From the moment he set foot in the Cleveland Browns’ Berea training facility for the start of the offseason workouts on April 1, quarterback
And now that Weeden has “earned” the starting quarterback job, he is ready to lead the team to bigger and better things.
“In this locker room, we’re positive all the time, and we’re excited about this football team. As a leader, it makes our job easier because you’re not having to pick guys up all the time.
“It’s my comfort level in the locker room. When you come into a new locker room, you’ve got a new atmosphere. It’s tough to take the bull by the horns and try to be that guy. It’s very challenging. If you can form relationships with the defense, special teams, it makes things easier. You talk to guys and become buddies, a family. It’s tough to be a leader at this level. There’s just a different vibe.”
Prior to Tuesday’s practice, Weeden acknowledged that with a year of NFL experience on his resume, he feels more comfortable assuming the role of team leader, and his teammates and coaches have seen that from the second-year quarterback.
“I’ve really seen him take hold of the group that he’s with, whether that be with receivers, the offensive line, the grouping or the team,” Chudzinski said. “You just can’t keep it to one side of the ball. I think the defensive guys have really responded and seen him, and that’s part of the maturation process of a quarterback going from a rookie season where you’re not sure how everything works to a second-year guy that’s got a better feel for things and understands better what it takes.”
Six-time Pro Bowl left tackle