Brandon Weeden: 'I want to compete and win games'

By Ryan Wilson |

If Brandon Weeden is looking for stability he probably won't find it in Cleveland. (USATSI)
If Brandon Weeden is looking for stability he probably won't find it in Cleveland. (USATSI)

Hours after the Browns' season ended, owner Jimmy Haslam fired first-year coach Rob Chudzinski. About a month later, after the team struggled to find Chud's replacement, Haslam fired president Joe Banner and general manager Mike Lombardi. Then, not surprisingly, 2012 first-round pick Brandon Weeden reportedly wanted out of Cleveland.

On Friday, he told the Oklahoman that his first two seasons were "a roller coaster," and that the constant turnover in the Browns' organization made for a "tough situation." As for the future, it's pretty simple.

“I want to play football,” Weeden said. “I don't care. I just want to play football and be at a place where it's enjoyable and we can compete and win games. That's really what it's all about.”

If those are the prerequisites then Weeden does care. Because "enjoyable" might be the last word to describe the football-playing experience in Cleveland. The team has had three coaches in the last 407 days. By comparison, AFC North rival Pittsburgh has had three coaches in the last 45 years. Incidentally, Haslam was a minority owner in Pittsburgh before buying the Browns.

The good news for Weeden is that the NFL is a passing league short on competent passers. So there will be opportunities. Unfortunately, in two seasons in Cleveland Weeden looked like, well, what we've come to expect from your typical Browns quarterback.

This isn't a compliment.

That said, should the organization decide to part ways with Weeden (given Brian Hoyer's brief success last season coupled with the fact that the Browns have the No. 4 pick in May's NFL Draft, it's certainly reasonable), he won't have trouble finding work, but it will likely be as a backup.

There are worse fates, however, most of which involve remaining in Cleveland.

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