Last night the Browns took on the Packers and the Browns defense really stepped up in the game to take control. Brandon Weeden looked 400% percent better than he did in week one. I was impressed to say the least. What we saw in week one left me wondering what exactly it was the Browns front office was trying to sell us in Cleveland. I mean, here we had a guy that is 28 years old comes from a failed baseball career and now he is going to give professional football a try. Weeden is a pocket passer and the Browns are a team for the time being that has a hard time creating a pocket. I thought to myself what the heck is going on here.
Needless to say I gave Weeden credit for turning things around in a week. I thought OK, here is a guy who obviously not going to be able to scramble out of trouble because f his lack of running ability and he had a good game. I mean 12 for 20 isn't too terrible right? Then I see someone who took the time to analyze the complete game. It is preseason right? These games don't really count for anything or do they?
Sure they mean something, these are the games coaches evaluate the talent they have in camp and then make a decision about who they keep and who they cut. Hold on, there is a point here somewhere. Weeden is coming into Cleveland to take over Colt McCoy's job as the Browns starting Q.B. Now with that being said, I know plenty of you are thinking I really have it out for Brandon Weeden, you have to trust me when I tell you that is not the case at all. I am tired of watching the Cleveland Browns lose football game after Football game. I want the very best possible players in the game at each of the 22 starting positions. (excluding special teams for this article).
Now lets take a look at the X's & O's for last nights game against the Packers. Lets take a look at just how well Brandon Weeden the Browns 28-year-old soon to be 29-year-old (Oct. 14th) starting quarterback really did. I wrote an article earlier and I had a few comments, one of the comments was from a great Browns fan who took the time to make a flow chart of the game. This fan is a former College professor and has really followed both Colt McCoy and Brandon Weeden's college career.
The following are some of those comments taking a look at just how well Weeden really did;
It was definitely a better night for Weeden. The coaches protected him like their lives depend on it. Against the first string defense, they called almost 70% run plays to keep Weeden out of the mix and when the coaches did dial up a pass, Weeden completed only 3 of 8 against the ones.
You mentioned the near interceptions. That was troubling. Last week, 3 passes were nearly picked off — 2 sidelines and 1 screen. This week the coaches only called 1 sideline pass and only 1 screen. Those were the 2 that Green Bay defenders got in their hands on.
The Browns’ first team had 8 possessions last night and scored on 4, 3 field goals and 1 touchdown (set up by one really good pass to Little) and only one of these drives covered more than 40 yards — the TD drive covered 45.
The defense did a great job of giving us a short field and getting turnovers and TDs. Weeden finished with a passer rating in the 70′sm much better than 19.
Now lets take a look at what this former College professor said head Coach Pat Shurmur was looking for in week 2 of the preseason before we start talking about who the better quarterback for the Cleveland Browns really is;
Coach Shumur said the goal of the week was Efficiency which he defined as touchdowns on most possessions.
Colt had one possession and led the longest drive of the night (79 yards or 59 passing and 21 running) for a touchdown leading the 2s and 3s against the 2s and 3s.
Weeden had 8 possessions for 4 scores but only 1 was a touchdown, He led the 1′s against the 1′s for only a short while and then led the 1′s against the 2′s and 3′s.
Colt threw for approx 15 yards per completion vs. 10 for Weeden and a passer rating of 100 for McCoy vs 76 for Weeden.
Like I said earlier in this article, I have nothing against Brandon Weeden. I truly want to see a winning Browns football team before I get called home to be with GOD. If Weeden were really the guy that could do that I would be first in line to see it happen. It is my opinion he is not. You don't go out and get a pocket passer with no ability to run for a team that has trouble creating a pocket. Brandon Weeden will get injured out there on the field and if this Cleveland Browns team has no Colt McCoy to come in and take the helm, we the fans of the Browns are going to left to settle for more of the same. Losing!!! I for one am sick of losing all the time. It is time for Cleveland Sports teams to step up and win. That's what they get paid millions of dollars to do.
Brandon Weeden may have been a star at Oklahoma last year he wasn't always. Do your home work people, Weeden couldn't even bet out Zac Robinson for the starting job at Oklahoma State. Weeden sat for 2 years behind Robinson who was drafted in 2010 7th round. Who is Zac Robinson you ask? He is an American football quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma State. He has also been a member of the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions.
You see that? The guy has been through 4 teams in 2 years, The Patriots got rid of Robinson in no time. Weeden sat behind this guy for 2 years and the Browns expect us the people who support this team to swallow this bill of goods they are trying to sell us....I for one am not that ignorant and you the fans shouldn't be either......We deserve better than this....We deserve a winning football team.
How many 2 or 3 or 5 yard passes did Weeden throw to get to 12 for 20 last night? You probably have no idea. With Shumur calling the plays why do we need a guy who has a strong arm when he only calls little plays.....Don't buy into this crap Shumur is putting on the table. It is going to be hard to swallow once the season starts....You think the current Browns front office really cares about winning? I say no, none of them will be here next year. They get their millions and hit the road while we are left to suffer....
Why are the Browns doing this? We will get into that in our next Article.......Stay tuned.....
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