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Norv Turner confident Brandon Weeden will keep the starting job

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Brandon Weeden’s grip on the Browns’ starting quarterback job appears to be tight.

Despite talk when the new regime took over this year that Weeden’s job could be in jeopardy, Weeden has been the No. 1 quarterback in Cleveland throughout the offseason, and offensive coordinator Norv Turner says he sees no reason that would change.

We’re getting Brandon ready to be the starter,” Turner told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Turner said backups Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer have to be ready to play if called upon, but Turner does not expect Weeden to lose the starting job.

“I don’t envision that happening because of the way he’s playing, but we’ve got to go play,” Turner said. “That’s a question more for [coach Rob Chudzinski] than for me, but I think everyone in that locker room understands that we’re committed to playing the guys that give us the best chance to win. Until a guy has started and played at a high level and won, there’s always going to be competition.”

As a first-round pick last year, Weeden had an up-and-down rookie season. He’ll need more up than down to keep the starting job, but the Browns are ready to give him every opportunity.

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  1. elwaysagenius says: Aug 3, 2013 8:24 AM

    Headline could also be: Cleveland making run at Teddy Bridgewater

  2. allhailkingflacco says: Aug 3, 2013 8:37 AM

    This is good news as a Ravens fan. At least three more years of average QB play and one less team to worry about.

    Thanks Norv !

  3. sportsbastard says: Aug 3, 2013 8:39 AM

    If Weeden can’t win a competition against Jason Campbell & Brian Hoyer, he may want to go back to baseball.

  4. kwickett85 says: Aug 3, 2013 8:55 AM

    Campbell isn’t the greatest QB but he’s better than Weeden.

  5. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Aug 3, 2013 9:00 AM

    allhailkingflacco says:
    Aug 3, 2013 8:37 AM
    This is good news as a Ravens fan. At least three more years of average QB play and one less team to worry about.

    Thanks Norv !
    —————————-

    And as a Raven’s fan, you also know a thing or 2 about average QB play…

  6. wryly1 says: Aug 3, 2013 9:02 AM

    The new Browns front office and coaching staff did not choose Weeden – they inherited him. That said, given that the club already has a RD1 pick invested in him – and that the largest single leap of improvement among inexperienced QB’s occurs in year two – they are wise enough to thoroughly develop and evaluate what they may or may not have.

  7. kwickett85 says: Aug 3, 2013 9:03 AM

    Campbell isn’t the greatest QB but he’s better than Weeden. Campbell’s problem is he tends to hold on to the ball too long at times…he’s cautious and holds on to it so he doesn’t make a mistake. His stats show it, every season he’s played he has always had more TD’s than INT’s. His QB rating has always been in the mid 80′s…which isn’t bad, isn’t amazing. But when he holds the ball too long he gets hit…fumbles, etc.

    - Skins fan

  8. metalhead65 says: Aug 3, 2013 9:03 AM

    if he can’t beat out Jason Campbell then he and the browns are really in for a long season. didn’t anybody besides bears fans see him play last year? he was supposed to be the solid veteran back up they needed in case Cutler went down. well he did and campbell looked like caleb hanie part 2. but hey he still has that great half season with the raiders he and their fans to brag about right?

  9. lightofkolob says: Aug 3, 2013 9:03 AM

    If Norv Turne feels that way he needs to be fired again.

  10. allhailkingflacco says: Aug 3, 2013 9:11 AM

    GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Aug 3, 2013 9:00 AM

    allhailkingflacco says:
    Aug 3, 2013 8:37 AM
    This is good news as a Ravens fan. At least three more years of average QB play and one less team to worry about.

    Thanks Norv !
    —————————-

    And as a Raven’s fan, you also know a thing or 2 about average QB play…
    ________________________________

    I know 3 things actually:

    1. 11 TD’s
    2. 0 INT’s
    3. SB MVP

    Now get on your knees and hail to King Flacco !

  11. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 3, 2013 9:15 AM

    LOL, the Grieveland Frowns.

  12. edawg7l says: Aug 3, 2013 9:36 AM

    It cracks me up that the Raven fans feel the need to chirp on this article. Go back to fighting the Steeler fans on their forum. The Ravens overspent on a QB that had a solid stretch of football, but is very average. Prediction – Ravens will be 8-8, Steelers will be 9-7. The Bengals will take the division and the Browns will improve with a guy who is a better OC than coach.

  13. bmore44 says: Aug 3, 2013 9:36 AM

    No ravens fan should be posting, this is good news. I’m a Ravens fan and was at the home game when they played browns. Weeden could of threw for 500 yrds that day ,if it wasn’t for all his WR dropping balls. So be careful what u say !

  14. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 3, 2013 9:38 AM

    lightofkolob says:
    Aug 3, 2013 9:03 AM
    If Norv Turne feels that way he needs to be fired again.
    —————————————————–
    FYI…..Norvell Turner hasn’t ever been fired as an O Coordinator.

    The man knows QBs…he knows what he’s doing.

  15. hitdog042 says: Aug 3, 2013 9:51 AM

    youarejealousof6rings
    Aug 3, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT
    LOL, the Grieveland Frowns.

    edawg7l
    Aug 3, 2013, 9:36 AM EDT
    It cracks me up that the Raven fans feel the need to chirp on this article. Go back to fighting the Steeler fans on their forum. The Ravens overspent on a QB that had a solid stretch of football, but is very average. Prediction – Ravens will be 8-8, Steelers will be 9-7. The Bengals will take the division and the Browns will improve with a guy who is a better OC than coach.

    What he said. As a bengals fan I also live in Ohio and constantly read and listen about both teams. The Browns are improving. They aren’t there yet. But they are building a foundation. That takes longer than fans like when done the right way through the draft.

    But using Cincinnati as the example it’s worth it. They have depth everywhere. That’s what wins games. Chime in all you want about Dalton 0-2 in playoffs. He’s 25. Both teams are on the right path. In 2014-15 season it’s not unfathomable to see the state of Ohio 1-2 in this division if Gordon stays out of trouble.

  16. 561bengal says: Aug 3, 2013 9:51 AM

    The Steelers and Ravens fans enjoy talking smack now. The reality is the Browns are heading in the right direction. In 2 or 3 years the Browns may be the best team in the AFCN.

    Bengals fan. WHO DEY!!!!

  17. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 3, 2013 9:52 AM

    The Steelers are the league standard.

    The Browns are the epitome of sadness.

  18. realdealsteel says: Aug 3, 2013 9:59 AM

    Allhailkingflacco,

    I know somethings too.

    1. Fluke year for Ravens (it will be another 13 seasons before we see them again.

    2. Massive Roster turnover.

    3. Last place finish for Ravens in 2014 season.

    The Ravens are easily the worse team in the AFC North. Other then a good front 7, the ball club is in ruins.

    While the Ravens quickly adapt to their last place position by getting waxed by the Broncos in week# 1, The Steelers will go back assume their usual position of dominance of this division.

    Ravens are a fluke and won’t be heard of anytime soon. Thanks Flacco for handcuffing your team with a monster contract for an average QB.

  19. allhailkingflacco says: Aug 3, 2013 10:07 AM

    bmore44 says: Aug 3, 2013 9:36 AM

    No ravens fan should be posting, this is good news. I’m a Ravens fan and was at the home game when they played browns. Weeden could of threw for 500 yrds that day ,if it wasn’t for all his WR dropping balls. So be careful what u say !

    _______________________________
    @bmorekissup44

    Relinquish your Ravens gear immediately. I’m sure there’s plenty of Weeden gear available.

    Quantcast

  20. jpb12 says: Aug 3, 2013 10:18 AM

    If Norv was with the Jets he’d have to get the GM’s approval on the starting QB.

  21. bigtimebrownie says: Aug 3, 2013 10:20 AM

    Makes sense, considering the options

  22. ubepunkedagain says: Aug 3, 2013 10:22 AM

    If Weeden is even an average QB this year and Richardson puts up the type of production he is capable of, this division will be a battle 1-4. The Browns have quietly put together the deepest and scariest D in the division. If Horton brings the type of intensity and tenacity that has been reported, they will be able to carry them. This by the way is the toughest and best division in football, bar none.

  23. thetooloftools says: Aug 3, 2013 11:10 AM

    after Weeden walked off the field last year without his helmet at the end of the game, and had one of his minions tote it to the locker room, told me all I needed to know about leadership skills and being one of the guys.

  24. hedphurst says: Aug 3, 2013 11:16 AM

    @ubepunkedagain – as a Browns fan, I’ll agree that the team had quietly put together one of, if not the, deepest and scariest front sevens in the division (maybe the conference), but I expect to see the DBs give up a bunch of big plays this year. Behind Haden, we have nothing but question marks. If we get lucky and all the cards fall just right, the D could be dominant. That’s a huge if, though, and if being a Browns fan has tight me anything, it’s that the cards rarely all fall just right. I expect an up and down year, with enough bright spots to keep us optimistic about the future, but enough low spots to keep the haters hating, and the Browns out of the playoff hunt.

  25. ubepunkedagain says: Aug 3, 2013 11:29 AM

    @hedphurst- I would say that is a very fair assessment. Browns fans always keeping it real. Here is the thing about Ray Horton and an attacking style multi-front defense, which is a variation of Lebeau and Baltimore, just with more frequent and more exotic blitz packages. As long as the front 7 of Cleveland gets “pressure, hits, and hurries” it makes average DBs look better. They have to man up for less time and the chance for turnovers and errant throws increase.

    Now I don’t think Haden is a slouch and Ward is probably the most underrated safety in football. The Steelers haven’t drafted a CB before the 3rd round as long as I can remember. The focus is on bringing heat and having a solid Safety because it is prone to giving up the big play.

    To me, with the coaches they have there now, Cleveland should be much improved as they weren’t as bad as their record indicated last year. I think that had more to do with being young and a horrible offensive scheme.

  26. bigdawgy54 says: Aug 3, 2013 12:01 PM

    From most reports coming out of camp so far, no quarterback has looked really good in Cleveland. It just may be that what the Browns have now is a non-answer at the QB position.
    I want Weeden to succeed because I want the Browns to win. But, I’m not holding my breath. I think the QB position is why Joe Banner stocked up on a couple of extra picks for next year’s draft.
    I don’t think Banner is holding his breath, either.

  27. urbusted2 says: Aug 3, 2013 12:04 PM

    I know 3 things actually:

    1. 11 TD’s
    2. 0 INT’s
    3. SB MVP

    Now get on your knees and hail to King Flacco !

    WELL,I also know that King Flacco will have to throw to the queen and princess this year because his too best targets are gone. This will be fun to watch!

  28. urbusted2 says: Aug 3, 2013 12:06 PM

    From most reports coming out of camp so far, no quarterback has looked really good in Cleveland. It just may be that what the Browns have now is a non-answer at the QB position.
    I want Weeden to succeed because I want the Browns to win. But, I’m not holding my breath. I think the QB position is why Joe Banner stocked up on a couple of extra picks for next year’s draft.
    I don’t think Banner is holding his breath, either.

    DEFENSIVE back could be another reason.

  29. bmoreravens1012013 says: Aug 3, 2013 12:49 PM

    As Ravens fan, I’m not looking past the Brownies like most of my brethren. They have been gradually giving the ravens tougher games to win than the record may suggest. I’m not scared , but I’m not sleeping either.

  30. blacknsilver says: Aug 3, 2013 12:56 PM

    if Norv wants to win games, go Campbell

  31. nananatman says: Aug 3, 2013 1:19 PM

    As a rookie first rounder last year he still played for the Browns. I hate that division. GO BROWNS!

  32. hawkman4life says: Aug 3, 2013 2:01 PM

    ubepunkedagain says:Aug 3, 2013 10:22 AM

    If Weeden is even an average QB this year and Richardson puts up the type of production he is capable of, this division will be a battle 1-4. The Browns have quietly put together the deepest and scariest D in the division. If Horton brings the type of intensity and tenacity that has been reported, they will be able to carry them. This by the way is the toughest and best division in football, bar none.

    Wow…not much football knowlege there. Toughest division in football bar none? NFC West is by all accounts, according to football experts, the toughest division bar none. That despite two (Arizona and LA) of the 4 teams being ranked below average (which I believe is too low).

  33. gmsalpha says: Aug 3, 2013 2:38 PM

    GrossmanDaSexCannon says:
    Aug 3, 2013 9:00 AM

    And as a Raven’s fan, you also know a thing or 2 about average QB play…

    ************************

    And as a fan of the English language, the apostrophe was completely unnecessary.

  34. ubepunkedagain says: Aug 3, 2013 3:05 PM

    hawkman4life – You would be wrong and fooling yourself if you think that Wine and Cheese division of soft football ranks up there with the North. That Poll you were talking about is based on “what ifs” not fact. The Fact is, it is the only division with 2 current Super Bowl winning QBs and the current reigning Super Bowl Champs. The NFC West only had 2 teams with winning records, so it is simply impossible for them to be the best division because here with the big boys, it’s based on wins and losses.

    While the NFC West should most notably be known as the most Overrated division right now, or the current media flavor. Was it not long ago that the whole division was sub 500?

  35. alphawolfx42x says: Aug 3, 2013 5:56 PM

    Even if Weeden turns out to be “average,” that will still be enough to sweep the Ravens and the Steelers this year. GO BROWNS!!!!

  36. channer81 says: Aug 3, 2013 6:18 PM

    One thing Browns fans know about more then Ravens fans: Privately funded facilities and stadiums.

  37. thefiesty1 says: Aug 3, 2013 7:02 PM

    It doesn’t matter who is QB for the Browns. They have no team for the QB to throw to and NO line to block for whoever is behind center.

  38. jimmyjames65 says: Aug 4, 2013 11:34 AM

    Maybe the NFC South.

  39. audient says: Aug 5, 2013 1:14 PM

    Part of Weeden’s problem has been drops, and he can’t catch the ball too. But with Boldin gone, I wouldn’t trade the Browns’ WR corps for the Ravens’.

    This division is wide open. The Ravens aren’t the team that won the Super Bowl. The Steelers are candidly a question mark. The Bengals should be on the upswing, but historically don’t put two winning seasons in a row together. And the Browns have a lot of changes, most of them for the better.

    Should be an interesting year. Only one team can win the Super Bowl every year. The rest of them need to at least be interesting to watch. Every team in the AFCN should be that this season.

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