Browns coach Rob Chudzinski continues to maintain that the Browns don’t have a starting quarterback, but offensive coordinator Norv Turner is the latest to make it clear that Brandon Weeden is the man for the Cleveland offense.
While Turner said that he thinks Chudzinski was being honest and sticking with the plan put in place this offseason when he said that there was a close competition between Weeden and Jason Campbell, who hasn’t taken snaps with the first team, he spent much more time raving about Weeden’s play so far in the preseason. Turner has seen improved accuracy and footwork from Weeden and says that he doesn’t “see any of the negatives” when watching the quarterback.
“I’m excited about what Brandon’s been able to do,” Turner said at a Sunday press conference. “The thing that we’ve spent a lot of time working on is trying to find out the things that he does best, and combine them with the things our players do best. And a lot of the things that we do on the practice field, it’s not experimental, but there’s a process you go through to get everyone on the same page. Hopefully when we get everyone in the games, we feature all the things that our guys do best. Through the preseason action that Brandon’s had, we’ve been able to do that. And we’ve had a lot of guys playing well. He’s taken advantage of the way they’ve been playing.”
Weeden is 18-of-25 for 229 yards with three TDs and no interceptions in his six series of work so far in the preseason, numbers that will certainly go down come the regular season even if it is looking almost as certain that the Chudzinski/Turner hires have jumpstarted Weeden in the right direction in his second NFL season.