COMMENTARY | An awkward situation is afoot for the Cleveland Browns.
After losing quarterback Brian Hoyer for the remainder of 2013 due to a torn ACL suffered during the first quarter of Cleveland's 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills on October 3, the Browns must once again pin their hopes on previous starter Brandon Weeden -- not an ideal scenario for the Browns or their followers.
Weeden was never officially demoted as he recovered from a thumb injury suffered against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2, but all the signs were pretty clear that Hoyer was going to be Cleveland's starting quarterback going forward. After all, it was Hoyer that brought the Cleveland offense to life in guiding the Browns to back-to-back wins during Weeden's absence.
While some of the Browns' offensive woes during the first two weeks could be blamed on the suspension of star wideout Josh Gordon, the fact still remains that Weeden has some major issues to sort out if he ever wants to be a legitimate starting quarterback in the NFL.
For one, Weeden stands way too long in the pocket waiting for plays to develop when they are just not there. Because of this, he's been sacked 16 times in three games so far in 2013. Needless to say, Weeden is playing with fire taking so many hits, since the last thing the Browns need at this point is to have another quarterback out of action for a long period of time.
When Weeden does throw the football, too often his passes fall into two dubious categories -- throws into multiple coverage that have little or no chance of being caught by a Cleveland receiver, or absolute fastballs on passes where some touch is required. While the former can issue can be resolved pretty easily, the latter one probably isn't going away anytime soon, since Weeden has never been known for his deft touch with the football.
The good news is, after a shaky start, Weeden actually had one of his better games in a Browns uniform against Buffalo.
Unfortunately, the bad news is, with Weeden's track record, we may not see another outing like that from him again anytime soon -- a scary thought for Browns fans as Cleveland looks to contend for a playoff berth this fall.
Shaun Heidrick is a Yahoo Contributor who has followed the Cleveland Browns for over 25 years.
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