May 11, 2012; Berea, OH, USA: Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) works out during rookie training camp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE
On a day that most teams have released the first version of their depth chart, the Cleveland Browns have made quite a statement. According to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns head coach Pat Shurmur publicly announced that rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden is their starting quarterback. He will supplant embattled third-year man Colt McCoy to man the spot.
In case you don't know much about him, Weeden is a pretty interesting guy. He initially pursued a career in Major League Baseball before returning to Oklahoma State University to play quarterback. He was drafted in the first round by the Browns even though he entered the draft at the age of 28. He will be 29 in the middle of the 2012 season.
The demotion of McCoy comes with a behind the scenes change of ownership with the club. Randy Lerner sold the Browns franchise for $1 billion a week ago to Jim Haslam. With that sale, many presumed that the Mike Holmgren era would be over and that the McCoy era would be over as well. It seems as if the Weeden decision is much more set in stone than the respective quarterback situations in Seattle with the Seahawks
and in Miami with the Dolphins