NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks identified the player at each position who he believes will be most improved this season. Weeden topped the quarterback list.
Brooks pointed not only to the way that Turner and Chudzinski want their offense to play but also to the coaches' strong track records of developing young quarterbacks. Turner worked with the likes of Troy Aikman and Philip Rivers, while Chudzinski is credited with one of the more amazing transformations in NFL history. As the Browns' offensive coordinator in 2007, he turned Derek Anderson into a Pro Bowl quarterback.
“The second-year man will not only thrive in a system conducive to his talents,” Brooks wrote on NFL.com, “but he will silence the critics questioning his potential as a franchise quarterback.”
One of those disparagers has been ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski. He was extremely critical of Weeden a year ago, ranking him dead last among NFL quarterbacks at midseason.
But after looking at film of every throw that Weeden made last season, Jaworski is singing a different tune.
“I believe Weeden to be a rock-solid NFL starter in Norv Turner's offense,” he said.
All of that flowery talk is nice, but Weeden knows that he still has to prove himself to the men in Cleveland who make the decisions.
Here's betting that he will.
“I think I've gotten better,” he said. “I think I've taken steps in the fundamentals and the little things to put myself in a better position.
“I'm excited with where I'm at.”
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