No cause for quarterback change

Posted by Vic Carucci on December 18, 2012 – 11:26 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:

Michael – Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is for the Browns to give Colt McCoy the ball already!!

Michael, I know I’m not Santa and I won’t speak for him or anyone else, but I don’t agree that the Browns should turn the starting quarterback job over to McCoy for the final two games.

I think the Browns need to allow Brandon Weeden to finish the season and then leave it to the people running the team to determine whether he is, in fact, the long-term answer at the position.

His poor performance against the Redskins was a step back, but I’m not convinced it was a step off of the proverbial cliff as far as his future with the team. I still think he has done significantly more good than bad as a rookie starter. He has had the expected ups and downs that rookie quarterbacks have, but still provides what looks like enough of a foundation on which a solid No. 1 quarterback can be built.

Weeden has helped give the Browns a stronger big-play passing threat than they previously had. He does need to show greater consistency with his reads and decision-making with the ball.

But now is not the time to sit him down and go with McCoy, or anyone else for that matter. Two more games will provide more vital information about Weeden to the team’s decision-makers. I don’t think there is a need to see what McCoy can or can’t do through these remaining games because he has put together a sufficient body of work for any determinations about his future with the club to be made.

Ben – We may be out of playoffs. You heard it here first: Next year, we’re gonna cause some ruckus.

I like the way you think, Ben.

I do think there is a good deal of promise in the young talent the Browns have. And that isn’t only my opinion. I have heard that from multiple NFL people, including a couple who have been part of assembling some of the strongest teams in the history of the league.

But merely having some good players in place, alone, won’t be enough to get the Browns into the postseason. The team needs to continue to add talent and it will also be incumbent upon the coaches to maximize their production.

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