Recognition will come with wins

Posted by Vic Carucci on October 26, 2012 – 7:23 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:

Patrick – What does Brandon Weeden need to do to be included in the national rookie quarterback discussion? The analysts act like there are only four rookie quarterbacks instead of five.

He needs to win, Patrick.

National analysts are no different than most of the rest of us when it comes to recognizing top performers in the league: They focus on players whose teams are successful.

That said, I’ve spoken with quite a few highly respected NFL observers who are impressed with what they’ve seen from Weeden and acknowledge that he is making steady improvement despite the Browns’ 1-6 record. They are watching his development with great interest and believe he has established himself as one of the league’s better rookies, regardless of position, this season. Weeden took a big step by mostly outperforming the Colts’ Andrew Luck, the top pick of the draft, last week.

However, until the Browns start winning, it is unlikely that individual players or the team, itself, will generate a whole lot of national conversation.

Alan – The Browns were outmuscled at the line of scrimmage against the Colts.

Agreed, Alan.

The Browns neither generated a consistent push for the run nor did they stop a banged-up rushing attack from being productive. And that is the very definition of what you’re talking about.

The Browns simply can’t afford to allow that to happen again when they face the Chargers Sunday.

It doesn’t matter that Trent Richardson is still dealing with a chest/rib injury or that the Chargers have the top-ranked run defense in the NFL. Other backs, such as Montario Hardesty, need to answer the call and find success on the ground, with the help of an offensive line that gets some movement against a stout defensive front.

It also doesn’t matter that the Chargers have a trio of effective running backs in Ryan Mathews, Jackie Battle, and Ronnie Brown, or that the Browns will again be without tackles Ahtyba Rubin and Phil Taylor. Rookie tackles John Hughes and Billy Winn, and the rest of the Browns’ defensive front need to step up and rebound from a poor showing at Indianapolis.

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