Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 11/14/12
BEREA The rest of the season starts Sunday for the coaches, front office personnel and players of the Browns. Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner have said on the record that they will all be under the microscope as the two make decisions pertaining to the future of the team. However, there is probably no more of an important decision that the organization can make than whether Brandon Weeden is the franchise quarterback the team has so desperately been seeking. The Browns will likely once again have a high draft pick in the first round, but not a second-round pick due to the selection of Josh Gordon in the second-round of the supplemental draft. Do they even consider drafting another quarterback in the first-round next April? Weeden has had an up-and-down season, as expected from a rookie in the NFL. He is 185-of 336 (55.1 pct.)for 2,088 yards with nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions. His rating is 67.9. Pat Shurmur feels that Weeden can be the guy the Browns used a No. 1 draft choice to be. However, he said hes got to be better at taking care of the ball. I think hes got a chance to be an outstanding player, Shurmur said. I dont think theres any question about it. Thats it. Hes got to lead us to victories and dont throw as many interceptions. Shurmur was asked what does Weeden need to do to eliminate them. Dont throw them. Done. End of story. After starting his NFL career with a zero touchdown, four interception game against the Eagles, Weeden has thrown nine touchdowns to just eight interceptions. Shurmur said that Weeden has all the tools, but it boils down to the decisions that he makes. The essence of a quarterback is you have to be a good decision maker and you have to decide when its important to try to be aggressive with a throw and then its also important to then, of course, be smart with the football, he said. Ive looked at all those interceptions and there were times when (Weeden) couldve made better decisions. Then of course things that happen when a ball bounces off a guys chest, he said. So you look at all those things. You dont want to play anxious football, but you also have to be smart and I think thats something we all have to come to grips with. This weeks counterpart for Weeden, Tony Romo, has been embattled in a similar fashion as hes never been able to lead the Cowboys to a championship. Romo is in his 10th NFL season and at the age of 32 some in Dallas wonder if hes the answer for the Cowboys. In 2012, Romo is 230-of-344 (66.9 pct.) for 2,603 yards with 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and a 85.2 rating. However, he has proven he can lead his team to victory when the game is on the line, something that Weeden has yet to do. Romos career QB rating in the fourth quarter is 100.6, while Weedens is 63.2 in his rookie season. The game is never over when (Romos) got the ball in his hand, Shurmur said. Hes got outstanding weapons to throw the football to. Notebook TRich Good: RB Trent Richardson is expected to be as healthy as he has been in quite a while. After missing the preseason recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, he suffered bruised ribs against the Bengals. He is coming off of back-to-back 100-yard rushing games. With a week of rest after the bye week, Shurmur was asked if Richardson was healthy. He says he is I havent like punched him in the ribs or anything, but hes going be out there practicing, Shurmur said. He said he feels good. Captain Ben: TE Ben Watson was named the fourth captain for this weeks game. Only Dimitri: The only player on the active roster not practicing Wednesday was DB Dimitri Patterson (ankle). TV Time: The Travel Channel has been around Berea filming for the show that will debut on Dec. 4 about the Browns and what it entails to travel a team in the NFL. The show is being produced with NFL Films and RIVR Media, which Dee Haslam, the wife of owner Jimmy Haslam is the founder and CEO of.
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