I have heard all kinds of chatter from people who think Brandon Weeden is the great white hope of the Cleveland Browns and he is going to take them to the promise land. The truth of the matter is, Brandon Weeden is 0-4 as the Browns starting quarterback. Everyone is so excited because the Browns played a tough game in Baltimore last night. Listen people the Browns lost the game and Brandon Weeden didn’t put any points on the board none, he threw no touchdown passes at all and when he had a chance to make a great throw he threw the ball out of the end-zone. Weeden was brought to Cleveland because of his great pin point accuracy and his strong-arm. Tell me where is that at? Sure there are some dropped passes, there are also some caught passes too.
The one deep pass Brandon Weeden completed to Greg Little for a 39 yard gain was thrown high, Little did a great job to hand on and haul that ball in. Sure Little dropped some other balls, he also caught 4 passes in the game and none of them were perfectly thrown balls. Look at the film if you can. You’ll see what I am saying. Now lets get into looking at Weedens first four games and Colt McCoy’s first four games as the Browns starting quarterback.
Right off the back McCoy has the edge, he won 2 of the first four games that he played in as the Browns quarterback. McCoy had a .500 percentage after 4 games. Weeden has a zero winning percentage after his first four games. You following what I am saying so far? By no means am I saying Colt McCoy is a better quarterback than Brandon Weeden, however after four games Colt had 2 wins.
Does anyone remember the two teams he beat? Lets me refresh you memories. In the first game McCoy played in he went 23 for 33 for 281 yards and 1 touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He did this with an arm that was still damaged from the injury he sustained in the BCS Championship game. McCoy had 2 interceptions and didn’t fumble the ball at all. In Brandon Weeden’s first game for the Browns he went 12 of 35 for 118 yards, Weeden threw 4 interceptions and fumbled the ball 2 times. In his very first game for the Browns Colt McCoy was able to throw a touchdown pass, Weeden was not able to do so. In his very first game as a Brown Colt McCoy threw 2 picks, Weeden threw 4. In his very first game as a Brown Colt McCoy never fumbled the football, Weeden fumbled 2 times. Both McCoy and Weeden were Rookies in the NFL playing in their first game & they both lost….
In Colt McCoy’s second game for the Cleveland Browns Colt McCoy completed 9 of 16 passes for 74 yards, McCoy didn’t throw any interceptions and he had no fumbles in the game. Colt McCoy won the game against the New Orleans Saints 30-17, his second game playing as the Browns Rookie quarterback. In Brandon Weeden’s second game as the Browns Q.B. he threw 322 yards completing 26 of 37 of his passes and lost the game. So in their 2nd games as rookie Q.B.’s Colt won Weeden lost.
In Colt McCoy’s 3rd game as the Browns rookie Q.B. he played the New England Patriots. McCoy threw for 174 yards, he completed 14 of the 19 passes he threw you see that? He had no interceptions and had no fumbles…McCoy won his 3rd game in the NFL…Oh yeah, McCoy rushed for a touchdown in the game too, the Browns beat the Patriots 34-14… The Patriots finished the 2010 season with a 14-2 record. Not a bad team were they?
In Brandon Weeden’s 3rd start as the Browns Q.B. he completed 27 of the 43 passes he threw for 237 yards. Weeden threw 2 interceptions and had 1 touchdown. Weeden Lost The Game. In Colt McCoys 4th game as the Browns Q.B. he played against the Jets, the only other team that handed the Patriots a loss in 2010. McCoy completed 18 of 31 for 205 yards and a touchdown. McCoy had no interceptions and he didn’t fumble the ball either, McCoy lost the game.
In Brandon Weeden’s 4th game as the Browns starter, he complete 25 of the 52 passes he threw, he had one interception that was returned for a touchdown and he lost the game. Weeden threw no touchdowns and he had 27 incomplete passes. Sure there were some drops and Weeden had some terrible throws too. On some of his completions the receivers had to pick the ball off of the tops of their shows. So much for the highly accurate arm.
In all four of the games McCoy played in, he completed more than 50% of his passes. McCoy had 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Weeden only completed more than 50% of his passes 2 time, he threw more interceptions than touchdown 7-3 and has lost all four of his first four starts….. So if you look at it just by comparing the first 4 starts it clearly shows which quarterback had a better start to their careers.
By The Way the Saints finished the 2010 season with a 11-5 record….McCoy was able to get wins to go .500 in his first four starts against a couple of pretty darn good football teams don’t ya think??? So far in his rookie season after 4 starts Weeden’s winning percentage is zero….. Yes, I know Colt McCoy had a bad year in 2011, Weeden is having an even worse year in 2012 so far. The only common denominator is the fact Pat Shurmur is the head coach…
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