Make no mistake about it – Brandon Weeden is the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. Despite being selected with the 22nd overall pick in the NFL draft, there are still rumblings of a potential controversy brewing, especially if Colt McCoy stays on the roster.
But even if he does, general manager Tom Heckert has been as explicit as possible in letting the media know that the Browns did not draft the 28-year-old Weeden so he could sit on the bench.
So why would anyone think there is a quarterback controversy in Cleveland? Maybe it has something to do with the possibility that the team might be carrying four quarterbacks well into training camp and the preseason – Weeden, McCoy, Seneca Wallace, and Thad Lewis. In that regard, there might be a quarterback controversy, but it’ll only be for the backup job.
This phantom quarterback dilemma might end up being one of the reasons the team decides to eventually part ways with Colt McCoy. As long as he is on the team, many media members might not be able to resist the urge to write the easy “Who will they choose?” piece, stoking the fire the best they can, knowing that fans love a good quarterback competition.
But at the end of the day, it is Brandon Weeden who will step out onto the field in September, when the games finally begin to count in the standings. And while people in Cleveland aren’t necessarily used to the idea of knowing the starter in April and May, it’s something worth getting accustomed to.