Just what the Cleveland Browns needed; yet another quarterback controversy.
Regardless of your feelings regarding the Browns selecting quarterback Brandon Weeden in the 2012 NFL Draft, what's done is done. Barring an injury setback or a complete meltdown that's unforeseen as of the typing of this sentence, Weeden will be on Cleveland's roster come September. Team president Mike Holmgren stated while appearing on the The Bull and Fox Show on 92.3 The Fan on Tuesday that the current plan is to have Weeden "compete" for the starting job along with 2011 starter Colt McCoy. Holmgren even stated that he still "loved" McCoy despite picking a QB who is thought, by most analysts, to be Cleveland's unnamed starter heading into summer.
When you really love something, sometimes the best thing you can do is to let that thing go.
I like McCoy more than do a lot of analysts and Cleveland sports fans. I believe that, unintentionally or not, McCoy was setup to fail by a Browns organization that, for no good reason, held onto a (nut-job) running back for one year too long, an organization that also completely failed to surround the team's quarterback with adequate weapons. Save your breath and your time trying to convince me that McCoy doesn't have the arm or the talent to play at the professional level. Outside of the most elite QBs in the game, I find it impossible to believe that any signal-caller would have led the 2011 Browns to a winning season.
Regardless of what Holmgren or head coach Pat Shurmur say about the matter, things changed last December when McCoy suffered what was a career-altering and team-altering concussion. The Browns were, up until that point, prepared to go through the inevitable growing pains that come from having a young starting QB. Despite those in the team front office constantly voicing their approval of McCoy following the controversial concussion and during the current offseason, the Browns have made it clear that they are going in a different direction. Don't take my word for it. Just ask Mr. Weeden.
There's no point in anybody, myself included, going out of their way to defend McCoy. As I stated at the beginning of this piece, what's done is done. Browns fans know all-too-well about the "if you have two quarterbacks, you have no quarterbacks" saying. The Cleveland front office made a decision on the first day of the 2012 NFL Draft. Keeping Colt McCoy around for a faux competition doesn't do anybody any good. As others have stated, you don't draft a 28-year old quarterback in the first round to have him hold a clipboard and wear a headset. Once the McCoy trade rumors surfaced during the draft, his time as Cleveland's starting QB was up. Let's all stop kidding ourselves and just move on.
The Browns acquiring a few more offensive weapons also wouldn't hurt.
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