Brandon Weeden thinks he’ll get another start with Browns


Quarterback Brandon Weeden has recovered from the thumb injury that knocked him out of the lineup in Week Two, but he isn’t returning to the starting job he held before his injury.

The Browns are rolling with Brian Hoyer after two straight wins have leveled their record at 2-2 heading into Thursday night’s date with the Bills. Weeden, who called himself the “ultimate team guy” and said he’s happy about the team’s success with Hoyer at quarterback, isn’t sure whether he’ll be Hoyer’s backup ahead of Jason Campbell this week but said he hasn’t lost confidence in himself. He also said he thinks that he’ll get another chance to start as the Browns say they’re going week-to-week with their quarterback choice.

“That’s my mindset,” Weeden said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I can’t approach it any other wayW. If I did, I’d be doing a disservice to myself and doing a disservice to this offense. I’m going to work just as hard as I did in the off-season to win the job. I’m going to keep continuing to work just as hard now as I did week one and week two and go from there.”

We’re not quite as confident as Weeden. The 2012 first-round pick clearly isn’t the new regime’s choice to lead the offense into the future and they’d probably be starting him now if they thought they could turn a strong performance or two into a deal that nets them more draft picks in exchange for Weeden. Hoyer hasn’t been spectacular, but he’s been better than Weeden was in the first two weeks and there’s a higher curiosity level about what he can do than there is about Weeden among the Browns brass.

Should Hoyer continue to put up respectable performances, it’s a good bet that Weeden will continue to be watching from the sideline.


27 responses to “Brandon Weeden thinks he’ll get another start with Browns

  1. Sorry Weeden, but the Browns need to trade you asap and move on. Nobody is hiding the fact that he isnt the new regime’s chosen one behind center, so take whatever you can get for him and cut your losses. If he turns out to be a decent player in the league, so be it. The new regime owes it to the fans and the city to stick it out with Hoyer for the near future. We could end up competing for a division title or we can end up being 5-11 again, only time will tell, but for god’s sake, see what you have in this guy. But I will tell you one thing, they need to get rid of Cundiff. Sunday’s game would have been over alot earlier if he could capitalize on the FGs.

  2. What the heck do you expect him to say, “well i am going to prepare myself each week as if I will be the backup holding a clipboard.”

    Every #2 or #3 QB should be saying that they are going to prepare each and every week as if they were going to be the starter. If not, get them the hell off my team.

  3. Hoyer is winning games, Weeden was not. In a town that desperately needs to turn things around, that’s a fact that will make it easy on the coaches to keep Hoyer in. I wouldn’t bench Hoyer for Weeden. Weeden’s comments about Hoyer in the media (re: Gordon’s return making all the difference) were bush league. Didn’t help.

  4. Weeden would have been better with a better line, like Peyton Manning’s line. Without that he is subpar. Without a line and a weapon like Josh Gordon he is pitiful. Hoyer isn’t great, but he knows when his eggs are boiled, which means he knows that the line is for crap and when to get rid of the ball – Weeden does not. As a QB you have to have a certain feel, a “Force”, eyes behind your back – whatever. Hoyer seems to have that and Weeden again has no clue. Hoyer isn’t Brady, but he isn’t playing like a 3rd string bum, either. Weeden will only see the field if there is an injury or if Hoyer, who has been playing with house money so far, turns back into a pumpkin. Behind our crappy line he doesn’t stand a chance. Thanks Holmgren/Heckert.

  5. Weeden’s offense in two weeks got us a total of 16 points. Hoyer’s offense in two weeks got us 48 points. I would say that is spectacular.

    Go Browns

  6. If Brandon Weeden starts for the Browns again this season, Teddy Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd, or Johnny Football will be starting for the Browns in 2014.

  7. I also think I’m going to win the lottery. Scary thing is, I probably have a better chance of doing that than Weeden does of starting for this team again. You don’t fix something if it’s not broken and back to back wins isn’t broken.

  8. Brandon Weeden meet I am Not Vince Lombardi. Your days as a Cleveland Brown were decided the day Joe Banner hired I am Not Vince. He called your selection a “panicked disaster”.

    Brandon you never had a chance.

    Once you got hurt, it was ALWAYS the plan to have Hoyer play 3 in a row. Two games while you “recovered” then the old short week, we cant make the change and get him ready.

    Now that Hoyer has won his first two, and they cut your buddy Cooper, I sure hope you are renting and didn’t buy your house.

    Its too bad–you didn’t get a fair chance this year, the line sucked, you didn’t have Josh Gordon and your defense stunk in the second half of both of the first games.

  9. Weeden said, “If I did, I’d be doing a disservice to myself and doing a disservice to this offense.”

    Was this followed by a statement on his need to play a cowbell?

  10. The first chapter of the Brian Hoyer story began with 3 tds – 3 ints against the 32nd ranked PASS Defense in the NFL and the second chapter was against a defense that was missing their #1 corner, #1 free safety, #2 corner, and #3 corner.

  11. Weeden doesn’t have the quick-fire intelligence to succeed in today’s NFL. That’s the biggest difference between he and Hoyer.

    Hoyer reads the defense much faster.

    Weeden is no leader either. He always looks like a deer in headlights.

    And the bottom line is, the rest of the team responds to Hoyer, not to Weeden.

    Hoyer’s job for the rest of the year as far as I’m concerned.

  12. I sure hope they keep going with Hoyer he is fun to watch and is making a big difference with this offense. Weedon just doesn’t have it, he seems like a nice guy but just sit down and watch how to play qb. There is no way he should be allowed to play qb again for us except as a backup if reallly needed.

  13. Hoyer hasn’t been spectacular? His quarterback rating was like 104 last week! For the Browns….that’s spectacular.

  14. Unlike weeden, hoyer can execute the screens, make quick reads and deliver accurate throws and run the offense in a capable and confident manner. Weeden has a huge arm but no feel for the game. He is more of a thrower than a passer….oh no, that finally makes sense.

  15. It’s tough not to have sympathy for Brandon Weeden – a more mature guy entering the league has little margin for error, I wonder wether he’ll get much of a chance anywhere else ? Or is he career backup material only ?

  16. Hoyer paid his dues and learned the game from the bench as Tom Brady’s understudy. He was always pretty accurate in preseason games and deserves this shot. Weeden has his and should keep his mouth shut and let this play out.

  17. Was he wearing his 4th of July tank top when he made that statement? Curious minds want to know…

  18. @blantoncollier: yeah the DEF stunk in the 2nd half of the 1st two games because they were GASSED. The Browns were in both of those games at the half. Weeden could not get anything going offensively. Period.

  19. One huge difference between Hoyer and Weeden is that Hoyer does not give up. Hoyer has demonstrated that he’s capable of winning games in the 4th quarter. He’s also shown he’s capable of bouncing back from a lot of pressure by the D. These are two things that Brandon Weeden has not proven he can do and this makes all the difference.

    Hoyer is a little younger, but has far more NFL experience and that is really showing right now. Stay with the hot hand.

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