The man best known for his hours of film study and copious analysis let the football world inside his mind Tuesday. The former quarterback turned film guru discussed his thoughts on Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden. Early in the season Jaworski was very critical of the Oklahoma State product admitting, “I’m just going by looking at the tape of the Browns in the preseason. I did not think he was ready to be a starting quarterback.”
Ten games into his rookie campaign, it appears that Weeden has showed enough to change Jaworski’s mind. In an ESPN conference call, he said he has seen improvement in the young signal-caller. Jaworski, depsite Weeden’s rollercoaster season and 33rd QBR ranking, believes Weeden can be the long-term answer at a position long in question for Cleveland.
“If he buys in, if he listens, he will continue to improve,” Jaworski said. “And, he has gotten better. You watch him this week against Dallas…Were there some mistakes? Yes. But I also thought he made some terrific throws, as well.”
Weeden has been major upgrade after Browns fans suffered for years watching such flops like Tim Couch, Spergon Wynn, Trent Dilfer, Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn, Jake Delhomme, Colt McCoy, etc. When compared to the 16th previous quarterbacks that have started for Cleveland since 1999, Weeden’s throwing abilities stand out and he has raised the Browns to the level of at-least watchable. Currently, he ranks second among rookies in passing yards and attempts and has created excitement and explosion in Cleveland’s offense, the likes of which haven’t been seen since that magical 2007 season.
Jaworski credits much of Weeden’s development to the trio of head coach Pat Shurmur, offensive coordinator Brad Childress, and quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple. With a new owner, it has yet to be seen whether any of the current coaching staff will remain next year to continue their progress with Weeden; however, you can count Ron Jaworski as a believer that Weeden should be back in orange and brown next season.
“I think Weeden does have a future in Cleveland,” Jaworski said.
With an oncoming organizational overhaul, much about what next year’s Browns will look like is unknown; however, all Browns fans would be happy to have the game’s most important position set for the future. A Cleveland winter on the horizons and a tough remaining schedule should help create some clarity as to Weeden’s future of the shores of Lake Erie.