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>This is not an excuse; it’s a fact: Weeden had almost no meaningful snaps to prepare for Thursday night’s game. In a short week of preparation, all of the emphasis was on getting Hoyer ready for the game. Weeden had the thumb he injured in Week 2 taped in Wednesday’s practice, so he was physically and mentally trying to overcome that. And the fact that he rebounded from that bad start well enough to contribute to the Browns’ 37-24 victory is a credit to his mental toughness. “Coming in off the bench is always a difficult situation, especially at that position,” Chudzinski said. “There were some ups and downs. I think he was resilient and kept playing through those and was able to make some big plays. The drive that he had there in the second quarter and then obviously, when the game was tied, a couple big time throws that he made for culminating in Josh (Gordon’s) score was huge.”
>There is no available solution to magically patch the Hoyer hole. The Browns are back to where they were when the season began, with Weeden as their starter. They have to face the reality that this team will only go as far as he can take them, with the support of highly talented pass-catchers such as Gordon and
>Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will be counted on to coach-up Weeden. Turner will likely make some adjustments in the playbook and with play-calling to help Weeden process plays more quickly. He will concentrate on Weeden’s ability to become faster with his reads and getting the ball out of his hand and improving his footwork. He will continue to drill him on what he drilled him on since the start of offseason workouts: having a greater sense of urgency in the pocket and getting in and out of the huddle at a more rapid pace. These were areas in which Hoyer excelled. But Hoyer also had the benefit of being in the NFL three more seasons than Weeden and studying one of the masters of quarterback management, Tom Brady, while backing him up in New England.
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