It comes as no surprise to anyone that Brandon Weeden has been named the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns for the August 10 preseason game against the Detroit Lions, and moving forward. The announcement comes just four days before the team's preseason opener.
When Weeden was drafted with the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, it was assumed Colt McCoy's time as QB1 was all but over. While McCoy certainly had the heart of a winner, he was often unsuccessful on the field leading the team to an abysmal 4-12 record last season.
The 6-foot-3-½, 221-pound Oklahoma State alum joins the Browns after a phenomenal 2011 campaign in which he threw for 4,727 yards with 37 touchdowns and posted a quarterback rating of 159.78. The downfall is he enters 2012 as a 28-year-old rookie. While this may give him an edge in terms of maturity, there is some concern about his longevity in the league.
The worry of Weeden's longevity has me befuddled. "Long-term" and "quarterback" have not gone hand-in-hand in Cleveland since the days of Bernie Kosar. Much like head coaches, I have always thought there was a revolving door when it came to field generals.
I admit, that statement was somewhat of a low blow but I am merely poking fun at the history we have all had to endure. I sincerely hope Weeden is the answer for the Browns longer than just the 2012 season. He has certainly been given greater tools than McCoy had last year with Trent Richardson in the backfield, Greg Little entering his sophomore season, at Mitchell Schwartz added to strengthen the offensive line.
McCoy is now battling 10-year veteran Seneca Wallace for the back-up role. It is a clear battle of age and ability versus knowledge and experience. As it stands, it appears Cleveland will enter the season with all three quarterbacks on the roster giving coach Pat Shurmur comfort in the depth at the position.
Weeden can now enjoy the pleasure of coming under the fan scrutiny of every starting quarterback before him. He must either perform at a high level or witness the fans quickly turn their backs on him like the previous "saviors" Charlie Frye, Brady Quinn, and McCoy.
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