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New Browns regime lights fire under young players like Josh Gordon

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10:35 AM ET 03.03 | The new Browns front office and coaching staff wants to create more competition for jobs. They believe too many young players were simply handed starting spots, and may have become too comfortable on a team that has been 4-12 or 5-11 in each of the last five seasons. That's what is behind those remarks by CEO Joe Banner about receiver Josh Gordon. Former coach Pat Shurmur and his staff were not thrilled with Gordon's approach during the 2012 training camp. The coaches taught him how to prepare for practice and film work. He seemed to believe his immense natural talent was enough. By midseason, they thought Gordon had made enormous progress, with former offensive coordinator Brad Childress praising Gordon for "always carrying his notebook" and taking notes. After a rookie season with 50 catches for a 16.1-yard average and five touchdowns, Gordon looks like a player worthy of a second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft. He had only four drops. He ranked 13th in the NFL in yards after catch, averaging 6.3 yards. Forty receptions went for first downs. So there is a lot to like with the 6-3, 225-pounder.

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March 3, 2013  10:57 AM ET

Well Browns fans, the good news is that Brandon Weeden turns 30 this October, which means he is in his prime: right now. Or maybe just a little past it.

March 3, 2013  11:05 AM ET

The Jury is out on the New Management Team so far they look like the Gang that couldn't shoot straight, they got 2 seasons if that long!

March 3, 2013  12:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Well Browns fans, the good news is that Brandon Weeden turns 30 this October, which means he is in his prime: right now. Or maybe just a little past it.

Never know with a second year player... Do ya?

March 3, 2013  04:23 PM ET
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Well Browns fans, the good news is that Brandon Weeden turns 30 this October, which means he is in his prime: right now. Or maybe just a little past it.

So... they won't light a fire under him because he is hardly young....and a veteran now!

March 3, 2013  04:35 PM ET
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Well Browns fans, the good news is that Brandon Weeden turns 30 this October, which means he is in his prime: right now. Or maybe just a little past it.

The bad news is that Weeden has trouble reading defenses even though he's almost 30.

March 4, 2013  08:50 AM ET

"They believe too many young players were simply handed starting spots"

That's what happens when you don't have a lot of healthy, talented, veteran players. Something the Browns are not always known for.

 
March 4, 2013  08:53 AM ET
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The bad news is that Weeden has trouble reading defenses even though he's almost 30.

Wow, trouble reading defenses after one whole year! Get the firing squad ready!

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