One season. Brandon Weeden has played one season in the NFL and a pretty good one for a rookie quarterback, especially compared to the old standards. However, there are rumblings that the Cleveland Browns are already looking for a replacement. They used a first-round draft pick on this guy less than a year ago and apparently they’re already trying to find someone new. No wonder they’ve only had one winning season in the past decade.
It’s easy to use the rookie seasons that Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson as reasons to argue that Weeden’s was subpar, but that’s simply not accurate. This past season was a first in NFL history and will likely never be seen again. The three young passers mentioned above are special and all happened to come in the same class, which also included Weeden. In addition, their teams were all way better than the Browns and they each had more to work with.
Weeden is a solid passer and if you look at his rookie campaign without taking the other three mentioned above into account, the Browns have a lot about which to be excited. The former minor league baseball player had three different 300-yard performances and five games in which he threw for multiple touchdowns. Considering his receivers are also young–Greg Little just finished his second year and Josh Gordon just completed his rookie campaign–Weeden commanded an offense that didn’t have a ton of experience or talent to a promising season.
Literally all of the Browns’ starting skill players were rookies in 2012, save the tight end position, so the fact Weeden threw for 3,385 yards and 14 touchdowns is a pretty nice accomplishment. Look, the Browns need to be excited about Weeden and wait until at least his third year before evaluation his future, granted he doesn’t fall flat on his face as a sophomore passer. Patience is a virtue and clearly the Browns have none.