David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
I already touched on the receivers he has at his disposal and briefly on his backfield-mate, Trent Richardson.
As you fans know, your Cleveland Browns run a version of the West Coast offense. Just what that version will become with Weeden at the helm is yet to be seen, but what it could be is very similar to what Shurmur’s offense looked like in 2010 when he was the St. Louis Rams’ offensive coordinator.
That season he had 2010 No. 1 overall draft pick Sam Bradford, who was a top-20 fantasy quarterback as a rookie, throwing for 3,512 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Bradford had RB Steven Jackson with him in the backfield, and though he was a top-15 fantasy back that year, the Rams ran the ball just 40.74 percent of the time—ranked 25th NFL-wide. Last season, the Browns ranked 20th, running the ball 40.53 percent of the time. Even his offenses in Philadelphia when serving as Donovan McNabb’s position coach ran the ball far less often than they passed it.
This year’s offense may break that mold.
Shurmur and his rookie quarterback need to utilize their new workhorse if Weeden is to be successful. Despite being the No. 3 overall pick this past April, the former Alabama running back has less pressure on him than does Weeden.
Richardson will touch the ball less than half the time the offense is on the field. Weeden will—hypothetically—be in control of the pigskin every offensive play during this 2012 season. Hypothetically, of course, because if he falls flat on his face there’s a chance McCoy is given one last, fleeting opportunity while Brandon gets it right.
I understand many of you do not want that to happen.
But keep in mind that the Cleveland Browns franchise has never had extended success with a first-round quarterback—excluding Bernie Kosar, on whom they used a first-round pick in the 1985 supplemental draft.
Harry Agganis (1952), Bobby Garrett (‘54), Mike Phipps (’70), Tim Couch (’99), Brady Quinn (’07). All first-round picks. All busts.
Let’s hope Weeden is more like Kosar—and then some.