NFL Network’s Steve Wyche, via The Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot, claims he was told that the Cleveland Browns were forced to dial down their offense due to the inadequacies of quarterback Brandon Weeden.
Wyche claims that, in an off-camera conversation with running back Trent Richardson, the Browns quarterback struggled reading opposing defenses.
“He said as a rookie, [Weeden] really had trouble reading defenses from time to time and they had to skew their offense a little bit, sometimes somewhat predictable,” said Wyche. “He thinks things are going to open up a little bit, but he really does like Brandon Weeden.”
Richardson, who gave himself a C-plus grade for his rookie season, ultimately spoke on camera and stood behind his fellow quarterback.
“I think he’ll be my quarterback,” Richardson said. “We can’t put too much on Brandon, especially as a rookie.
“We want to make sure he believes, he knows he’s going to be our quarterback. When it comes to stuff like that, we’ve just all got to be behind him.”
In 2012, the strong-armed Weeden threw for nearly 3,400 yards, but did so with a passer rating of 72.6 with an average of 6.55 yards per attempt. He is expected to face competition for the starting job this coming season, but is also said to be one of the biggest benefactors of new head coach Rob Chudzinski as well as Norv Turner’s down-field, shotgun-friendly offense coming to Cleveland.
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