Lets face the facts folks, the Cleveland Browns are stuck with a soon to be 30-year-old quarterback in Brandon Weeden, who should have never been taken in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft, and Rob Chudzinski isn’t completely satisfied with him. Otherwise Chud wouldn’t be so hesitant to name Weeden as the Browns starting quarterback for the up-coming 2013 NFL season.
Weeden may have a strong-arm, but Chudzinski, who has worked with a number of NFL quarterbacks over the years isn’t sold on Weeden’s football I.Q.. Weeden has always struggled trying to understand the complexities of football. While he was at Oklahoma State, the offense had to be over-simplified in order for Weeden to get it.
Last season with the Cleveland Browns, the offense had to be over simplified for Weeden to understand it. Chudzinski may not want to curtail the Cleveland offense that Norv Turner will lead, to fit into Weeden’s mental capacity.
Weeden, doesn’t get the complexities of a NFL offense. Having a strong-arm is one thing, understanding how to beat another teams defense is entirely something else. Weeden struggles in the football classroom. He doesn’t get it and he doesn’t work hard enough to get it.
The Browns have another choice coming into the 2013 season. They brought Jason Campbell into Cleveland for more than just driving Weeden to become better. They brought him in because of his NFL experience. The guy gets the complexities of the NFL. He understands how to read a team’s defense and his experience could make him the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback for the 2013 season.
If Weeden wants to be the starter this season, he is going to have to put on a demonstration, that he gets it. I don’t think his football I.Q. is going to let that happen. He has some high hurdles to jump over to prove he deserves the chance to start in the 2013 season.
Chudzinski gets it and he is going to force Weeden to put in the work this season. If Weeden doesn’t excel, both on the field and in the classroom, he won’t be the starting quarterback for the 2013 Cleveland Browns.
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