We've all heard the cliches about how the NFL is a quarterback-driven league and how the success of a team all starts under center.
In the Browns' case, it is certainly true and by the end of the 2013 season, Brandon Weeden shall be crowned the club's MVP.
Weeden's future in Cleveland must be as a starter. There's no secret that Cleveland's front office and coaching staff have no allegiance to No. 3 since they did not draft him.
While an analyst on NFL Network, current Browns general manager Mike Lombardi called the 22nd overall selection of the Oklahoma native by the former Browns' regime as a "panicked disaster."
He has softened somewhat on those comments since joining the franchise, but make no mistake, if Weeden does not excel, CEO Joe Banner and Lombardi will not hesitate to draft a replacement.
The 6'3", 220-pound former baseball pitcher has, on paper anyway, the weapons around him to put up some impressive stats.
He's already connected with superstar-in-the-making Josh Gordon several times this preseason and can build off of some beautiful touchdown tosses they combined for in 2012.
Davone Bess was acquired from Miami and is the reliable slot receiver who can convert third downs that the Browns are looking for.
How about tight end Jordan Cameron who looks poised to bust loose for massive success if what the first couple of exhibition matchups carries over into September?
The true test for Weeden comes down to how he performs mentally, not physically. Those natural abilities are there.
How does he respond when defenses throw confusing formations and fakes his way? Will the ability he's shown against St. Louis and Detroit to quickly scan the field and make that split-second decision appear when the games count?
Weeden's more-compact throwing style, cleaner footwork and that he'll be taking more snaps from shotgun all point in the direction of substantial progress.
Soon to be 30 years old, Weeden is ready to become the unquestioned leader of this offense. Get ready for a 3,600 passing yards season that displays marked improvement in accuracy, QB rating and touchdown-to-interception ratio.
WINNER: Brandon Weeden
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