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The Cleveland Browns organization and its fans have seen both ends of the spectrum for Brandon Weeden over the course of the 2012 season. Weeden opened the 2012 campaign against the Philadelphia Eagles with a four-interception effort on his way to a 5.1 quarterback rating. Since that game, Weeden has thrown for multiple touchdowns on four different occasions and has boasted a quarterback rating greater than 75 four times as well.
The Browns have struggled to find their offensive identity for much of the season and have started four rookies consistently on offense for much of the year. The Browns' receiving group has not been much help either as they are tied with the Detroit Lions for the most dropped passes in the NFL with 22.
Weeden has shown that he has the arm strength to compete in the NFL and has hit on some deep passes, specifically to Josh Gordon, on several occasions. However, Weeden has struggled with accuracy at times and has had multiple passes miss wide open receivers for big gains.
The Browns have a group of coaches that all have reputations for developing young talent at the quarterback position. Pat Shurmur, Mark Whipple, Brad Childress and even Mike Holmgren have all been in Weeden's ear since he arrived in Cleveland, and apparently, they have all trusted Weeden enough to stake their jobs on his success.
It appears that Cleveland will continue to ride Weeden's arm throughout the rest of the 2012 season, and by all accounts, that is the right decision. What happens beyond 2012 is the real question once new owner Jimmy Haslam takes over and a potential change of the coaching staff takes place. Weeden will have to continue to impress his new owner if he intends on remaining the starter of the future for the Browns after the wave of changes come this spring.