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http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/browns/2013/10/10/cleveland-browns-brandon-weeden-second-chance/2957331/ Well, here's hoping that translates to a W at the weekend - if ever there was a game where a quick release was needed, it's against the lions front 4, with their weak secondary. Hoyer would have had a very real chance to win this game. Expect to see lots of quick read screens and slants. Almost like last year...
In his press conference today (Wednesday), Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski had a few important notes. First, beyond the fact that Brian Hoyer will start and they hope he can give them a ‘spark’, Brandon Weeden’s job is not guaranteed when he gets healthy. He will need to earn it according to Chud. That was an interesting tidbit but not the only one from the press conference as there were updates on Greg Little, Quentin Groves, Shawn Lauvao and Athyba Rubin. Chud confirmed that Weeden’s injury was not serious and will be evaluated week to week, but that he the starting job would not be guaranteed upon his recovery. It will depend on a number of factors including how guys are playing; not exactly an endorsement to his less than stellar first two games and all but saying the Browns will be drafting a quarterback in May. Little will not be starting this week and they will go with Davone Bess and Josh Gordon. Little will play, but coming into the game as a third receiver. This appears to be how the Browns are trying to send a message in regards to his most recent issue behind the wheel. Groves has been ruled out with the ankle injury he suffered against the Ravens. It is still not regarded as a serious injury but serious enough to keep him out a week. Barkevious Mingo played 35 total snaps last week; 25 on defense, 10 on special teams. It is safe to say that number will be increased substantially and they will hope to have him wreak havoc on Christian Ponder. Lauvao is apparently “close” to returning. He is going to be running today. It is unclear how close he is legitimately to returning to action as opposed to how close he is to being good enough to replace Oniel Cousins. Rubin will be practicing this week and is getting closer to returning, which would really help with the defensive line rotation. Billy Winn has done a great job in his stead but having Rubin back, whenever that is, will only make the unit stronger. http://dawgpounddaily.com/2013/09/18/chud-press-conference-notes-injury-updates/
sleepygtr posted a topic in THE BROWNS BOARDHere is the deal - quick as I can explain it - Yesterday told us so much... Observation 1: Weeden will NEVER be more than a below average NFL qb - the answer is simple - after one full year as an NFL starter he still has ZERO pocket presence - same guy as last year, no growth. Yes the dolphins had an effective pass rush, but so did the Browns. Who responded better? well that was obvious. There are 2 ways a qb can deal with pressure: 1) Anticipate its source and check down/audible to attack the seams (Brady.Manning, Rodgers) 2) Sense where it is coming from and avoid it, then create (Wilson, Roethlesberger) Our boy Weeden can do neither and has proven that over and over - the only rush he can avoid is the one that comes right at him that he can see and run from and then when flushed he has ZERO creativity on the run. 4 of his sacks/pressures yesterday could have been avoided if he just merely stepped up in the pocket but he never felt the outside and behind pressure - good qb's do this and do it early in their careers. The tease is that he is decent in the pocket when well protected and has an NFL arm - but now that teams know about his pocket presence they will continue to send the house on him from his blind spots. Observation 2: Anyone notice that the pass rush yesterday was as good or better than it has EVER been since the Browns returned from Cleveland? Without Mingo? Sure could have used Milliner yesterday on Hartline as this average receiver torched Skrine while Wallace was silence by Hayden Observation 3: From 1999 to today - 1 ROAD opener? that 14 years of home openers and a 1-13 record!! I see a trend! Please open on the road next week so we can enjoy 1 extra week of false hope without having to watch the train-wreck live! We all know its because they can count on the saps showing up for 2 games - the opener and the Steeler game....