Cleveland Browns: Put Up or Shut Up for QB Brandon Weeden
In an interesting but necessary move this week, the Cleveland Browns signed veteran quarterback Jason Campbell to a two year contract. Campbell was strictly brought in to “push” Brandon Weeden to the next level. For Weeden and his strong arm, it’s put up or shut up. End of story.
If all goes the way most Browns supporters hope, Weeden is the starting quarterback for the Browns in 2013. Campbell, who has 71 NFL starts under his belt, will be Weeden’s competition when training camp starts. By default, Colt McCoy is most likely not wearing an orange helmet anymore once the regular season begins. Still, I could see the Browns taking a quarterback later in the draft. That would be the final nail in the former third round pick’s coffin.
Now, it’s all about Weeden. The 29 year old controls his own destiny and has nobody to blame but himself if Campbell beats him out in camp. Weeden has displayed a strong arm and the ability to make all of the NFL throws, but it’s what is going on in his head that will determine his success in 2013. That and having better pocket presence, command of the huddle, and leadership. Will Weeden be up to the task at hand?
Can Weeden grasp Norv Turner ‘s vertical passing strategy? Campbell has the slight advantage in that aspect. Will Weeden appear more comfortable in the huddle and pocket once the pads go on? Will Weeden be able to find a favorite new comfortable target with the departure of Ben Watson? Let’s hope so. Only Weeden can answer these questions.
For once, it would be nice to know that the Browns have stability at quarterback for years to come. I truly want it to be Weeden, and if he gets to play to his strengths, I am confident it will be. But unfortunately the QB curse continues in Cleveland, and there may just be a new signal caller on the field at First Energy Stadium in six months. Let’s hope not; go win the job Brandon!
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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