Could Browns handle success?

Posted by Vic Carucci on July 24, 2012 – 9:32 pm

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

You’ve got questions and comments that you submit to the Browns’ official Facebook and Twitter pages. Here’s what I have to say about what you have to say:

DANIEL — Hey, Vic, does Cleveland have the mentality to deal with success, because the parts are in place right now. In my mind, the defense is going to have to get off the field because the offense’s only limitations are in the mind.

Love the optimism, Daniel.

First of all, the ability to cope with success would be a great problem for the Browns to have. But I have no idea if they are equipped to handle it.

You’re talking about a team that, one, hasn’t enjoyed anything approaching success in a long time, and, two, is comprised of a whole lot of young players who are feeling their way in the NFL.

Given the low expectations that national pundits have for this club, I would suspect that the players should have a fairly easy time of being motivated to prove people wrong. Playing the role of underdog is a time-tested source of strong inspiration.

RYAN — Do you believe we actually have a quarterback that can lead receivers so the receivers get more yards after the catch?

Yes, Ryan. That’s an aspect of Brandon Weeden’s game to which I paid particularly close attention during minicamp and OTA workouts, and I saw him consistently place the ball where receivers could catch it and then immediately explode upfield.

His ability to deliver the ball with tremendous velocity, precision, and accuracy allows the receiver to get into position to make a play rather than having to wait for the pass and/or turn awkwardly for the catch. In both cases, the defender has an advantage.

Weeden’s quick release also creates an opportunity for greater effectiveness on slant routes that are a staple of the Browns’ West Coast offense.

AARON — Am I the only die-hard and lifelong Browns fans that feels like Colt McCoy was “The Truth” and that he wasn’t given the time, the talent, or the playbook to succeed? Or that bringing in a middle-aged man (in football years) that has already played out another sport may be a bit jumpy?

No, Aaron, you have plenty of company among people who believe McCoy didn’t receive a fair opportunity to show that he has what it takes to lock himself in as the Browns’ starter.

However, I don’t agree that the Browns’ decision to make Weeden the 22nd overall pick of the draft and proceed with the notion that he will become their long-term answer at quarterback was a case of being “jumpy.” It was a move the team’s hierarchy believed it had to make when presented with a chance to vastly improve its most important position.

And that’s what Brandon Weeden gives the Browns.

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2 Responses to “Could Browns handle success?”

  1. By dan tishman aka chevyman on Jul 25, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Vic for the response to my question let me say there are 5-6 emerging and new leaders on this team DQ #1, Trich #2, Brandon Weedon #3, Cribbs #4, Thomas #5 and TJ Ward #6 and that leadership shows up in games but also in practice. IT’s solid it’s across the board and it is worth an unmeasurable amount to this young team. This team has match up advantages for the first time in forever and they will use Weedon’s vision arm and stud wide outs/backfield to move the ball. No doubt! Can they exploit the defenses weakness all game long hell Yes! Can the defense reward the offense for it’s production with more of the same? Heck yes! Go Browns!

  2. By Nate on Jul 25, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s see if a receiver can step up? We have no number 1, to rely on someone who dropped more balls than twinkies is pretty scary! 1st and 3rd down’s are the key to winning and a receiver will have to step up if we make it out of the 50 club!

    Boy I hope we hire a good receiver coach, cause we got a bunch of kids.

    Go browns!

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