The Cleveland Browns have been busy lately. They signed new head coach Rod Chudzinski and they hired new offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Recently Chudzinski announced that “its premature” to name Weeden the starter for next season. Browns fans once again have questions about who their starting quarterback should be.
Well, I’m here to end the questions for Browns fans. Its Brandon Weeden. Weeden is a great player that was worthy of the first round pick and he will be a great quarterback in the NFL one day. Just give it time, he’s a rookie. When you draft a quarterback in the first round, you have to stand behind him through thick and thin. You can’t keep on flip flopping quarterbacks and expect to win, it doesn’t work in the NFL. If you create doubt in your quarterback’s mind early you may lose him, which will lose you games.
Here’s a few examples of teams that didn’t support there quarterback and suffered because of it. You think the Tampa Bay Buccaneers regret getting rid of Hall of Famer Steve Young? Young did not have high production in his first two seasons, so Buccaneers traded him away and thought he was a bust. In two seasons with the Buccaneers, Young had 11 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. They didn’t give him a chance. Another prime example is Brett Favre. Once upon a time Favre played for the Atlanta Falcons. However, the coaching staff didn’t like Favre after just four passes and he was traded away to the Greenbay Packers. You know the rest of the story.
Here are two perfect examples of teams that did support their struggling quarterbacks. John Elway, who got off to terrible start is one of them. Elway failed to throw more touchdowns than interceptions in five of his first 10 seasons. In Elway’s first three seasons, he racked up 47 touchdowns and 52 interceptions. That’s right, the great John Elway was a turnover machine early in his career. Did the Denver Broncos trade Elway? Did they give up on Elway? No. They stood behind their No. 1 overall pick and they won because of it. Terry Bradshaw struggled as well early in his career. Bradshaw threw more interceptions than touchdowns in his first five seasons, but the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t trade him away and won four Super Bowls instead.
I’m not saying Weeden is the next Elway, all I’m saying is the Browns have to give him a chance. You drafted him in the first round to be your franchise quarterback, now give him that chance. Weeden displayed moments of great ability this season with a game winning drive, nearly 3,400 passing yards and leadership by playing after a concussion.
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