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08:09 AM ET 11.09 | Already in the midst of great change as an organization, Cleveland has to assess where it's heading on the field, too. Browns new CEO Joe Banner, in a wide-ranging interview with The Plain Dealer on Thursday, acknowledged that he and new owner Jimmy Haslam must decide by the end of the season if Brandon Weeden is their quarterback of the future. "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." With the Browns 2-7 at the bye, they're likely to end up with a high enough pick to draft a premier quarterback, which makes the last final seven games pivotal.

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November 9, 2012  08:16 AM ET

If he isn't the qb of the future that was quite a wasted pick last draft when they had so many other needs.

November 9, 2012  08:17 AM ET

As 50 said the other day... reaching for a need is a decision that can set a team back years.

Reaching in back-to-back years...

November 9, 2012  08:18 AM ET

Or they could draft a reasonably good defensive player, say, that linebacker from Notre Dame that everyone is talking about. And then maybe get Weeden a receiver in the second round - there are a few good ones coming out at that position as well.

November 9, 2012  08:27 AM ET

It would appear that the Plain Dealer is actually recommending that the Browns deliberately tank the rest of the season.

Worked for Indy.

November 9, 2012  08:27 AM ET

The problem with Weeden is Pat Shurmur and Brad Childress! Both coaches are trying to run an antiquated WCO that is not only difficult to learn its also difficult to execute. The same problems happen week after week and these guys have done nothing to alter their game plan. The plays are late getting in and Weeden isn't given the authority to change them when he reads the D.

If I see one more 3rd and 1 turn into a busted pass play when they drafted a perfect 3rd and 1 back I'm gonna lose my mind! Shurmur is absolutely NOT the answer in Cleveland! Weeden might be but nobody knows because the coaching has strangled his ability to succeed.

November 9, 2012  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

It would appear that the Plain Dealer is actually recommending that the Browns deliberately tank the rest of the season.Worked for Indy.

You mean they haven't been trying to tank the season up to now?

November 9, 2012  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The problem with Weeden is Pat Shurmur and Brad Childress! Both coaches are trying to run an antiquated WCO that is not only difficult to learn its also difficult to execute. The same problems happen week after week and these guys have done nothing to alter their game plan. The plays are late getting in and Weeden isn't given the authority to change them when he reads the D. If I see one more 3rd and 1 turn into a busted pass play when they drafted a perfect 3rd and 1 back I'm gonna lose my mind! Shurmur is absolutely NOT the answer in Cleveland! Weeden might be but nobody knows because the coaching has strangled his ability to succeed.

That should all change when the season is over.

November 9, 2012  08:37 AM ET
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That should all change when the season is over.

Or sooner. Dead man coaching.

November 9, 2012  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

If he isn't the qb of the future that was quite a wasted pick last draft when they had so many other needs.

+100

November 9, 2012  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

If he isn't the qb of the future that was quite a wasted pick last draft when they had so many other needs.

You take the guy in the first round, then throw him to the wolves....when the team falters, you throw him under the bus!...atta instill that confidence in your QB.

November 9, 2012  09:25 AM ET

Good luck with Banner in charge. He's a great "bad cop" but if you don't get a "good cop" with some authority in the organization, no one will want to play in Cleveland. He fought Andy Reid over power for years. He made his move after the 2011 season. Now he's yours. You better hope he doesn't have ultimate authority in player evaluations.

November 9, 2012  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Good luck with Banner in charge. He's a great "bad cop" but if you don't get a "good cop" with some authority in the organization, no one will want to play in Cleveland. He fought Andy Reid over power for years. He made his move after the 2011 season. Now he's yours. You better hope he doesn't have ultimate authority in player evaluations.

Just curious, how are those Eagles doing this year???

As an outsider it looks to me like Banner wasn't the problem at all, it was Andy. Before the season the owner gave him that BIG vote of confidence when he said "if this team doesn't improve greatly Andy is gone!

November 9, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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...no one will want to play in Cleveland.

And when was the last time anyone did want to play in Cleveland?

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November 9, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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Marino is one of the few rookie QB's that come in firing accurate darts. Most struggle TREMENDOUSLY. Roeth was successful, but that was basically running game and defense.

Agreed. The rookie or young QBs that have done well have had at least one good receiver to throw to. Luck has Wayne, Dalton has Green, Stafford has Johnson, Eli had Plax. Get Weeden a little help before giving up on him.

November 9, 2012  09:56 AM ET

Their theme song should be the old Kris Kristofferson " The Pilgrim"......" Taking every wrong direction on their lonely way back home.."

November 9, 2012  10:07 AM ET

Better watch out Cleveland fans...I have a very bad feeling about this new owner. You very well may have a new Jerry Jones. And we all know how well that's working out for Dallas...

 
November 9, 2012  10:08 AM ET
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Their theme song should be the old Kris Kristofferson " The Pilgrim"......" Taking every wrong direction on their lonely way back home.."

Nicely done, sir.

Very appropriate.

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