One way or another, Weeden will be challenged

Posted by Vic Carucci on February 19, 2013 – 11:54 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:

Dave — I understand Brandon Weeden will be challenged for a QB spot. Will Thaddeus Lewis have a chance to challenge? He held his own on the field.

If Lewis is on the roster during training camp, then, yes, I think he would have a legitimate chance to challenge.

But figuring out what the quarterback position will look like by the time camp starts is tricky. I suspect the group of players at the position on the roster will change at some point before offseason workouts begin. It could change dramatically, with a replacement or perhaps two coming from the free-agent/trade market and/or the draft.

I think Weeden will be in the mix. Ditto for Colt McCoy. I’m not as sure about Lewis, although I agree with you that he did hold his own in making his first NFL start against the Steelers in last year’s season-finale.

Lewis showed tremendous poise in that game, especially considering that he was facing the league’s top defense on the road. He generally made good decisions and got rid of the ball quickly. He also showed some of the athleticism that allows him to buy time in the pocket and make plays on the run.

Provided the Browns don’t get a highly established quarterback who would likely be designated the starter upon his arrival, Weeden would figure to again be a front-runner for the No. 1 spot.

But he won’t have the job handed to him.

Weeden would have to demonstrate through the offseason and the summer that he is worthy of starting for a second season. He must respond favorably to the considerable technical coaching that I expect him to receive from offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Norv Turner.

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Re-signing Dawson not as easy as it might seem

Posted by Vic Carucci on February 19, 2013 – 2:29 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:

Tyler – Please keep Phil Dawson!! Getting rid of him shouldn’t even be an option. Phil Dawson has been our MVP for the last decade!!!

I hear you loud and clear on Dawson, Tyler.

There is no denying his importance to the Browns, or the fact he is one of the greatest kickers in the game – and has been for a long time.

Still, there also is no denying that the business of football is a factor in such decisions.

As tremendous a contribution as Dawson has made through the years, the Browns will need to assess a potential long-term investment in him on the basis of how many strong years he has ahead of him and on other investments they might make in future players they would want to retain or the free-agent market.

The Browns have placed a franchise tag on Dawson in each of the past two years. If he were to be tagged a third year in a row, he would be entitled to compensation equal to that of a quarterback.

The bottom line is that re-signing Dawson might not very well be the slam dunk that many of us think. I’m not saying it won’t get done, but it will present some challenges.

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