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Weeden Talks "Playoffs", Receives Praise from Whipple

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May 22, 2012; Berea, OH, USA: Cleveland Browns quarterback coach Mark Whipple during organized team activities at the Cleveland Browns training facility.  Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE
May 22, 2012; Berea, OH, USA: Cleveland Browns quarterback coach Mark Whipple during organized team activities at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE

"Playoffs!?!"

I tried to resist from thinking about Jim Mora, but I couldn't. Yes -- when speaking with Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository after a recent practice, rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden set the bar pretty high for the team he is expected to lead this season.

"Obviously, you’ve got to take it one step at a time."

What is step one?

"...and our goal is to get in the playoffs ... and once you get in the playoffs try to take it one step forward."

I like it. I know all quarterbacks want to come off as confident, but I get more of the "moxy" aspect in Weeden than I did in Colt McCoy. The extra arm strength that Weeden has is a nice bonus too, of course.

In related news, Browns quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple was on Cleveland Browns Daily earlier today. A summary of what Whipple talked about was posted on the Official Browns Twitter account, which can be seen below (note: I have "translated" from Twitter speak to something that is easier to interpret):

Whipple on the QB Position: "It takes about 3 years for a guy to get all the reps and OTA's under his belt until he really understands how everything works."

Whipple on Weeden: "He hasn’t made the same mistake twice, and that means he’s learning. It’s not just because of good coaching; it means he’s got a good grasp of things himself. He’s done a good job with the verbiage. It’s a new language and he’s handled it really well. He’s on the right track."

Whipple on Weeden’s Accuarcy: "Baseball has helped him a lot. He’s accurate with every receiver and that’s what leads to really good accuracy."

Whipple on QB's and Team in General: "They’re all getting better. I don’t think that there’s any doubt we’re a much stronger group than we were last year."