    Forget Weeden!

    Don’t do what Holmgren did with Colt McCoy!

  12. jhorton83 says: Apr 7, 2013 7:34 PM

    I think it’s really early to give up on a first round pick. Weeden had numbers remarkably similar to Ryan Tannehill, and I don’t see people calling for his head.

    The difference is about 6 years. Tannehill is 24 and Weeden will turn 30 this year. Weeden’s even older than Alex Smith, who’s been around forever. Foolish to spend a 1st round pick on someone that age in the first place, which is one of the reasons the Homgren regime is no longer around.

  13. jagroar says: Apr 7, 2013 7:45 PM

    A Geno Smith pimp is right!

  14. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Apr 7, 2013 8:01 PM

    I hope Weeden works out. Age isn’t as big of a factor at QB that people are making it out to be. QB’s play until they are 40 sometimes. When Weeden is 40 he won’t have as many years-worth of damage on his body as most 40+ QB’s.

  15. kwjsb says: Apr 7, 2013 8:06 PM

    Yes, QB is an unknown again, but there is a bigger problem that haunts the Browns like no other. Throwing away QB’s before we actually put talent around them. The last time the Browns won 10 games? Derek Anderson was QB but he had Jamal Lewis behind him, KWII, Joe Jurevicius and Braylon had not gotten his swollen head yet. Before that the last time they were competitive, Couch played 14 games, Willie Green ran well, KJ, Cutt, Morgan, with Heiden at TE, not all stars but adequate. Niether Tim Ouch or D.A have the arm Weeden does, so please Jimmy Haslam, get a veteran receiver to work with these kids and lets give Weeden a chance to succeed.

  16. msperati13 says: Apr 7, 2013 8:15 PM

    They should give weeden another chance. Last year he was in the wrong offense and his RB was hurt all year and he was only a rookie. If he doesnt pan out draft a QB in the 2014 draft. EX) A.J Mccaron

  17. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 7, 2013 8:20 PM

    One more year doesn’t sound like a good long term plan. Maybe the Browns should decide if Weeden is the guy or not the guy at some point? I assume they have and they decide he was the guy, so I’m expecting them to ride it out with him and compound the mistake of drafting him in the first place.

  18. clownsfan says: Apr 7, 2013 8:36 PM

    Tony Grossi is an absolute clown.

  19. theprocessoflosingmymind says: Apr 7, 2013 8:42 PM

    Is Geno Smith a franchise quarterback? Is he any better than Weeden? Both have strong arms and both can’nmmt read a defense. If they want some body who throws sidearm like Geno Smith and is equally athletic as Geno Smith, give Vince Young a chance.

  20. fishfiletkray says: Apr 7, 2013 8:49 PM

    I can’t believe this clown was picked in the first round. Especially way before Russell Wilson.

  21. hedphurst says: Apr 7, 2013 9:24 PM

    Weeden looked lost at times last year, he had a lot of pass batted down at the line, he threw more picks than touchdowns, and he over/underthrew a lot of open receivers. Despite all that, he still set a Browns rookie record for passing yards, had several very good games in the middle part of the season, and if he were coming out of school this year, he’d be a first round pick again. Just because he put up the fourth or fifth best rookie QB stat lines in one of the all-time best draft classes for QBs doesn’t mean that he’s garbage.

  22. jiveturkeygobbler says: Apr 7, 2013 9:32 PM

    There is no one available to draft or sign better than Weeden right now.

  23. bensstinkyfingers says: Apr 7, 2013 9:47 PM

    If weeden doesn’t show improvement, the plan should be to pcik franchise Qb in 2014 should be a good class. Braxton Miller or Johnny Football would look great in a Browns uniform.

  24. 4512dawg4512 says: Apr 7, 2013 10:25 PM

    If they bail on Weeden and “reboot” the QB search, then I’ll be done with the Browns. We FINALLY have a QB, no focus on coaching/play calling and building the rest of the team!

  25. bigdawgy54 says: Apr 7, 2013 10:47 PM

    Weeden will “NOT” be the starter in September. Campbell has far more ability to be the interim bridge to the future quarterback to be.

  26. bigboysmash says: Apr 7, 2013 10:47 PM

    He has to play against the afc North arguably the hardest hitting and fiercest division i. Football.
    So forgive him for not having a great rookie season. Give him some time and a true number 1 reciever.

  27. steelersfever123 says: Apr 8, 2013 12:55 AM

    With the 6th pick in the 2013 draft; the Cleveland Browns select Geno Smith.

  28. deedee2013 says: Apr 8, 2013 5:30 AM

    OMG Get rid of this guy Weeden never should have been drafted so high Let’s not make the previous regime mistake ares now The new regime has no invested interest in Weeden so lets stop acting as if hr were the second coming It is what it is A first round mistake We need another QB

  29. gregblatz says: Apr 8, 2013 9:24 AM

    Wow, Cleveland gives up on QB’s FAST!
    I’d love to see a list of QB’s that have only been around 1,2 or 3 years max.
    Give the guy a chance, that was a rookie year. Prop a guy up, give him the chance to succeed and maybe you can win 8 games in the near future.

  30. ubepunkedagain says: Apr 8, 2013 2:43 PM

    This regime is not going to compound the mistakes made by the previous one that they let go. It is obvious to anyone that isn’t wearing tainted homer glasses regarding Weeden. They have been sniffing at every QB that is available or not, the writing is on the wall.

    Ryan Mallett will be the 2013 starter in Cleveland and the foreseeable future. They will trade for him and plug him in as their QB of the future and stop the merry-go-round and be “their guy”.

    Weeden will be traded to Chicago or Tampa.

  31. newelldesigns says: Apr 8, 2013 9:59 PM

    Stupid move on H & H’s part for drafting him at the 22nd position. I really think the “Walrus” pulled rank and told Heckert to draft him. Heck I would be happy if Jason ran the offense and kick Weeden to the curb.

  32. liquidmuse says: Apr 9, 2013 12:25 AM

    Weeden 72.6…Tannehill 76.1. Plus, Tannehill’s drafters are still in place…not so for Weeden.

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