Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Cleveland's QB competition
By Tim Kavanagh
When the new decision-making team took over the Cleveland Browns -- later bringing in a new HC in Rob Chudzinski and OC in Norv Turner -- many presumed that this could mean some changes to the club's outlook at QB. Incumbent starter Brandon Weeden had his ups and downs as a rookie, but he'll be back in some form for 2013; the outlook for backup Colt McCoy is more clouded. And, there could be some other entrants in the QB competition.
The Browns have been linked to 49ers backup Alex Smith and Patriots backup Ryan Mallett in potential trades (Smith worked with Turner, and new director of player personnel Michael Lombardi is keen on Mallett); however, the Browns are without a second-round pick this year, thanks to their securing of WR Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft last season. In free agency, the options aren't incredibly strong, though Matt Moore is an intriguing option. Whoever joins the battle, Weeden is confident that he'll retain his title.
"I completely expect to be the starter," Weeden said before an appearance Monday at the Cleveland Auto Show, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "That's my mind-set going in. I'm confident in my ability to be the guy, to lead this football team. I expect completely to be better this year than I was last year."
Some may see that as a being a bit too headstrong, but on the other hand, would it be better if he quipped that he was ready to lose the competition and hold a clipboard all season? Nevertheless, this will continue to be one of the big storylines for Cleveland through the preseason.