Could Brandon Weeden be one-and-done as a member of the Cleveland Browns?
New head coach Rob Chudzinski won't commit to Weeden as the team's starting quarterback in 2013, and new offensive coordinator Norv Turner wouldn't even commit to the type of offense the Browns will run.
"I think that's premature to say any of that," Chudzinski said when asked if he's proceeding with Weeden as the starter. "Until we all get together, we get the staff set, we get a chance to sit down and talk through personnel and everybody's on the same page with those things.
"There's always, you don't know watching tape, necessarily how guys are. Sometimes guys will get out there and they get into the system and maybe it's a better fit. Maybe you see some things that you didn't see from tape, whether its game tape or practice tape so you just never know."
While Chudzinski said players can adjust to the system, Turner didn't want to "label" his offense. Turner, who once hired Chudzinski with the San Diego Chargers, has been known as a preeminent disciple of the West Coast Offense.
"Most of the labels now are based on the terminology you use and the background of the people who are coaching it," Turner said. "I think the way this game has evolved most people are trying to do a lot of the same things, they just maybe name them different so I never get caught up in systems."
Chudzinski, who served as the Carolina Panthers' offensive coordinator the past two seasons, said his former boss will call the plays next season. And while neither is ready to anoint Weeden as the starter, he does appear to be the leader out of the gate.
"I think you look for the things that, in terms of the style of offense we have, you look at the tape and identify things that I think Brandon does well that we're going to ask him to do," Turner said. "I look at things where I know he has to improve and needs to get better to do the things we want him to do, but I think he has a lot of the skill set that we're looking for. Again, this is early in terms of an evaluation, but he does have a big arm and he can throw the ball up the field."
Weeden was a first-round pick last year by former general manager Tom Heckert and head coach Pat Shurmur. Also on the roster is Colt McCoy.
This year's NFL Draft class is generally considered weak in terms of quarterbacks who will be prepared to start in 2013, and there aren't many clear veteran options that will be available on the market.
"I think again ... the most important thing you do as a coach and I learned a lot of this from Norv, is to be able to adjust to the people that you do have. Really focus on the guys that you have, finding roles for them, finding what they do the best and putting them in the situations to be able to let them have the success that they can have," Chudzinski said. "From that stand point, the first thing we have to do is look at the guys that we have here and see what they can do and see where they would fit in and how we can adjust and grow the Browns' offense to doing what they can do best and then going from there."
Chudzinski does have a bit of a head start analyzing Weeden, having watched plenty of game tape preparing to play the Browns during the regular season. He and Turner are going back over the film as they begin to evaluate the entire roster heading into the offseason.
"Certainly there are things I look at right now and I say, 'Brandon can get a lot better at these things.' So you get excited, you go out and work on the details of playing the position," Turner said. "Part of playing quarterback is getting everyone else around him playing at a high level also. So that's one of the things we're going to do is spend a lot of time talking about how we get everybody on the same page and then everybody playing at a high level because they really do feed off each other. I'm excited. I love working with young guys."