Brandon Weeden’s term as the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback could be coming to an end. Weeden didn’t have the best season Browns fans were hoping for when the former brain trust of the Browns,used the 22nd pick in the first round to draft the aging quarterback who failed to make a career in major league baseball. Weeden was the worst in the 2012 rookie class among Q.B.s taken. After watching him in the Browns preseason you had the sense the team was going to have problems putting wins on the board.
Watching him in his first NFL start against the Eagles, really had the fans panicking. He came out of the Philadelphia game with one of the worse quarterback ratings the Cleveland fans have ever seen. The Browns coaching staff refused to make a change and continued to put Weeden out on the field as the Browns starter, even though it was clear they had made a serious mistake drafting the 28-year-old gunslinger from Oklahoma.
Weeden finished his rookie season ranked 34th in the football outsiders DYAR, (Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement), he threw more interceptions than touchdowns and continued to struggle against the pressure of playing in the NFL. Sure the guy made a couple of long pass completions that gave his fans some hope that he was the guy. But he suffered to be a quarterback that could find any consistency. Weeden would have trouble every time the Browns would get into the red zone.
Weeden is now faced with the task of coming into camp this season to compete for the starting quarterback job in Cleveland. He says he welcomes the chance to compete, but we all know that Weeden struggles when he is under pressure. The Browns have a new coaching staff in place for the 2013 season and the Weeden fans are hoping they can get Weeden plays to his true potential.
If he can’t he will be another Cleveland quarterback that falls into the category of not being able to make it in the NFL. Weeden may think his second season in the NFL is going to be easier. Nothing could be further from the truth. By now all the teams in the NFL will have film on him, they will know the pressure gets to him and they will know Weeden doesn’t have the tools to escape a serious pass rush.
If teams bring the pressure to Weeden he will fold. The Browns will have to find a guy that can handle the pressure of playing in the NFL. Weeden may not be the guy. Finishing 34 on a list that only has 32 starters doesn’t speak volumes for Weeden’s abilities.
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