Morning Brownies: Quarterback focused

October, 7, 2013
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The Browns return to the practice field today after a weekend off following a Thursday night game, and many are chattering about the injury to quarterback Brian Hoyer and what it means regarding Brandon Weeden ...

Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland talks about how much he appreciates what Hoyer did for the Browns, and how good quarterback play is a "healing balm." He adds that Weeden's mulligan comes with different expectations, because the team now knows it can win if the quarterback does his job: "There is no other Hoyer waiting for the Browns this season. You only catch lightning in a bottle once. This season started about Weeden and it will end about Weeden."

More on Hoyer and Weeden from Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. He, like Grossi, points out that the Browns' fate rests in one person's hands. "This season was supposed to be about finding out if (Weeden) could be the answer. Hoyer’s hot start changed that, but only temporarily. Weeden has played better in each of his three games this year, and should get 11 more starts to state his case."

The inner belief Grossi refers to appears in an analysis from Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon-Journal. She points out the team may lead Weeden the final 11 games, as opposed to the other way around.

The Plain Dealer's Bud Shaw says Trent Richardson was the third-best back on the field in the Colts' win over Seattle. He opines: "Unless he suddenly becomes a home run hitter, that Colts' No. 1 pick – even if it’s in the 20s – is going to look like larceny. The trade looks good on the field for the Browns, who needed a running game against Buffalo to support a rusty Brandon Weeden and found enough of one with Willis McGahee. It looks even better for the front office."

Finally, Pro Football Focus examines the Bills game from several angles, including (surprise) quarterback. The site points out that: " ... Weeden was on point with a number of good throws and a few out of the very top drawer. More of the same and Weeden could yet play his way into keeping the Browns’ starting job beyond the end of this season."

Pat McManamon

ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter

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