Nothing captures the state of the Browns’ season better than this: there’s a distinct possibility
The latest calamity to hit the Browns’ quarterbacking position, the concussion
That’s because the Browns might not have a handle on Weeden’s health status until Wednesday, if they even do by then, and because they might not have a handle on the status of their other concussed quarterback,
If Weeden and Campbell are unavailable, the Browns would be left with two healthy quarterbacks: Hanie and
By all indications, the Browns would prefer that Tanney not make his first career NFL start against the Patriots. Most of that is because of his lack of experience and familiarity with the Browns’ offense – not to mention the fact he has almost no feel for his surrounding cast – but some of that is because of the complexity of Belichick’s defense. The likelihood of Tanney being overwhelmed under such circumstances, despite already being under contract, is simply too great for him to be viewed as a better option than someone with more experience.
For the many Weeden-bashers who would suggest that the Browns couldn’t do worse than going with someone other than the second-year quarterback who has struggled through most of his five starts, you’re wrong. They could. Despite his two interceptions and fumble against Jacksonville, Weeden still threw for 370 yards and three touchdowns, finishing with a solid passer rating of 94.8. He still was the one who delivered the throws that allowed
Tanney’s trick-shot passing skills notwithstanding, he could easily be set up for disaster by being pushed into the lineup this soon in his career and after his arrival in Cleveland. The same also could be said for Hanie, despite his six years of NFL experience and four career starts.
“All of those possibilities are still alive, and we’ll just wait and see as we go," Chudzinski said. "And whoever it is that’s going to be our starter, we’ll get him ready to play.
“And you can’t do anything about that other than move forward, and that’s what you talk with the team about. It is the situation, and you have to adjust and we have to deal with that and go forward. And whoever that is, get him ready and put him in the best position to help us win.”
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