Quarterback competition or controversy?

Posted by Vic Carucci on May 21, 2013 – 11:06 pm

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

You’ve got questions and comments that you submit to the Browns’ official Facebook and Twitter pages, and Daily@ClevelandBrowns.com. Here’s what I have to say about what you have to say:

Mark says: “Is there any truth to what I’ve heard about yet another quarterback controversy? All I’m hearing is how Jason Campbell looks so good in practice, and now he might be the new #1. Why don’t the Browns make a decision and stick with it? I’m so sick of this. It’s not fair to the players or the fans.”

I say: Until a starter is named, there is going to be, at the very least, a lingering question about the starting quarterback spot and, at the very most, a full-fledged controversy, Mark. I’m not at all surprised that media watching a single organized team activity practice have jumped to conclusions about who looks better between Brandon Weeden and Campbell, because that’s what they do. And this is going to be an on-going narrative for the rest of the spring and summer. I’ve watched all of the OTA workouts so far, and I’d say that Weeden and Campbell have each had moments of looking sharp and there have been times when one guy has looked a little sharper than the other. But I would hardly say that Weeden has shown something that should prompt the assumption he’s losing his grip on the starting spot he has held since the start of last season. There are more offseason practices and an entire training camp and preseason to determine who will be chosen as the starter. And I don’t agree that it’s unfair to players or fans to leave the door to competition open. Coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner want the same thing that all of us do: the right guy for the job.

Gene says: “Vic, I want to know who is slated in as the Browns’ fullback now? Are there any free agents out there worth looking at?”

I say: Owen Marecic is the Browns’ fullback, Gene. I don’t foresee the Browns acquiring any other fullbacks in the near future. I think they’re satisfied with Marecic’s ability to handle the job and show improvement. I also think they’re happy with the idea of having Chris Ogbonnaya and recently re-signed Brandon Jackson as complementary backfield partners with Trent Richardson because of their exceptional abilities to pick up blitzers and catch the ball.

LSMoe3 says: “I’m a Miami Dolphins fan, but I’ve always liked Norv Turner as an offensive coordinator. He’s going to make the Browns a force to be reckoned with, especially with T-Rich!”

I say: I agree, LSMoe3. Turner’s design of the offensive playbook (along with coach Rob Chudzinski), play-calling and detailed coaching should do plenty to help make the Browns’ offense more dynamic. You’re also right about the positive influence Turner will have with Richardson. As much as Turner’s reputation focuses on this prowess in the passing game, he has a strong track record for coaching dominant running backs, such as Emmitt Smith in Dallas and LaDainian Tomlinson in San Diego.

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