The quarterback controversy in Cleveland continues to seem like a farce, as Brandon Weeden took the first-team snaps during OTAs on Wednesday (something that, admittedly, must be taken with a grain of salt). And while the offense didn’t score in its drills, what is noteworthy is the fact that the coaches on the field were quite impressed with some of Weeden’s throws.
There is no doubt that Weeden throws a strong, accurate ball and it would appear that, so far, the Browns aren’t hiding their affection for it. Meanwhile, Colt McCoy was visibly frustrated on the practice field on Wednesday, reduced to frustrated arm thrusts after a few errant throws during the 7-on-7 drills.
Head coach Pat Shurmur says that no one should look much into the fact that Weeden got first-team reps on this particular day, but it’s hard to ignore the gushing over Weeden that occurs whenever he is on the field. It’s just further evidence that McCoy’s role as the starter is, for all intents and purposes, doomed.
It’s not surprising that Weeden is getting first-team reps, and McCoy will obviously continue to get time with the first-team offense as well. It’s the discernible difference in the talent of these two quarterbacks that is surprising, if only because it’s so early.
Is Colt McCoy suffering from being able to see the writing on the wall? Or is Weeden just that much more talented?