Weeden was selected No. 22 overall in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft out of Oklahoma State and has struggled at times throughout the season to hit his targets and be consistent.
Joe Banner recently joined the Browns as CEO and is ready to make a change at the position—as early as this offseason—if Weeden doesn't show improvement in the final seven games of the season, according to Chris Wesseling via Twitter:
Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) November 9, 2012
The strong words from Banner toward Weeden shouldn't be surprising. The Browns are once again a disappointment and a new CEO has to appear serious about turning a franchise around at any cost. He realizes the talent isn't great throughout the roster and appears to be making his quarterback the No. 1 priority (h/t Rotoworld):
"It's right to put Brandon on the list of important things we have to figure out and we have seven games left to do that," Banner said. "It's an extremely important question for this organization to get right ... You can't win big without a great coach and a great quarterback."
Weeden was considered a risky pick last offseason, as he is already 29 years old and played in a quarterback-friendly offense. In that sense, it is understandable that Banner may want to quickly find his own franchise quarterback in the upcoming draft if Weeden cannot turn things around.
Weeden has only played nine games as a pro and has only thrown for 2,088 yards, nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing a lowly 55 percent of his passes.
What Banner likely failed to realize when making his statements is that Weeden doesn't have a legitimate shot at turning things around considering the mediocre talent around him. Running back Trent Richardson is explosive, but as far as receiving targets go, the offensive unit is bare-bones.
The Browns have a serious issue offensively and are close to leading the league in dropped passes thanks to players such as Greg Little. Weeden has struggled at times with accuracy and anticipation, but when he's been accurate, his receivers have let him down.
Banner's pressure will only have a negative impact on Weeden's performance this year. Weeden may take more risks than normal, which could hurt him more than help. The talent around him is subpar, which will clearly hurt his production the rest of the way.
Cleveland will assuredly be in a great position to take one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2013 NFL draft, but how Weeden performs in the final seven games will ultimately decide if Banner pulls the trigger.
Weeden has a long way to go in the final seven games to prove he can be the franchise quarterback Banner is looking for.
With Banner's added pressure, Weeden will likely have a hard time delivering on those expectations.
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