I guess if you have been around the Cleveland Browns since they returned to the NFL in 1999, you become a little worried when you see the team having some success in the preseason. Veteran Browns watchers have seen too many times the team win int he preseason only to have a terrible regular season. Vic Carucci, Senior Editor at the official Cleveland Browns site feels that way. He too has seen a team that shows promise in the preseason only to have a terrible regular season. Carucci said, “I’m still not sure how much to take from it relative to judging how the team will play in the regular season. I’m still reluctant to say that all of the good we’ve seen from the team in a 2-0 start – especially in that 35-10 win against Green Bay – is something that will continue when the games count.”

Carucci also said the team seems to have more talent this season and like so many of the fans, he too his hoping to see a much improved regular season. Hey, who isn’t? After watching the Browns over the past 13 years you are left wondering when they can turn things around. A true test come this Friday night when the Eagles roll into Browns stadium. Even though Vick is going to missing in action the Eagles defense  should be a good test to see how improved Brandon Weeden really is.
Weeden who went 3 for 9 in the teams first preseason game looked somewhat better in the Green Bay game. Some aren’t sold about Weeden being the answer for the Browns problems. Weeden was only 3 for 8 against the Green Bay first team and got most of his completions when the Packers had their second stringers on the field. If Shurmur plays Weeden for the entire first quarter, the Cleveland fans should get a good look at just how good Brandon Weeden can be.

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Readers Comments (15)

  1. Dan Roth

    I still would be more comfortable with MCcoy starting a couple of games.Keep him and cut Wallav\ce.

    • LG

      Dan, I think a lot of people feel that way including myself….

  2. jimgallo

    let do a recap on weeden this preseason. 3for9 a fou,. 1 int,. and 1 droped int. with first strings team. 3for8 last week.2 droped int. great job pat. first pick in next years draft. way to go browns brain trust.

  3. ABrown

    Every time I read how much more confident our starting QB is feeling but how hard he thought training camp was I get less confident. I don’t think either GB or Detroit were going any where close to full speed against us.

    I’ve been wondering about the line with so many rookies and young players. Like every young player they have to gain NFL strength, technique, and speed. But doesn’t the O-line have to be a coordinated unit, working together and doesn’t it take a year or two for so many new players to really work together?

  4. Bill D

    I would also feel better about McCoy starting mainly because Weeden doesn’t have good mobility and given the Offensive Line he is going to get banged up and roughed up. If McCoy is traded it will be a long season if Wallace is the backup.

  5. RICK

    Hell we might as well not play tonight and rest our players from the sound of things you have already written us off.

    • LG

      I haven’t written us off at all. Could be a good game we will have to wait and see Rick

    • ABrown

      Oh heck no, don’t miss any preseason games. We have a pretty good chance to win those.

      • RICK

        ABrown you forgot to mention the regular season wins we are going to get

  6. Old Coach

    Weeden has very little mobility and tends to stare down his receivers. That and making some questionable decisions when pressured heavily tells me that he really isn’t ready. I, too, would feel much more comfortable with McCoy starting the regular season while Weeden sits and learns but we know with his high pick in the draft, that isn’t going to happen. I’m not yet sold on Weeden and if he doesn’t improve soon would look at his high draft pick as a mistake considering the other improvements that could have been made to the team. Personally, I think he was taken too high, that Colt should have had another year to prove himself and if he failed, then next year would be the year to draft a quarterback high as there will be some really good ones coming out.

  7. RICK

    Thats probably what they said about the Mannings but the coaches didnt listen and decided it was time for a change. Seamed to work out pretty well from what i have seen from them.

    • ABrown

      Weeden is like Peyton and Eli Manning? Good one, Rick.
      That’s funny.

      • LG

        I’m still laughing over that one…..

  8. RICK

    I’M not banking the season on what the senior editor says

  9. ABrown

    I’m with the people who say revolving quarterbacks is not as good an idea as building the overall team or at least building a really great O-line that can protect the QB.

    But it is what it is, so I’ve been thinking about what to look for tonight. Training camp reports say that Weeden is doing well throwing down the middle but not so well to the sidelines.

    I want to see him throw some successful passes to out routes, one successful screen, maybe at least one pass into the end zone, and some successful really quick outlet passes (so far backs that have been hit with those have looked shocked) to beat the rush. I’d also like to see more poise under pressure. I’d like to see Weeden lead a drive the length of the field for a touchdown.

    For the line, I’d like to see them opening holes for running backs on the right as well as the left and I’m really curious, just like everyone else, how they hold up and work together against the Philadelphia pass rush,


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