Experience has brought him confidence. He has better understanding of how to read a defense and, more importantly, what it takes to be an NFL starter, on and off the field.
"From a leadership standpoint, if something's not right, it's my job to make it right, whether it's motion or somebody lines up wrong," he said. "Last year, I was so worried about what we were doing and not making a mistake from my end. It's comfort, understanding of this offense and all of those things."
Chudzinski has been somewhat restrained in his praise of Weeden, who must continue to grow if the Browns are to snap their streak of double-digit loss seasons and compete in the brutal AFC North. But Chudzinski does expect to see an upgraded Weeden, starting this Sunday against the Dolphins.
"He's come a long way and (is) really improving as a player," he said. "He's grabbed ahold of the offense. I'm really looking forward to seeing him out there on Sunday.
"He's right on track."
Weeden won't have one of his primary targets this week as wide receiver Josh Gordon begins serving his two-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy. Weeden and Gordon have developed chemistry that will be put on hold.
"I'm not going to lie. It hurts," Weeden said. "He's a talented player. He's a guy that we're going to rely on for the 14 games after he comes back to be a big emphasis in this offense. But that being said, my confidence in the other guys who are going to step in there is just as high.
"It's not an ideal situation, but I've got a lot of confidence in the guys that are taking his spot."
NOTES: K Billy Cundiff is undaunted by the challenge of replacing Phil Dawson, the Browns' best field-goal kicker and second-leading career scorer. Cundiff, who signed with the club Tuesday, filled in for five games in 2009 when Dawson was out with a strained calf. "It's a good thing to come in after a guy who's played at such a high level because the bar's set really high and you've got to bring your game up," said Cundiff, who also took over for Matt Stover in Baltimore. "Regardless of what team you're on, you have to kick at a high level." ... Rookie LB Barkevious Mingo was limited again in practice as he eases his way back from a bruised lung. The No. 6 overall pick took part in some non-contact drills during the portion open to media. Mingo's status may not be known until he undergoes further medical tests. Mingo was injured in Aug. 15.
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