There is no way around it – Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden had a historically bad first start in the NFL. It is doubtful that anyone in Cleveland is trying to dispute that, including the Browns.
Like the changing of the seasons, though, an early quarterback controversy is all but guaranteed for this organization.
The thing is, this latest attempt at fostering some sort of controversy is simply a result of maniacal fans and the media looking to egg them on.
Let’s put it to rest right now: Brandon Weeden is the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, and that is not going to change anytime soon.
Despite the clamoring for Colt McCoy, one must keep in mind that the NFL season is one week old. It seems borderline insane to have this discussion, but such is the general discourse in Cleveland. It’s also just as foolish to assume that every game will be as bad for Weeden.
No one is going to defend Weeden’s first start, but he was the 22nd overall pick in April. The Browns are hitching their wagon to him because they have already determined that McCoy isn’t the guy to get it done.
To go back now, so absurdly soon, would be a move with disastrous consequences. It would do nothing more than create a storm of speculation that would generate such a grating, unrelenting amount of attention in the city that a positive outcome simply would not be possible.
Many people were calling for McCoy to play in Sunday’s opener when it was obvious that Weeden was struggling mightily. With the game close – and the Browns even nursing a six-point lead at one point – McCoy could have come in to save the day. Or the outcome could have very easily been the same. After all, what about McCoy in the last two seasons suggested he would be such a difference?
Regardless, Brandon Weeden is and will continue to be the Browns’ starting quarterback. He deserves a real chance, which the team has decided to offer.