Learning to cope with the elements

Posted by Vic Carucci on October 30, 2012 – 2:03 am

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:

Craig – Glad we have Trent Richardson, and that he delivered against the Chargers Sunday!! Now if our quarterback can learn to play in those wet, windy, cold conditions we might have something.

Yes, Craig, Richardson definitely handled himself well on a day meant for running.

He ignored the brutal weather, put his head down, and had the best day of his young NFL career. The Browns’ offensive line also played with the same sense of focus and determination, ignoring the elements and consistently opening holes for the running game.

Brandon Weeden does need to develop the ability to overcome conditions that are far from ideal for passing. But the fact is the former Oklahoma State star has had very little exposure to moisture during a football game, let alone the torrential rain with which he dealt Sunday.

His first real football encounter with wet weather came during the Browns’ Sept. 23 game against the Buffalo Bills.

Daniel – Last year people complained about Colt McCoy. Brandon Weeden has an arm that allows him to throw downfield. Let’s give him a chance. Changing quarterbacks every year doesn’t get it done. Glad they are playing who they drafted.

Agreed, Daniel.

Weeden merits the opportunity he has been given, and I think he has what it takes to remain a long-term starter. He is a big reason why the Browns are producing more explosive pass plays (20 yards or longer) than they have in a long time. His strong, accurate arm puts him ahead of several other quarterbacks in the NFL.

But he must continue to prove himself.

As I mentioned above, Weeden is still learning how to handle adverse weather conditions. And he needs to accelerate that process because the weather in Cleveland isn’t likely to get a whole lot better in the coming weeks and months.

Still, I like the fact that he did a good job of taking care of the ball against the Chargers. He is gaining a strong grasp of the critical importance of avoiding turnovers and not being overly confident in that big, strong arm.

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