Rob Chudzinski says it’s “premature” to call Brandon Weeden 2013 starter


Browns coach Rob Chudzinski answered one burning question about the team’s offense during a session with the media at the Senior Bowl on Wednesday.

Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will be calling the plays while Chudzinski focuses on the bigger picture responsibilities of the head coach. It’s not a particularly surprising decision given Turner’s long history as a successful coordinator, but it’s been confirmed all the same. What’s still up in the air is the quarterback who will be executing Turner’s plays.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Chudzinski said it was “premature” to say that Brandon Weeden would be the team’s starter in 2013. New vice president of player personnel Mike Lombardi panned the Weeden pick in his previous role as an NFL Network analyst, but said last week that he needs time to form an opinion of the quarterback. Turner, who is also in Mobile, said that Weeden has “a lot of the skillset” and a big arm while cautioning that he’s just started watching tape.

Turner also said Colt McCoy has been “productive when he played” so it’s probably better just to focus on the parts where the Browns say that they are taking their time to evaluate what’s on hand. It’s the approach any new coaching staff and front office should take about the entire team, especially when you’ll be changing the offense from the system Pat Shurmur ran for the last two seasons.

24 responses to “Rob Chudzinski says it’s “premature” to call Brandon Weeden 2013 starter

  1. With Chud saying this and Banner saying he would “evaluate” doesn’t look promising for Weeden. With that being said they need to surround him with play makers. Little couldn’t catch a cold and Cribbs and Massequoi are not receivers. Gordon is the only real threat they have at that position

  2. Weeden never called an audible all year at the line. Either Shurmur wouldn’t let him or Weeden wasn’t smart enough…or both. Scary either way….btw Mary Kay Cabot is hot.

  3. This should come as no surprise. New regime, new offense, and I’m sure they want to hand pick their QB. Same thing happened to Colt. Is it fair? No. However, 9 wins in 2 years for Browns fans isn’t fair either. Just find someone who can throw TD’s.

  4. The Weeden pick was sabotage on the part of H&H to use the pick instead of trading down. They knew they were gone after the season – might as well screw the organization a lil bit more as a last hurrah.

  5. It will come down to Chud and Norv assessments.

    Weeden should have never been taken as high as he was, they still need to draft or land a QB.

  6. Weeden’s not the worst QB the Browns have trotted out as their starter, but the Football Outsiders’ advanced metrics show him as the 35th best QB in the league, which clearly isn’t good enough to lead a team to glory, and considering his age, there isn’t much upside. He’s got the job by default at the moment but it’s clear that the Browns won’t become playoff contenders under his watch. And so the search for a really good Browns QB enters its 15th year.

  7. It would be one thing if Weeden was still young, but the dude is almost 30. Older than Alex Smith, who’s been around forever. I seriously doubt anyone within the new administration sees him as the QB of the future. They’re going to draft or bring in their own guy, not hand the job to one of the lingering mistakes of the previous administration.

  8. Dude was a waste of a 1st round pick. A 29 year old rookie qb? By the time he’s mentally progressing he will be physically regressing. He has no pocket presence and is as mobile as a statue.

  9. To whomever said Little couldn’t catch a cold, watch from game 5 or 6 on, he was damn good. He started playing better once it was apparent Gordon would be the #1 WR, like the pressure and stress was off him. I am not saying he was perfect, but he caught a high percentage of the passes thrown his way, fought for yards, blocked great and had nice escape moves to gain a little extra. All that being said, the Browns still need more from their WRs.

  10. They need to sign Matt Flynn. I am serious. Keep Weeds for a backup. Trade McCoy, then sign Flynn as your starter

  11. Norv Turner said Colt McCoy was “productive when he played” ??

    Geez, maybe hiring Norv wasn’t such a good idea after all. What game are YOU watching, bro?

  12. When a team is in the top 5 in dropped passes, studying QB films should be second to finding guys who can catch. 2 years in a row for that honor.

  13. McCoy is not “productive” when he does start (given the wide receivers and coaching staff he had – no wonder !) Colt is also injury prone it seems. BW deserves the chance to fight it out for the starting role in 2013. I don’t see the Browns drafting a QB in the 1st round (they need to go with the best corner or linebacker available)

  14. The likeliness of the Browns drafting another QB (at least high enough to get consideration for the starting job) is almost slim to none. Weeden has shown he has the skillset for Turners offense and Limbardi was always a proponent of McCoy being a victim of an idiot coaching staff and front office who shot themselves in the foot by drafting Weeden too high.

    If anything there will be an actual QB competition between the two. The thing that makes me laugh is the though of how Cleveland will feel when they eventually announce “QB coach Derek Anderson”.

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