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Norv Turner: I’m excited about what Brandon Weeden has been able to do

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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.

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23 Responses to “Norv Turner: I’m excited about what Brandon Weeden has been able to do”
  1. machine64red2 says: Aug 19, 2013 9:19 AM

    This team will be the surprise team in the NFL this year!

  2. doall24 says: Aug 19, 2013 9:22 AM

    saw weeden play against the lions, he does look much improved. it’s good news for the browns and ray horton as the DC will help this team this coming year.

  3. boothisman says: Aug 19, 2013 9:26 AM

    Well one thing is clear about this qb ‘controversy’, whoever wins, the fans will still lose.

  4. shawshankedatokst says: Aug 19, 2013 9:26 AM

    Still no legit WR target for Weedeater…much better coaching than he had in his rookie campaign (Turner is the best QB coach BW has had since Todd Monken), however. Whether that translates into more W’s is pure speculation.

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 19, 2013 9:32 AM

    Turner has always been a good OC. He gets a lot out of his offenses and I’m sure he’s a good influence on Weeden

  6. doall24 says: Aug 19, 2013 9:33 AM

    disagree shawshanker, the browns will win more games this year.

  7. blueballz77 says: Aug 19, 2013 9:33 AM

    You mean numbers will go up?

  8. godofwine330 says: Aug 19, 2013 9:39 AM

    Glad to see the kid headed in the fight direction. We had horrible coaches last year. Hell, for far too long in Cleveland. This year, other than the fact that we have Norv Turner’s son as the wide receivers coach (who was a college QB) instead of a former NFL receiver, we have a pretty good coaching staff – great devensive and offensive coordinators. I cannot wait to see what Weeden will do with an actual offensive coordinator instead of a coordinator that is simply offensive.

  9. dansyndersux says: Aug 19, 2013 9:49 AM

    Weeden definitely a better option than campbell. That dude has been in the league for eight seasons and still cant read a defense and lacks any semblance of pocket presence.

    If Weeden turns the corner and T rich stays health, the browns could surprise this year.

  10. bigbensucks says: Aug 19, 2013 9:56 AM

    I know it is only preseason, but there seems to be a big difference in the attitude of this team. I hope this leads to a team that can be consistent this year.

    With that being said, how is it that Banner and the new coaching staff seems to have made improvements in a short period of time while Holmgren’s plan was a five year plan that was going nowhere. He should give the browns their money back that he stole from them.

    I hope Chud has success in Cleveland. He seems like a good guy. He has put together a good coaching staff.

  11. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 19, 2013 10:02 AM

    This should go without saying but as a Lions fan I’d like to remind you guys that you shouldn’t get too excited about how well Weeden played against our backup secondary. Our starters are one of the weaker parts of the team and our backups are downright disgraceful.
    Weeden was a terrible draft choice and will never be a good NFL quarterback.
    It always makes me laugh how people talk about how unimportant the preseason is until their team/quarterback plays well and then all of a sudden the team/quarterback is great and they’re going to have an excellent year. Let’s not forget we’re talking about the Browns here OK?

  12. haywoodjablowme1 says: Aug 19, 2013 10:09 AM

    Weeden had a good outing against the best defenseive backfield in the league, the Detroit Lions. Even their second stringers are better than any other teams. The kid did well, even for a pre-season game.

  13. doall24 says: Aug 19, 2013 10:20 AM

    john, you just saying that because the lions have looked like rubbish again this preseason? the lions will choke like they always do, they can’t even finish above the vikings, bad coach, bad running game and a defensive lineman with a bad temper that will cost his team a few games. the detroit lions have no discipline, plain and simple.

  14. t8ertot says: Aug 19, 2013 10:33 AM

    Pre Season All Star
    Regular Season Chump

  15. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 19, 2013 11:17 AM

    doall24 says:
    Aug 19, 2013 10:20 AM
    john, you just saying that because the lions have looked like rubbish again this preseason? the lions will choke like they always do, they can’t even finish above the vikings, bad coach, bad running game and a defensive lineman with a bad temper that will cost his team a few games. the detroit lions have no discipline, plain and simple.

    Suh will cost his team a few games? Ha ha ha!!!! I was going to take the time to fully respond to your ridiculous statement but I can’t even dignify it by doing so after reading that part.
    I’m sorry your team was dumb enough to draft a slightly above average 54 year old quarterback and I know you guys want him to be good but he will never have success in the NFL.

  16. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 19, 2013 11:21 AM

    Never thought I’d see the day when Weeden is the center of a QB contraversy.

  17. newelldesigns says: Aug 19, 2013 12:15 PM

    @ johnelwayishorsefaced
    I had the privilege of going to the game Thursday night, you talked about our offense. First of all I didn’t like and to this day don’t like the 22nd pick of last years draft, That is what I called a wasted pick in my opinion, I am not a Colt McCoy fan either but he was not given a fair chance in Cleveland at all.

    Lets talk about our defense, your first team offense could not move the chains at all until 3:25 into the second quarter when Detroit finally got past mid field. That was 4 straight 3 and outs.

    Everyone is saying man Weeden looked good, blah, blah, blah well what the media is not saying is what about Jason Campbell. He had a hell of a night too going 12/14 106 and 1 TD. What if the tables were turned for one game or even the first half of a game. Let Jason play with the starting offense and Branden the 2nd string, what do you think the results would be. I dunno but lets find out.

    I am not here to bash anyone player, coach or the peps that write in here. There are 2 preseason games left and may the best man win on everyone’s favorite team. Have a great day!

  18. doall24 says: Aug 19, 2013 12:36 PM

    johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 19, 2013 11:17 AM

    doall24 says:
    Aug 19, 2013 10:20 AM
    john, you just saying that because the lions have looked like rubbish again this preseason? the lions will choke like they always do, they can’t even finish above the vikings, bad coach, bad running game and a defensive lineman with a bad temper that will cost his team a few games. the detroit lions have no discipline, plain and simple.

    Suh will cost his team a few games? Ha ha ha!!!! I was going to take the time to fully respond to your ridiculous statement but I can’t even dignify it by doing so after reading that part.
    I’m sorry your team was dumb enough to draft a slightly above average 54 year old quarterback and I know you guys want him to be good but he will never have success in the NFL.

    suh is so undisciplined, you remember the thanksgiving day game when he stomped on an offensive lineman from the packers? you can pick and choose whatever you want to believe, but the lions are the most undisciplined team in the NFL.

  19. nananatman says: Aug 19, 2013 12:42 PM

    Dudes been throwing bullets this year, granted he was playing the Lions, still bullets though.

  20. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 19, 2013 2:25 PM

    doall24 says:
    suh is so undisciplined, you remember the thanksgiving day game when he stomped on an offensive lineman from the packers? you can pick and choose whatever you want to believe, but the lions are the most undisciplined team in the NFL.

    No but I do remember when he kicked Evan Deitrich Smith in the arm because he kept untying Suh’s shoes in the pile. I also remember the interview EDS’s line coach gave in which he admitted to telling him to do this because there was no way that he could block Suh so the only thing he could do was try to frustrate him.
    But you know what I do remember? Suh making the 2013 Pro Bowl.

  21. fordmandalay says: Aug 19, 2013 4:00 PM

    “I’m excited about what Brandon Weedon’s been able to do” – that may be the first time that sentence has ever been spoken in the history of mankind. And probably the last.

  22. dws123 says: Aug 19, 2013 4:13 PM

    Leave it to Detriot fans to stay humble. For as much as the Browns have sucked over the last decade, at least they didn’t go 0-16.

  23. doall24 says: Aug 19, 2013 4:20 PM

    johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 19, 2013 2:25 PM

    doall24 says:
    suh is so undisciplined, you remember the thanksgiving day game when he stomped on an offensive lineman from the packers? you can pick and choose whatever you want to believe, but the lions are the most undisciplined team in the NFL.
    ——————————————————–
    No but I do remember when he kicked Evan Deitrich Smith in the arm because he kept untying Suh’s shoes in the pile. I also remember the interview EDS’s line coach gave in which he admitted to telling him to do this because there was no way that he could block Suh so the only thing he could do was try to frustrate him.
    But you know what I do remember? Suh making the 2013 Pro Bowl.
    ——————————————————-
    suh has no discipline, he can make the meaningless pro bowl every year, that’s the only bowl any lion will ever see, may the schwartz be with you!

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