The Cleveland Browns have been a bottom dwelling franchise in the NFL since their return to the NFL. Meanwhile he franchise that was once the Browns, the Baltimore Ravens have gone on to win 2 Super Bowls. In the last 5 seasons they’ve finished either 5-11 or 4-12. In fact, since coming back into the league in 1999 they’ve only made the playoffs once, and have only posted records over 5 wins 4 times.
But Brandon Weeden thinks that is all about to change.
“I think we have a chance to be really good,” Weeden told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I’m speaking about the whole team. Guys are flying around on that side of the ball just like we are. I think we have the potential to be really, really good.”
Of course in a lot of ways this is an effort to motivate the troops with public bravado. Similar to seeing every team in the league talk about the Super Bowl. But many think Brandon Weeden might not even be the starter next season.
“I don’t want that to change,”’ he said. “Oh, that would be tough. I’m still competing every day and competing with myself, so I’m worried about me.”
“I really haven’t changed my approach since day one,” he said. “I’m right where I want to be. Overall I think my progress was pretty good. Each practice got better for myself, not only for me for the offense. I’m pleased with it. Am I satisfied? Absolutely not.”
But he didn’t just talk about himself, he praised his teammates as well.
“They’re playing fast,” he said. “The guys outside, tight ends, backs, everybody’s really, really playing fast. They’re running routes full speed and it’s tough on those safeties and corners trying to cover them.”
In particular he bragged about wide receiver Josh Gordon.
“He’s a guy that has the ability to a top-three receiver in this league,” Weeden said. “He’s got big-play capabilities. He’s a good target, he can do so many things. He’s got a ton of ability. I’m glad he’s on our side.”
But despite all that, winning their division is an uphill battle.