In what was expected to be one of the most hotly contested quarterback controversies this summer, the Cleveland Browns seem to be playing favorites. At a banquet for Cleveland Browns fans, General Manager Tom Heckert says that Brandon Weeden starting is the plan.
“You can write about it and talk about it however you want,” Heckert said. “The best guy is going to play and we fully expect Brandon to be that guy. That’s our goal is to have him be the guy. I think when we say, open competition, the best guy’s going to play, that’s just the way it is. But we drafted Brandon Weeden to be that guy.
“(You) draft a guy 22nd in the draft, you think he’s going to be that guy.”
With that mindset it seems like Cleveland is not giving Colt McCoy much of a chance to retain his starting position. McCoy has gone 6-15 as a starter, and missed the last 3 games of last season with a concussion after staring the first 13 games. The Browns were also very activly trying to move up in the draft to acquire either Andrew Lock or Robert Griffin III.
Heckert went on to praise Weeden’s performance in rookie minicamps recently.
“He’s got a strong arm, he’s accurate, he’s smart and picking up the offense was nothing for him,” Heckert said.
Cleveland is hoping Brandon Weeden can be a breakout rookie for them, much like Andy Dalton last year of the instate rival Cincinnati Bengals. However Weeden faces the same problems that most likely plagued McCoy. Greg Little, Mohamed Massaquoi, and Evan Moore as targets. But with Trent Richardson in the back field, a strengthen running game might be able to help Weeden succeed.