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Cleveland Browns Should Call Tennessee Titans About Brandon Weeden
As the Cleveland Browns improved to 2-0 under Brian Hoyer with their win on Sunday over the Cincinnati Bengals, the final grains of sand began to slip through the hour glass that represents Brandon Weeden’s career as the Browns starting quarterback. Although head coach Rob Chudzinski will not admit it, the starting job is going to be Hoyer’s for the rest of the season barring a blow up of epic proportions against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night.
Coaches always say that a player will not lose their starting job due to an injury. However, the combination of Weeden’s injury and previous play with Hoyer’s tough, gritty performances in his first two starts seem to have left the proverbial writing on the wall. After 17 starts and a 5-12 record as the starting quarterback, Weeden’s tenure as the Browns starting quarterback seems to be over.
Many people thought Weeden would be given the entire season to see if he could turn into the franchise quarterback Cleveland has been searching for since missing on Tim Couch back in 1999. Unfortunately for Weeden, a completion percentage of 54.7, quarterback rating of 62 and 0-2 record before his injury have seemingly sealed the deal. While he did not have his primary receiving target in Josh Gordon during those games, Weeden has seemingly not shown the half the poise Hoyer has in two games—and that goes a long way for the coaching staff of this franchise.
As an advocate for Weeden coming out of Oklahoma State, he has never acclimated himself to the NFL game coming from the up-tempo, shotgun offense he ran in college. His struggles of patting the ball and staring down primary reads caused major issues all over the offense, and while at first many thought they were because of an inept line, have proven to be more about the quarterback.
While this writer is not saying Hoyer is the future answer for the Cleveland Browns just yet, his past endorsement from general manager Michael Lombardi and inspiring play the past two games have quickly unseated Weeden from the starting quarterback position. With this in mind, the Browns should explore any option to help Weeden move on from the team without looming over Hoyer’s shoulder the rest of the season.
The main option out there right now would be to give the Tennessee Titans a call after losing starting quarterback Jake Locker for 4-to-8 weeks due to injury. Weeden is not a proven commodity by any means, but he could provide depth with only Buffalo washout Ryan Fitzpatrick on the roster. Sitting at 3-1, the Titans are in prime position to make a major splash this season, and will need someone who can come in and throw the ball around the yard for their team. With David Carr being the only quarterback linked to the Titans as coming in for a workout, why not strike a deal for a mid-to-late round conditional draft pick for Weeden?
Regardless of what happens with Hoyer, Weeden will likely not take a starting snap for the Cleveland Browns again. He wasn’t the “guy” for this front office and coaching staff, and the organization has already proven with trading Trent Richardson that they are not afraid to move on from the previous regime’s selections. Acquiring some sort of compensation for a player they are likely to cut in the offseason is a Joe Banner move—if the Titans are interested.
If the Titans are not interested, the Browns should continue to make calls around the league to see what they can get for Weeden. Whether it is Hoyer or a rookie quarterback in 2014, the Weeden experiment is over, so it is time to try and get something for that lost 2012 first-round draft pick.
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