When Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said that Brandon Weeden would start at quarterback in Week Seven, he said that Weeden still had the confidence of his teammates.
On Wednesday, those teammates put a voice to their confidence. Running back Willis McGahee said there were “no worries” about Weeden’s ability to lead the team and linebacker Quentin Groves said he loves the way Weeden has handled the scrutiny and criticism that has come his way. Left tackle Joe Thomas threw himself in with Team Weeden as well.
“We definitely think he’s the guy that can lead us this year to the playoffs,” Thomas said, via Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan.
Ultimately, the thing that matters the most is whether or not the Browns have confidence in Weeden. The quick embrace of Brian Hoyer as the starter before Hoyer was lost for the season was one of several signals the team’s sent that their confidence level isn’t all that high. Weeden may not be able to change that heading into a 2014 draft that’s already being heavily hyped for its quarterback class, but making Thomas look like Nostradamus wouldn’t be a bad place to start.