Immediate impact key to judging Weeden

Posted by Bernie Kosar on May 1, 2012 – 1:44 am

By Bernie Kosar, Special Contributor to ClevelandBrowns.com

Here are some highlights from my latest appearance on “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford”:

You can’t underestimate the importance of acquiring a potential franchise quarterback, as the Browns did by making Brandon Weeden the 22nd overall pick of the draft.

That’s especially important for the Browns fans, given the last 13 years and the state of the record.

Does the fact he is 28 years old possibly take away from his ability to be a long-term answer? In a perfect world, I’d like to have someone in place for 10 to 15 years.

But at the end of the day, this world is not perfect and you have to adjust. And the next five years, the next couple of years, this pick definitely upgrades us and gives us a chance to be better and deeper at the quarterback position.

Marc Trestman, head coach of the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes and a guy I really respect and who had a big influence on my life professionally and personally, was one of the guys who worked out and prepared Weeden for the Senior Bowl, the Combine, and the draft. He loves Weeden’s ability to throw the ball – his release, his footwork, his intelligence, and his passion for the game. He’s a big believer in Brandon Weeden.

In addition to Weeden’s age, a lot has also been made of the fact he played professional baseball before establishing himself as a top quarterback at Oklahoma State, and the fact he played in a spread offense in college. The spread offense that Oklahoma State ran throws a lot of glorified running plays in the form of bubble screens and things of that nature.

But at the end of the day, Weeden went to the Senior Bowl from a pro-style offense and he’s able to make the pro-style throws. I don’t think the fact he played in a spread offense in college will be a problem.

And I think the fact that, in college, he has been able to throw the ball with some velocity in tough situations is going to allow him to progress in the pros.

Be sure to catch Bernie Kosar’s regular appearances with Vic Carucci on “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford,” Monday through Friday, 6-7 p.m. ET, live on ESPN 850 WKNR and ClevelandBrowns.com


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3 Responses to “Immediate impact key to judging Weeden”

  1. By dan tishman aka chevyman on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    Well Bernie he didn’t score countless TD’s and unlimited drives like you did your last game in College, but he ain’t chopped liver either! We are on the fast track to a great team! Go BRowns!

  2. By brwns_fan on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    True, Weeden has a pistol. He doesn’t need laces up or down for his rocket. That, more than anything else, gives him extra tenths of a second looking down field, at a safety, at the DE’s, at the HOT. However, he’s still raw. Colt will play one more year then be the best kind of backup, one that started and knows game speed.

    Hank Stram was a great QB. He could SELL his looks at the safety and linebackers. I remember one time he dropped the ball and still had time to throw. LBs thought he was sneaking behind the line and froze. Ozzy snuck right by them for 1st down. That’s making the defense do what you want or be confused.

  3. By Captain Cleveland on May 7, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, I’m torn on Weeden. While I respect McCoy, I do not think he was the long-term answer. But should we have taken a 29 year old QB (he’ll be 29 a month into the season so I’m calling him 29) when we could have taken potential 12 year All-Pros like DeCastro who will now be stopping Browns d-linemen from getting to Rapistburger for those 12 years? And the ripple effect of the Weeden pick should not be overlooked. Had we taken a WR at 22 (like Stephen Hill, all 6’4″ 215 lbs of him and his 29ypc average), we add a premier talent at a position of obvious need and our 4th round pick is now free to pick a DB or a better OLB prospect or another OL for even more depth and starter potential candidates to compete with Lavau and Pinkston. I love Weeden and think he has the potential to be the best QB in the division. I like his mindset better than Flacco. I like his physical talent over Dalton. And I like that he doesn’t rape women like Rapistburger does. And I like that he seems to combine an ideal physical skill set with a terrific mental make-up. I just wish we could have him for 6/7 more years than we’ll have him since he’ll be 30 in his second year. But at QB that’s obviously not as big a deal as with a RB or WR. Go Browns. Love ya Bernie.

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