Another year, another brand-new Cleveland Browns team, complete with a new offensive philosophy. It was obvious that Pat Shurmur’s version of the West Coast offense did not suit quarterback Brandon Weeden very well in his first season, but now he will be part of new head coach Rob Chudzinski’s offensive system.
Or will he? Chudzinski certainly likes to air it out, which is something Weeden is well-suited for. But that doesn’t mean the new coach won’t want to bring in his own quarterback.
Weeden deserves the chance to improve as a starter in his second season, especially in a better offense. One hopes that Chudzinski will see that and maintain some level of consistency on an offense that will be going through yet another major transition. Weeden has developed a strong relationship with his wide receivers (especially Josh Gordon and Greg Little) and it would serve the Browns well to build upon that.
Of course, common sense isn’t always the case in the NFL, especially when a new coach rides into town. Competition might be brought in, but Weeden should be able to fight for – and win- his job.