Time for Browns QB revolution

Brandon Weeden could be great, but the Browns shouldn't wait if he isn't

Originally Published: September 27, 2012
By Chris Sprow | ESPN Insider
Brandon WeedenAP Photo/Kevin TerrellIf Brandon Weeden isn't the answer, the Browns shouldn't hesitate to replace him.

In 1992, Dan Marino led the NFL in passing yards with 4,116. In second place was Steve Young, who torched NFL defenses for 3,465 yards.

In the 20 years since, the NFL slowly but officially ceded to the forward pass, both in rules that protect receivers and QBs, and by introducing increasingly advanced QBs to the league. Last season, 10 QBs cracked 4,000 yards. Young's total in 1992 would have ranked 16th in 2011, just behind Mark Sanchez. Steadily, and with the approval of the NFL, the passing game has exploded, and the evidence is everywhere.

Except in Cleveland.

Sure, some Browns passers have had moments, but Cleveland as a franchise has basically sat out of the passing revolution. (Browns fans: Though this will be brief, please grab motion-sickness bags or some other sturdy receptacle.)