Oct 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) is sacked by Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Weeden Week 5: A Tim Tebow Win


Jan 14, 2012, Foxborough, MA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) is pressured by New England Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich in an AFC Divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Broncos 45-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Last night we looked at the possibility of the Cleveland Browns signing Matt Flynn to replace Brian Hoyer and compete with Brandon Weeden.  Here is a quick chart to compare Hoyer and Flynn:

Hoyer

Flynn

Date of Birth

10/13/85

6/20/85

Height

6’2”

6’2”

Weight

215 lbs

230 lbs

Drafted

Undrafted

7th Round 209 Overall

Times Cut

3

1

Teams in Past 3 years

Patriots, Steelers, Cardinals, Browns

Packers, Seahawks, Raiders

Many may be wondering why the Browns would be looking for another quarterback after the game that Weeden put up last week. Weeden, who took over after 7 offensive plays, threw for 197 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions. He had two long touchdown drives, though one was only 2 long pass plays. His best drive was 14 plays for 74 yards. The lack of interceptions thrown was a huge positive for the Browns.

Yet Weeden’s numbers and the win are easily comparable to the Tim Tebow games in Denver. While their skill set is different, Tebow the runner and Weeden the big armed thrower, the outcome of their games covered up significant flaws. With Tebow he won games on great late game plays and with a solid defense. He led his Broncos team to the playoffs and upset the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime. Yet the Broncos sought a replacement, found a great one in Peyton Manning, and Tebow’s exodus from the game was quick. From “winning” in the plaoffs to out of the game in a couple year. He won games but couldn’t get a starting job. Something seems off.

The same is true with Weeden. He won the game last week with a few drives and big plays combined with amazing special teams plays by Travis Benjamin. Weeden repeated two issues that NFL analysts say are weaknesses of Tebows: 1) Starring down receivers and 2) Not throwing his receivers open. Weeden stayed on his first read from the snap until the pass rush forced him to move. Only then did he start to look towards any other players on the field. His throws were oft behind his receiver or when he receiver had already sat down on his route. On one play his primary receiver was Josh Gordon, who was pressed at the line, stumbled and didn’t get into his route easily after being thrown off balance. Weeden watched Gordon the whole way until taking a sack. He did the same thing on Gordon’s TD pass, except Gordon won at the line and won the ball tip drill.

While Weeden won the game, and may win other games for the team this year, his wins, unless he shows vast improvements in a few areas, will compare with Tebow’s playoff run. If the Browns stay in competition, or even make the playoffs still expect the front office to seek a new QB, much the same way the Broncos did. Like Tebow, Weeden has great character and a very specific talent but does not show the ability to be the leading man of a competitive team.

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