Almost one year ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers knocked the Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy out of action. Today the Steelers knocked the Browns 29-year-old rookie Brandon Weeden out of action forcing head coach Pat Shurmur to play his back up Colt McCoy. I wonder what went Shurmur’s mind? He certainly wasn’t going to let McCoy throw a pass in the game. He would rather go 3 and out punt the ball and leave it up to the Browns defense to win the game. Why not? The Browns defense played great today, this had to be one of the best defensive performances by the Cleveland Browns defense in years, or was it? We have to remember the Steelers came into the game at a disadvantage. But so what, t he NFL works that way. Injuries are a part of the sport and the Browns beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Brandon Weeden didn’t exactly shine in the game, he played just well enough to put more points on the board than the Pittsburgh Steelers were able to do with their third string quarterback Charlie Batch. Weeden started out watch one of his passes get picked off and returned for a touchdown giving the Steelers an early 7 point lead. The Browns were then blessed from above with all kinds of Pittsburgh Steelers fumbles. This was to be Weeden’s day. Although Weeden continued to make poor throws and the Steelers had an opportunity to intercept a number of Weeden’s errant throws they dropped the ball.
Now comes the problem that Pat Shurmur is facing. Brandon Weeden left the game with a head injury. How bad is the injury? We don’t know yet. If Weeden has suffered a concussion what is Shurmur going to do next week? He will be forced to start Colt McCoy. What if Colt McCoy goes into action and out-performs Brandon Weeden just like he did in the preseason? What is Shurmur’s next move? Does he leave McCoy with the starting job? Does Shurmur do what is best to get the Browns wins? Or does he quickly get Weeden back into action so people can’t see how good McCoy is and it was Pat Shumur and his stupid decision to start his 29-year-old rookie that has coasted the Cleveland Browns another losing season?
If Colt McCoy comes into the game and gets a win and makes it look easy, Shurmur is going to look like more of a fool than he already does. Shurmur has some serious soul-searching to do this week. You have to do what is best for the Cleveland Browns. It is going to get very interesting in Browns town…..
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