Browns QB Brandon Weeden Will Not Play in Preseason Finale

In what comes as a bit of surprise, it was announced on Tuesday that Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden will not play in the team’s preseason finale on Thursday night against the Chicago Bears. Colt McCoy will start in Weeden’s place, though Seneca Wallace and Thaddeus Lewis will also see playing time.

In addition to Weeden, head coach Pat Shurmur said that most starters will sit, and the ones that do play won’t be in the game very long. For a team that is thin in terms of depth, and has been dealing with some injuries to key players, sitting the starters in a meaningless fourth preseason game isn’t a big deal.

As for McCoy, he has been making a very strong case to be the backup quarterback in Cleveland this season. He has a 119.1 passer rating in the preseason and he is completing 75% of his passes. Granted, his success is coming against second-team defenses, but he has shown more than enough to stay on the roster.

The Browns would be smart to hang on to McCoy; that is, unless another team blows them away with a trade offer. While Weeden has had his impressive moments in the preseason, his potential for success in the NFL is still up in the air. McCoy is a serviceable backup and, more importantly, a much-needed insurance option.

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  • Terry Exline

    That playing against 2nd team defenses shit won’t fly because he is also playing WITH 2nd team offensive players. Will you guys become a mouthpiece for the Browns front office too, like the Plain Dealer? McCoy has out played Weeden the entire preseason. I haven’t seen any of those “impressive moments” of Weeden’s that you talked about. I have seen a guy that has a rocket arm, cement feet, and looked overwhelmed. Whereas most teams will not play their starters for the final preseason, most teams are not starting a rookie qb that has a completion rating of under 50% in the preseason.The same excuses that have been used to defend Weeden applied to McCoy last year. ie. no talent around him, he’s young, receivers can’t catch, etc., and in most cases, the circumstances were even worse last year. Expect NO IMPROVEMENT in any way, shape or form from this team until Holmgren is gone.