In re: Defense of Weeden
I’ve heard way too many people channel their inner Henry VIII, calling for Brandon Weeden’s head after his first game.
Now, don’t get me wrong, Weeden’s play was more unsightly than a Lindsay Lohan mugshot. It doesn’t matter that the offensive line played like hot butter. There’s really no excuse for it. And inserting backup QB Colt McCoy very well could have won the game.
In fact, let’s assume, arguendo, that McCoy would indeed have led the Browns to a victory.
I’m still not subbing him in for Weeden.
If you watched the 2011 Browns season, you know what you have in Colt McCoy. I like the guy personally because he’s full of moxie. But he’s also undersized and extremely limited. Only Verne Troyer would be comfortable in a room with McCoy’s ceiling.
With Weeden, at least we have the potential for something more. He has the size and arm that McCoy will simply never have. It’s worth the development.
No. It needs the development. I’m not ready to cut my losses on a first round draft pick after just one game. Even if his play was so horrible that the game tape has been fluently speaking dead languages and is in desperate need of an exorcism.
Benching Weeden would have put a clamp on any future development. It would have killed his confidence and given raw meat to the Cleveland media foaming at the mouth for the chance to write about a quarterback controversy.
One win isn’t worth that in a season where the Browns are not winning the Super Bowl. Especially when that one win means admitting we’re better off with the pedestrian potential of McCoy.
I’d much rather take the loss and hold on to a glimmer of unknown in Weeden.
(Having said that, if we don’t see an improvement over the next few games… I’m going to start pining for Logan Thomas, Tyler Wilson, and Matt Barkley. Yes, in that order. Subject to change.)