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As a rookie, Brandon Weeden is already three years older than Colt McCoy, which already limits his window of opportunity. Because of his baseball-playing experience, Weeden is entering the NFL much later than most.
As much as Holmgren, Heckert and Shurmur want to say that this does not make a difference, it has to. All NFL teams want a long-term quarterback solution, and McCoy offers the Browns more years.
Weeden will look great in shoulder pads and helmets, with his strong cannon for a right arm and his big mature body (6’4’’, 220 pounds).
McCoy will continue to show off his deficiencies throughout camp, looking terrible when nothing is on the line.
The problem with all of that is that games are not won in just shoulder pads and helmets. Games are not won because you are tall and can throw the ball deep. Browns fans forget too easily the last Browns quarterback that was credited with the same characteristics as Brandon Weeden.
His name was Derek Anderson.
Anderson always looked great when there was no pressure on him to make the big play. When the games truly counted, however, you could always guarantee a big mistake from the strong-armed pocket passer.
This is the same advantage that has to be taken into consideration when considering McCoy vs. Weeden.
Weeden definitely wins the height and strong rocket arm part of the competition, but McCoy is a gamer that has already proven to be mobile enough to cover deficiencies within the offense and make good quality decision while on the run.
Weeden offers nothing out of the pocket and has already had his decision making questioned by some coaches who had coached against him while he was in college, while McCoy’s athleticism and decision making have always been underrated since entering the NFL.
Now that the Browns have used some higher draft picks to solidify their offensive line and running back position, this will only complement McCoy’s skill set even further, allowing McCoy to have more freedom within the Browns’ offense.