If nothing else, it’s a fun team to watch

Posted by Vic Carucci on December 13, 2012 – 3:12 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:

Patrick – I have been saying this since Week 2: Brandon Weeden is the Browns’ quarterback for the future. His chemistry with Greg Little, Josh Gordon, and Josh Cooper is something you can’t just cast aside because he had a typical rookie QB year. People want new coaches and quarterbacks every year until we get to the Super Bowl. We need to let this cake bake. We go screwing with it now, then it’s back to rebuilding for three-five years. I have reason to honestly believe and hope that next year IS THE YEAR!

You make some valid points, Patrick.

Weeden seems to steadily establish himself as the Browns’ long-term solution at quarterback. His throwing ability stacks up with many other passers in the NFL. He has had plenty of production. And, yes, he is developing excellent chemistry with his young receiving corps.

True, Weeden has displayed some of the usual growing pains that rookie quarterbacks have. But he also has shown excellent resilience, bouncing back from bad plays to make big throws and lead scoring drives.

People are always seeking to replace quarterbacks and coaches when a team isn’t contending for the Super Bowl, and this season has been no different on that count. Still, when a club has won only five games, such talk is going to be heard. And although change can result in triggering yet another “rebuilding” process, that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case, especially with what appears to be a young, up-and-coming club.

Will the Browns, in fact, “let the cake bake?” We’ll see. The next three games could go a long way toward determining as much.

Johnny – Whether you like Brandon Weeden or not, one thing is for sure: the Browns’ games this year are actually watchable, and dare I say, at times, enjoyable! Bottom line here is that the Browns have been more fun to watch this year than I can remember in a long while. They show promise. I believe the Browns are finally headed in the right direction. Oh, and hey, don’t look now, but our defense is pretty damn good. Not even looking at stats or ranks, but just watching the game, they’re a pretty good squad.

This has become a very fun team to watch, Johnny.

And the improvement on offense is a large part of that, obviously. Weeden, Josh Gordon, Trent Richardson, and others are making plays that make the Browns’ offense exciting to watch.

The defense is good. It’s physical. It makes big stops. It makes big plays.

Your eyes do not deceive you.

Anthony – I think we can beat the Redskins. Their defense is horrible and ours is playing very well.

I feel good about Sunday’s game as well, Anthony.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the Redskins’ defense as “horrible.” Although the unit ranks near the bottom of the NFL in total and passing yards allowed, the Redskins do rank seventh against the run.

But I do think the Browns are capable of playing well enough defensively to give them a chance to win, as has been the case through the vast majority of the season.

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