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Can Weeden be "the guy"?

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Cleveland (WOIO) - It seems so much easier everywhere else. Other rookie QB's jump in, and somehow get the job done. Geno Smith wasn't even a lock to start the Jets opener, yet once he got the call, he found a way to win his NFL debut. And other second-year quarterbacks make the leap. Ryan Tannehill isn't Aaron Rodgers, at least not yet, but clearly he has the poise and precision to take it to the next level. One game in, we're just not seeing that with Brandon Weeden.

The biggest issue isn't the offensive line. Tannehill got roughed up in the second quarter on Sunday, as the Browns racked up four sacks, but still settled down and found a way to win. And the issue isn't the lack of weapons. Name a Patriots receiver not named Gronkowski. And the issue is no longer the playbook. Chud and Norv have designed an offense to make Weeden look better. And there's no way of getting around it. Sunday, he looked worse.

He looked like a guy who's just not a natural at that position. He looked like a baseball pitcher trying to play quarterback, using his 90mph fastball, even when the throw required touch. And he looked like a player who's either struggling to read a defense, or just doesn't instinctively have a feel for the game. 

Maybe Josh Gordon comes back, and Weeden lights up the Vikings in Week 3. I wouldn't rule it out. He's got the gun, and by then, he'll have his top target back. But week in and week out, I'm starting to wonder if this is going to be a struggle. And to me, the NFL is pretty clear cut, especially in 2013: either you have the guy, or you don't. Sunday's performance led nobody to believe that the Browns finally do.

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