Saturday, February 9, 2013
Do Browns have faith in Brandon Weeden?
By Vince Verhei
Bud Shaw of the Cleveland Plain Dealer points out the serious differences between the ages and accomplishments of the quarterbacks in the AFC North. Joe Flacco is 28 and just won a Super Bowl. Ben Roethlisberger is 31, and had won two Super Bowls by the time he was 27. Andy Dalton is 25 and has twice led the Bengals to the playoffs. And Brandon Weeden is 29 with only five wins on his resume.
Shaw then asks the obvious question: do new Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner have faith in Weeden to develop, or are they already looking for his replacement?
"Pushing Weeden means bringing in a veteran backup to challenge him in training camp," he writes. "Pushing him out means bringing in Alex Smith, the deposed San Francisco starter."
"Smith's acquisition would come one of two ways. The Browns would trade for him to make sure he's theirs, or wait until he becomes a free agent, whereupon they'd have to outbid other suitors."
"Either way -- giving up talent to get him or giving him a multiyear contract at serious money -- Smith would come to town as the ordained starter. Weeden then goes from fast-tracked No. 1 in 2011 to inexperienced, cobwebbed, 30-year-old backup."