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Weeden's time is NOW

Cleveland (WOIO) - Norv Turner stood on the field in Berea on Tuesday, two days before the Browns kicked off camp, and rattled off the names. Jim Everett. Gus Frerotte. Brad Johnson. All average quarterbacks, and all succeeded in Turner's offense.

Now it's Brandon Weeden's turn. This is his make-or-break season, and if that sounds harsh, it's the reality of the NFL, where there is no more grooming a guy, at least if he's a first-round pick. In today's NFL, it's all about the franchise quarterback, and we'll know by the end of 2013, if not far sooner, whether Weeden's that guy.

He'll have every opportunity to succeed. In fact, he should feel like he's back in school, when he was lighting it up at Oklahoma State. A vertical passing game, with many plays out of the shotgun, needing a quick release. This system should fit Weeden perfectly.

Even the Browns other coordinator, Ray Horton, talked about the importance of the quarterback in today's NFL, when he was asked about the philosophy of his defense. Horton agreed, it's all about the quarterback, and in his case, making sure his players get to him.

So now it's Weeden's turn to be that guy. If this new regime wasn't completely sold on him before, based on 2012 game tapes, well, they have every opportunity to make him that guy. Weeden has to do the rest, or else he's looking at a career as a backup.


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