An Example of Leadership

Take the time to show your kids examples of good leaders... and hopefully, good people.

Take the time to show your kids examples of good leaders… and hopefully, good people.

The Cleveland Browns have been trying to find the “right fit” quarterback for many years now.  In the draft before this year, they chose two high profile players.  One was running back Trent Richardson whom they promptly traded to the Colts just a few weeks ago.  The other was Brandon Weeden, touted as the quarterback of the Brown’s future.

Weeden beat out incumbent quarterback Colt McCoy who was a fan favorite because the guy tried so hard and had so much heart.  He embodied a lot of Cleveland attitude.  But when Weeden unseated him as the starter, as a fan, I could “feel” the inability of the city to embrace him.  There were just some sort of intangible traits he was missing.

This year, despite a promising preseason, his first two regular season games came up short and the pressure of more losses looming began to mount.  The fans just seemed to observe that whatever “it” is, he just didn’t seem to have it.

The Cleveland Browns will pay Brandon Weeden $1,469,500 this year.

As fate and perhaps the ghost of Lou Gehrig would have it, Weeden sustained an injury in Game #2 and was replaced by third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer.

Brian Hoyer came to the league as a rookie with the New England Patriots.  He was therefore mentored by future Hall of Famer quarterback Tom Brady.  It is clear Hoyer studied Brady’s keys to success as many have observed their similarities.  In Hoyer’s 2 starts he has won both games convincingly and humbly.  His approach to the game is a lot like Clevelanders approach their lives, families, jobs and sports addictions.  He’s an Ohio kid raised right around the Cleveland area and when he was interviewed in the post-game segment recently he expressed his happiness about the Brown’s victory and mentioned that it was even a bigger victory because he heard the Indians had won too that day and might be advancing in the baseball playoffs.  You could almost feel the collective group hug that this city wrapped around him at that point.  That “it” I was referring to earlier – he has it.

The Cleveland Browns will pay Brian Hoyer $715,000 this year.

Here’s what his fellow players have to say about him:

Cornerback Joe Haden:

“He comes off to the sideline and comes over to the defense and comes slapping us on the helmet,” said Haden.  “He’s just really involved. When you have a quarterback walking around that’s super-confident. It makes you feel better.  His release is really quick, he makes all the throws. He’s just not afraid of the moment. He just stepped in there, no hesitation, and he just carries himself really well.”

Wide receiver Davone Bess:

“He has the competitive nature to get the job done.  He’s playing well and it’s just contagious.

Rookie tight end MarQueis Gray:

He’s out there holding his players accountable, just keeping everyone in the game. Even when we’re on the sidelines, he’s harping on guys, and cheering on his teammates.  It gives our guys no choice but to make the play. He’s moving well in the pocket, he’s making checks when needed, getting the ball to guys, and overall knowing when we need to get the first down and keep the chains moving. He’s doing a great job of leading our offense right now.

Receiver Josh Gordon:

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