Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 2/15/13

You never want to be a guy drafted by the previous regime when your future is in doubt. Brandon Weeden had a pretty typical up and down rookie year for a relatively bad team last season. He also played for a pretty questionable (at best) coaching staff and was surrounded by fellow rookies in key skill positions. Still, it seems that the new Cleveland Browns brass might have already seen enough. There are apparently some league rumblings that Weeden could be traded this off-season. The tidbit from the National Football Post indicates that Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi “don’t think much” of Brandon Weeden. While, they haven’t said much about Weeden recently, we certainly know that Lombardi wasn’t a fan of the selection at the time Tom Heckert 1 made the selection. So that’s not at all unreasonable to assume that they “don’t think much” of him. The Post also says that they could trade him “when they can get something for him.” Not if, mind you, but when. This indicates that either the sources of the rumor, or the writer himself still thinks that Weeden, coming off a very rookie-like season, might still be able to give them something back of value. Then again, “something” isn’t exactly indicative of anything substantial. One thing’s for sure. Quarterbacks are always in demand in the NFL and someone will always give more than they are worth in trade. Still, it is highly doubtful that the Browns can get anything close to an approximation of the value of the 22nd pick they used a year ago to draft him. [Related: NFL Draft: Browns should avoid selecting a quarterback early per Mel Kiper] ___________________________________ I still always assume Mike Holmgren made the Weeden pick. Sue me.

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5 Comments:
  • Weeden was coached poorly and not allowed to change plays. Norv and Chud are smart enough to design plays to capitalize on Weeden's strengths. Get Weeden 1 more receiver, a healthy Richardson and some better plays and he'll do much better.
  • Gee who said they blew it with that pick? that they should've taken DeCastro and maybe just maybe with TR (who we got jipped out of picks by minn) the Browns would have had and identity as a badass downhill running team. If they pick one of the multiple QB stiffs at 6 this year I will be sick. Pick the best edge rusher- sign Kruger from Balt & Wallace from Pitt and we get stronger and weaken division foes.
  • Weedon is a bust. He doesn't have it. He doesn't have the heart or fast reactionary of the game.
  • OK, let's waste more draft picks and potential talent. We'd be lucky to get a 4th round pick for Brandon. 1 in a hundred 4th round QBs would be comparable to Weeden. Anybody like those odds?
  • Weeden did suffer from bad coaching... but bad coaching does not explain overthrows of wide open receivers... of not checking down to secondary and open receivers... of ducking and falling instead of moving when pressure was on him. He was a bad choice; he was too old to be a rookie, and I will not hurt to see him gone. McCoy should have been given a real chance. Browns have some good young receivers,a good running game... just needed coachies who knew what they were doing and a QB who didn't fold under pressure.
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