Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Weeden Remarks Put Browns GM in a Jam

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Weeden Remarks Put Browns GM in a Jam

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Mike Lombardi finds himself in quite a pickle these days.

As an analyst for NFL Network in 2012, Lombardi lambasted then- Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert and former team president Mike Holmgren for drafting quarterback Brandon Weeden 22nd overall. Lombardi termed the selection a "panicked disaster."

Today, Lombardi finds himself the Browns new general manager and Weeden is his quarterback.

Addressing reporters this past week for the first time since his May 13 appearance at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club in Canton, Ohio, Lombardi was asked what he has seen from Weeden this offseason. Lombardi didn't heap praise upon Weeden, the team's projected starter who has taken all of the first-team snaps throughout spring practices and the early stages of training camp, but he did offer a compliment.

"I think everybody that practices football has really good days and they have some bad days, and I think everything's a learning experience," Lombardi said. "And I think he clearly has proven in the offseason that he's gotten better at everything they've asked him to do."

If that doesn't instill confidence in a quarterback -- and the team's fans -- what will?


Cleveland practiced Saturday in its downtown stadium in front of thousands of fans eager for the season to start. First-year coach Rob Chudzinski moved training camp to FirstEnergy Stadium for a workout, a break from the routine for his players who are in their second week of camp. Running back Trent Richardson was held out for the second consecutive day with shin pain as the Browns were in full pads for the "Family Night" practice that included a dunk tank where fans could sink a man wearing a Ben Roethlisberger jersey if they were accurate enough.


Wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, teammates at West Virginia and now rookies in St. …

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