The Cleveland Browns drafted 28 year old Brandon Weeden to be their starter this season. Now, they are attempting to sell Weeden as a better choice than the higher profile names at quarterback that were available during the offseason. From ESPNCleveland:
Of the more realistic candidates, free agent Matt Flynn was no bigger than McCoy with a similarly popgun arm. He was never seriously considered.
Media darling Robert Griffin III also was too small. And too eager to show how fast he could run. The Browns never seemed all-in on Griffin. They pursued him just enough to say they tried.
Ryan Tannehill had the size and the arm, but his maturity as a quarterback and field leader were so lacking that he turned them off in personal interviews. He didn’t project as a leader.
So Brandon Weeden emerged as the best option. Great arm. Great size. Great production. And the very thing that scared off every other team – he’s a 28-year-old rookie because of a failed five-year stint in professional baseball – actually became an attraction to the Browns.
The Browns surely didn’t think Griffin was too small when they were engaged in talks to acquire the Rams number 2 pick in order to draft him this past April. These comments just reek of an attempt by the Browns to make it seem as if Weeden was their top choice all along.