In Sunday’s loss to the Eagles, Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden looked very inept to say the least. Even with the Browns defense forcing 4 interceptions on Sunday, it still wasn’t enough as Weeden couldn’t drive the offense into the endzone.
“Weeden emerged from his NFL debut with a quarterback rating that looked a whole lot more like his earned-run average from his old minor-league pitching days,” writes Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Head coach Pat Shurmer doesn’t appear to be overly concerned about Weeden’s first game.
“We saw a rookie quarterback playing today,” said Shurmur. “He’s going to become much better here in the next couple of weeks. I’m not discouraged at all.”
In the short term, Weeden isn’t in any danger of losing his starting job. However, Colt McCoy, who the Browns tried trading this offseason, is waiting in the wings to take over should Weeden continue to struggle. You could easily make the case that McCoy would have been enough to beat the Eagles yesterday. If Weeden continues to struggle, McCoy could easily regain the Browns starting quarterback job. Should that happen, the question becomes whether or not the Browns will be back in the market for starting quarterback at the end of the season, considering that Weeden is already 29 year old.