Addressing quarterback situation

Posted by Vic Carucci on February 28, 2013 – 12:10 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:

Judy– Are the Browns actively seeking a new quarterback?

If, by new quarterback, you mean looking for a replacement for Brandon Weeden, I don’t think that’s the case, Judy.

The fact Alex Smith is no longer available, having been traded from the San Francisco 49ers to the Kansas City Chiefs, is worth mentioning if only because of the speculation that the Browns might have had interest in him because Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner had success with him in San Francisco.

But even if Smith were still potentially in play for the Browns, I’d say that Weeden’s chances of remaining the team’s quarterback are good. I think he has the physical attributes – big guy who stands tall in the pocket and has a strong arm – that fit the Rob Chudzinski/Turner offense well – and much better than Smith.

I’m not saying that Weeden is an absolute lock to start. None of the Browns’ top decision-makers has said that.

What they’ve said is that Weeden will compete for the No. 1 spot, and that makes perfect sense. They inherited Weeden; they didn’t choose him. So they want him to demonstrate during the offseason and preseason that he merits the job.

Judging by the public comments that Chudzinski and Browns chief executive officer Joe Banner made at the recent NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, it’s fair to say they’ve seen enough of Weeden to view him as a viable starting candidate.

Banner made it clear that Weeden must show significant signs of improvement, the kind that a player (and especially a quarterback) tends to show between his first and second seasons. That is a reasonable expectation.

Banner and the rest of the Browns’ brass are looking for the coaching from Chudzinski and Turner to noticeably elevate Weeden’s game. That’s reasonable, too.

Are the Browns looking to add a quarterback, even if he isn’t designated to be the starter? I think so. I would expect them to land one in the draft and perhaps another in free agency to enhance the competition at the position.

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