By LG

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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Readers Comments (9)

  1. Tony

    I don’t know if Weeden will make it or not as an NFL qb. That being said, I still think you are getting all bent out of shape way too early here. First, Weeden may be 28 years old, but he is still a rookie. Second, your argument that he couldn’t beat out Robinson at Oklahoma State doesn’t hold water. Head coach Mike Gundy by his own admission has said that Robinson was already established as the starter when Weeden arrived, and that he didn’t give Weeden a serious look until Robinson was injured at the end of the season of his senior year. I know this because Oklahoma State is my alma mater, and I follow their program closely. So in summary, I would respectfully suggest that he deserves a serious look before deciding to discard him, and also refrain from blaming a rookie qb for all of Cleveland’s p
    ast failures as a football team. Weeden may or may not be able to return the Browns to glory on the gridiron, but it is readily apparent to me that you are getting all worked up before even giving him a real shot. Remember, you have got him already; might as well see what he can do.

     
  2. ABrown

    Tony, you’ve probably watched a lot of Weeden’s games in college. Do you ever remember his NOT throwing a TD pass for 2 games or even 1 game for that matter?

    I think LG is looking atmanagement, coaching and play calling. Maybe nether McCoy nor Weeden is being developed and coached well and the Browns fans are coming out on the really short end of the stick again.

     
    • Tony

      ABrown, If LG is looking at this strictly from a management viewpoint, then I can’t really answer to that. I know nothing about the current coach and management, and frankly I have no idea if they know what they are doing. It just seemed to me that LG was attempting to say that Weeden cannot get the job done before we have even really seen him in live action. Who knows, he might be right, but I just think we should see what he’s got first. After all, it’s not like it can get much worse. And by the way, I will freely admit my bias for Weeden, but if he flops I will stand corrected.

       
  3. ABrown

    About Robinson and Weeden at Oklahoma State, Weeden was there for three years while Robinson was playing. Weeden red-shirted in 2007 and then was a backup to Robinson in 2008 and 2009. Weeden played in one game in Robinson’s jr. season and then he played in 3 games in 2009.

    It’s always been my impression that Gundy pays a lot of attention to QBs because he was a great one at OSU, so I don’t understand why he didn’t take Weeden very seriously for 3 years.

     
    • Tony

      Robinson was a very good established qb, and Weeden at that time was an unknown commodity. Another part of the answer to your question lies in the style of offense that OSU played when Robinson was there. The offense at that time was designed for a mobile qb. Robinson, Bobby Reid, and Josh Fields were all mobile qbs who were at least as good at running, as they were passing. Weeden is not and will never be very mobile. That is a good part of the reason that Gundy hired Dana Holgorsen to change to a more pass oriented offense after Robinson left, and one of the reasons why Weeden didn’t get a serious look until Robinson got hurt. I also personally think that Gundy was reluctant to mess with the dynamics of the team at that time, because OSU was just then beginning to achieve real success on the football field, after years of mediocrity, and just plain bad football.

       
      • LG

        Tony, Bingo. The Browns went out and got themselves a none Mobile Q.B. In Brandon Weeden in a division that your Q.B. better be able to get away from some rushing situations. And the fact the Browns Offensive line won’t be able to give Weeden the protection he will need to get the job done…..This is what I have been trying to say the whole time….Guess I didn’t phrase it right….

         
        • Tony

          LG, If I misunderstood your point, I apologize. You are correct. If the O-line cannot pass protect, then Weeden will be toast. However, if that is the case, obviously they had better get that fixed in a hurry, otherwise it won’t matter who you have as qb. Simply bringing in a mobile qb will not fix your offensive woes if you have a sub par offensive line. On another note, I feel your frustration and pain as a fan. I am a fan of the KC Royals. Believe me; I know how frustrating it can be to watch your team struggle because of poor management. Lol

           
      • ABrown

        I had wondered if that difference in style didn’t have something to do with it. And Oklahoma State had the good sense to get a really good offensive line. The Browns need some help with that and also with depth to back up the starters. The OSU tackles from last year are free agents, one at Washington and the other at Dallas. If they don’t catch on there, they might be able to help us out in Cleveland.

         
  4. ABrown

    I would like the Browns coaches to get more aggressive and creative with passing the ball down the field and into the end zone. That really can be done with a West Coast Offense in its more successful variations.

    And we absolutely MUST pay attention to the O-Line, both starters and backups. QBs are flashy but it’s almost impossible to win consistently without a line that can protect both the left and right sides and run through holes in the right as well as the left sides of the line.

    And so far we haven’t been able to run to the right at all.
    That will be a real problem in the regular season.

    There’s too much blaming the quarterback in Cleveland and not enough protection and creative plays to give them a chance to succeed.

    We’ve had too much scripting not to fail in Cleveland and not enough planning to actually win in the regular season.

    Cleveland fans are long overdue.

     

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