Norv Turner has watched lots of film from the Detroit Lions games. He is worried going into week 6 about his offensive front for the Browns being able to stop the Detroit Lions from creating turnovers. He is stuck with Weeden at quarterback for the reason head coach Rob Chudzinski put out there. They have no other choice.

The Browns have used the 10 days off to try and build confidence in the quarterback they say they don’t have a choice other than to start him on Sunday. Turner said; “We need a great effort against this team.” He also said;“This is a very physical defensive front, but every week, you look on the tape, this is a really, really good defensive front. We’re going to have to play (well) up front.

How well the Browns offensive line plays up front depends on how long Weeden holds the ball in the back-field. The Browns have been working on getting Weeden to release the football sooner, but that brings another problem into view.

Weeden’s lack of ability to read an NFL defense. Sure the Browns want Weeden to release the ball sooner but they also want the ball to end up in the hands of one of Weeden’s teammates not the Lions defense.

You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Weeden is going to face a Detroit defense that already creates turn-overs. Turner is right to be concerned. He knows one of Weeden’s weaknesses is not being able to read a defense.

He should be concerned coming into Sunday’s contest with Brandon Weeden as the team’s starting quarterback. The Browns benched him once this season but git stuck with him again because of Hoyer season ending knee injury.

This game will be a great test of Weeden’s abilities or lack of ability to play quarterback in the NFL. The team is 3-2 because of solid defensive play and the play of Brian Hoyer at quarterback. If Weeden fails to play well on Sunday we have to wonder if the Cleveland coaching staff will still feel they have no other choice come next week.

The Browns we ready to move on from their soon to be 30-year-old quarterback, but then he was thrown right back in their face. Weeden knows what is at stake in this game, now it is up to him to go and prove he can play quarterback in the NFL.

He hasn’t been able to make the case yet, and going up against the Lions front 7 isn’t going to help his cause come Sunday. Weeden said he heard the boos when he stepped in for the injured Hoyer, if he turns the ball over on Sunday the boos he heard in the last game will be nothing in comparison to what he will hear in this game.

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Readers Comments (23)

  1. Tony Comella

    ” It’s too bad the Browns have no other choice.” What a ridiculous statement. They had a lot of choices. Couldn’t pick up any freakin body? What was wrong with that? Their were people out there. Would picking up Vince Young or somebody at league minimum have hurt. Did we have to stick out thumbs up our ass and just go with a rookie wild-cat QB. Marqueis Gray? Don’t do nothing and claim “No choice”

    • LG

      That is what Chud said “No Other Choice.” Tebow is still out there at least he can run…

      • Anonymous

        Tebow is way better than Weeden and has won a playoff game. Just saying!?!?!

        • LG

          You speak the truth

        • David

          And something to add to it; against the Pittspuke Squealers no less.

  2. muttklingon

    it takes time to learn how use a poker face. weeden need time to learn this! .! butt as long as . the defence offence do there job ‘s right . like they bin doing . Are Dawg’s will win! ….mutt Klingon out!.

  3. Luke49

    How soon we forget who led the Browns to a win over Detroit in the preseason. It wasn’t Hoyer. Hoyer has more interceptions than Weeden this year. Maybe Weeden is so slow so that he can make sure who gets the ball, unlike last year. He has a lot to work on to make the improvements he needs to make. The Oline is doing the same and making incremental improvements each week. Weeden wasn’t benched in favor of Hoyer , but was injured. He remained on the bench after his recovery for a short series or two, until Hoyer’s unfortunate injury. The Lions sack number is one of the lowest in the NFL. That could change this weekend of course, but no need to borrow trouble. The Browns should have this one Weeden and all. I hope they can they are going to be more heavily the next three games.

    • LG

      Preseason exactly, this isn’t preseason any more and the lions are going to try to kill Weeden especially now that suh lost the appeal.

    • dawgdog

      ur an idiot. u mention preseason? are ureally that stupid? seriously???

    • longhaul

      we are stuck with gm in there right mind would want the goofball. no talent no brains = no wins

  4. Old goat

    How about Campbell or what ever is his name. remember he was going to backup to weedhead. It is going to be along season after all. What about bringing Seneca back

    • LG

      Not sure why they haven’t used Campbell yet. Some think it is because the coaches already know what he can do. They say they wanted to see how well Hoyer was going to play and he played pretty darn good. If Weeden stumbles against the Lions I just hope the Browns do what they can to win including benching Weeden.

  5. David

    Knowing what kind of flaws Weeden has like holding the ball too long, not reading defenses, and lacking finesse over-throwing key passes, I think that Turner does have a right to be concerned. Weeden needs to drastically improve on these problems if he is to try to change critics minds about him. Don’t forget, the eyes of all of Cleveland are going to be on him from now until season’s end. Best to cross our fingers.

    • LG

      You’re right, lets the coaching staff try campbell if he struggles today.

  6. marty

    LG,Team spirit is up, and all areas show improvement.QB problems remain the same now with Hoyer out.There is no doubt Cleveland is going for a Qb for our 1st pick in the draft.Weedon will be gone as he should be.Weedon has too many faults to overcome. I believe he does try, but the tools he needs, he lacks in talent.Miracles will be needed in this game.


    LG….Chudzinski’s comment saying that the Browns don’t have a choice is a bit puzzling. You are absolutely right in that they have a veteran in Campbell. I hope that Campbell is given serious consideration if Weeden struggles.

    • LG

      Me too

  8. marty

    There is one minute till the game ends.You people that support Weedon are not of sound mind. Weedon is Cancer to the Browns.2nd half he was the biggest loser of the day. 2 passes that were right. Passes way too high, hung onto the ball like a rattle for a baby. Losing is not fun. Defense way too long.Get rid of Weedon, he is evil and the best player for the opposing team. Lg, You do a great job of explaining how weedon is bad. LG, you also do a bad job of not doing enough for management to take notice.Browns can’t win with weedon. He is holding this team back.Somehow, someway get rid of this evil source of a QB.

  9. Bearrfremont

    Browns got rid of Thaddeus Lewis who is a good solid QB—he will be a winner with the Bills.

  10. Dwight

    The Browns got rid of Thaddeus Lewis–big mistake — he is very good QB and will do well with the Bills.

  11. Big Duke

    I guess Brian Hoyer was Cleveland’s version of Lin-Insanity and was great while it lasted. Now back to reality along with Weeden as our starting QB along with his stellar 60.0+ QB Rating.

    Now with the Lions having a Pass Defense rated 21st in the NFL giving up 268.2 ypg, how did our Weeden-B-Gon do?? In some respects quite well as he only threw 2 interceptions, which is well below his normal “INT’s Per Game” stat. Now in the category that is most important to me: “Win the Frick’en Game” stat, he continues to perform on a very high level of consistency and chalked up yet ANOTHER LOSS for the Browns!!!! I would imagine Hoyer (like just about every QB around the NFL) would have lit up the Lions defense if he was starting.


    Norv Turner had every right to be concerned about turnovers by Brandon Weeden. Brandon Weeden produced today…..two interceptions!
    Chudzinski must come to the realization that Weeden is not an NFL starter. Give Campbell a try. What are we going to do, lose? Weeden insures that we do that. Weeden has started 3 games and we have lost all 3 of them!

  13. Jethro

    Could have also stuck w/ someone who was truely proud to be a Brown, and could manage a game well enough to win against superbowl contenders. Ill let someone else tell you who that is.


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