Browns Daily Wrap: Trade winds

Posted Oct 22, 2013

On Tuesday’s “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford,” co-hosts Vic Carucci and Nathan Zegura were joined by ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio. Vic, Nathan, and Sal discussed trade rumors involving wide receiver Josh Gordon and the team’s continuing quarterback issues. Browns running back Fozzy Whittaker sat down with Jamir Howerton of to talk about how the team is reacting to the past two losses.

Here are some highlights:

Vic Carucci: “If (Gordon’s) poor performance is being affected by the trade (rumors) weighing on him, that’s unacceptable. He has to show (how well he can perform) for the next team as much as he has to show it for his current team. I don’t think he is smart to (to allow the trade to affect him). …Whether you stick with Weeden or go with (Jason) Campbell or bring in a quarterback to make a starter, you’re not doing those guys any favors if Gordon isn’t on your team to catch footballs the rest of the season. …The question at quarterback puts a cloud over the entire situation, and it’s hard to be positive until the quarterback issue is straightened out.”

Nathan Zegura: “I still believe Gordon is among the top-10 talents in the NFL. I want him to be a part of the Browns for a long time, but I want him to be a part in the right way. He should be making the most of every opportunity he has, and I feel as though this trade is affecting him and his body language on the field. ...Weeden can do some things that are impressive, but right now the overall body of his work says to me that he is not the answer. …I believe in Norv’s (Turner’s) system. Right now, it is coming down on the quarterback. Part of the problem for Browns fans is that there aren’t good answers.”

Sal Paolantonio: “I don’t think you pull the plug on Weeden. He’s the best of your possible alternatives. I think you have to stick with Weeden and try to control the offense as best as you can with Weeden. Campbell to me is too much of a wild card. At this point, you have to worry about your locker room more than anything else and make sure your team knows to move forward. …I wouldn’t trade Josh Gordon. I think he is too valuable. It’s not a time to trade one of your best players or start over at the quarterback position.”

Fozzy Whittaker: “It (the loss) stung a lot. We didn’t play to the best of our abilities, but we are ready to move on and head to Kansas City. I’m just so excited to be here and contribute and I am grasping the playbook well with help from (Willis) McGahee and (Chris) Ogbonnaya. When it comes down to the mistakes, you have to start with yourself and hold yourself accountable.”

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