This week we are taking a look at the performance of Browns 29-year-old rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden. Why was Weeden so successful in College? It is because he had a very simplified offense to play in. Weeden gets lost in the complexity of offense schemes. He doesn’t take the time to fully understand what his role as a team leader is and he continues to take unnecessary chances with poorly thrown down-filed passes. This has been Brandon Weedens problem for a while, he suffered the same in abilities in College as he is suffering in the NFL. If The Steelers defense was able to hold onto the football in last weeks game Weedenn would have once again demonstrated his poor judgement in being able to determin what the defense was doing. Weeden has always had problems
Here is what the pro-scouts thought about Brandon Weeden before the NFL draft. Read it and carefully consider it before you snap to any judgements. Everything they reported is true. Brandon Weeden still suffers from the same problems he did in College, he simply doesn’t process the raw talent to become the Browns super star quarterback….
Operated heavily out of the shotgun in a spread offense featuring simple, half-field reads that inflated his statistics. Tended to bird-dog and force the ball to Justin Blackmon. Inconsistent deep-ball placement — throws to spots. Struggles to handle and escape pressure and has limited mobility to escape. Can be rattled by the rush. Does not like to be hit. Wilts against the blitz. Relies too much on his arm — footwork is not clean. Over aged. Arm durability needs to be evaluated. Average Senior Bowl showing exposed difficulty adjusting to working under center and cycling through reads — will require time to adjust. Limited upside.
Did you see the part in the above statement that said, ” offense featuring simple, half-field reads that inflated his statistics”? The Cleveland Browns have had to do the very same things to make Brandon Weeden look successful in the NFL. If you look at Weeden’s stats you will see he has a 6.2 yard passing average, very few of Weeden’s completions come down field for large gains. Weedenn often throws passing short of his 6 yard average. The Browns coaching staff can’t trust Weeden to throw a completion down field for a huge gain when the game is on the line, they are too afraid Weeden will make a mistake and mis-read the defense and throw one of his interceptions. A prime example of that is when the Browns went into overtime against the Dallas Cowboys. Weeden could do anything right to get the Cleveland Browns out of their own end of the field. It isn’t often that the Browns coaching staff can trust Brandon Weeden to get the game when it is really on the line.
Did you pay attention to the above statement where it said, “Inconsistent deep-ball placement “? We continue to see this coming from Weeden, he couldn’t even throw a touch pass into the corner of the end-zone in the Dallas game. Now not only does he suffer from Inconsistent deep-ball placement, he has problems with the little touch passes too.
How about where it says; “Struggles to handle and escape pressure”? We continue to see Brandon Weeden fail under pressure. If someone gets near him he folds. he has no mobility to escape. his foot-work stinks. He continues to be “rattled by the rush“. Brandon Weeden isn’t going to adjust to taking big hits in the NFL, he doesn’t like to be hit, he is afraid to get injured. An NFL quarterback cannot be concerned with getting injured, that is how you get injured. Look successful NFL quarterbacks somehow they have an instinct to step up and avoid the big hits. Brandon Weeden simply doesn’t have that instinct. it is something you are born with, it is a tough quality to develop in a guy who is gun-shy….
An NFL offense isn’t one that is going to “featuring simple, half-field reads”. Although the Cleveland Browns have made some adjustments to suit Weeden’s game they cannot continue to play this kind of football in the NFL and expect to become an NFL play-off caliber team. Joe banner was correct in his statement saying the team would use Weeden’s last 7 games to evaluate him to see if he is going to be the Browns future leader. The games remaining for Weeden to prove himself are down to 5 now. time is running out for Mr. Brandon Weeden to impress his new boss.
If anyone who follows football reads the scouting report on Brandon Weeden, they would have seen where it said it is going to take Weeden until his 30′s to be developed into any kind of NFL caliber starting quarterback. That’s why the professionals who get paid huge sums of money to write reports make the money they do. When Homgren forced Browns G.M. Tom Heckert to draft Weeden, is was one of the worse placebos ever feed to the good people in the city of Cleveland. The draft pick wasted on Weeden could have been used to repair the Browns defensive secondary and the Cleveland Browns wouldn’t have had to worry if Haden misses a game. They could have had someone else with great ability to cover someone when Haden is out.
We can all see it is the Browns defense that win games for the fans. Why not make it better and continue to win games? In closing have a look at what the scouts said in summery about Brandon Weeden.
After an extended minor-league baseball career, Weeden embarks upon an NFL career with considerable tread worn off his tires, and the simplified offense in which he played could push his development into his 30s. Displayed the careful ballhandling and short-to-intermediate accuracy desired in a precision passing game, but passing instincts are still raw for a more sophisticated, layered, pro-style, rhythm passing game. Has the arm talent to function in a vertical offense with a strong protection scheme and supporting cast but is most ideally suited for a backup role.
It is going to take a few years to develop Weeden into an NFL wining quarterback. The Browns went back to square one with the 22nd pick in the NFL draft in 2012. if you read the statements from the pro-scouts, and you take the time to properly think about how true they are. You will see they had Brandon Weeden nailed. Everything they stated in these reports that they make big money to produce is true.
I didn’t write them. I simply used them to state my points. So before you all go to calling me all kinds of names I suggest you carefully think about all the points talked about by these professional scouts, then put your emotional browns fans feelings aside and think about whet they said well in advance before the Cleveland Browns former team President screwed the Browns fans in his final encore….
There is a ton of proof in these scouting reports…Weeden has been described very well in this one. You can expect flashes of brilliance from Brandon Weeden, it you expect him to quickly become the next Peyton Manning or Tom Brady I strongly suggest not holding your breath….. It is the greatness gene that Weeden is missing….
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