In a recent interview Browns 29-year-old rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden said he just has to let it rip in the last two games. Wow, we thought he was already doing that. If he thinks he has to throw the ball more than he has already been throwing it, how many more interceptions can we count on? Weeden is only one interception away from taking the lead in the NFL for the most interceptions, if he plans on letting it rip as he says, how many more interceptions do you think we will see out of Weeden? With 17 of them already and one of the worse T.Q.R. in the N.F.L. I get a kick out of how many people continue to say you can’t hold it against Weeden because even though he is 29, he is still a rookie.
Wow, again I am blown away by all the excuses people will make for Weeden. Wasn’t Kirk Cousins a rookie too? As a matter of fact when Cousins played the Browns last Sunday it was his first N.F.L. start. No one had to make excuse after excuse for Cousins after he beat the heck out of the Cleveland Browns and Brandon Weeden who was in his 14th start. Then you have the Weeden backers that want to tell you that it was the defense that lost the game for the Browns and it had nothing to do at all with Brandon Weeden. Again you just have to sit back and laugh, how long do people think the defense should stay out on the field? The problem is they get tired trying to react defensively. It takes more energy to play defense than it does to play offense. That is why good football teams can keep their defense on the bench to rest them. Their offense can stay on the field for more than three plays at a time.
Weeden is one of the worse N.F.L. Q.B.’s when it comes to converting on third downs.If you look at time of possession last week you would see that the Browns lost that too. The Redskins offense had the ball for 36:17 and the Browns offense had the ball for only 23:43, the defense played longer than the Browns offense did. They have done that for much of the season, Brandon Weeden fails to keep his Browns offensive unit on the field. In each game the Browns lost the time of possession was in favor if the winning team. When the Cowboys beat the Browns they held the ball for almost 13 minutes more than the Cleveland Offense. If Weeden was capable of converting on 3rd downs, the table would be turning in the Browns favor.
This Sunday when the Browns travel to Denver, they have to try and keep Manning off the field.With Weeden at quarterback this is going to be a very difficult task. The Broncos 4 time league M.V.P. Peyton Manning is a master at controlling time of possession. In his last game the Broncos offense held the football for over 38 minutes. With Weeden going 3 and out more often than not, the Browns are probably going to lose the T.O.P. battle again. You can count on a tired Cleveland Browns defense and you can count on Brandon Weeden looking to take over the top spot in the N.F.L. in interceptions, letting it rip as he says may not be the ideal thing to do in the Mile High city.
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