Weeden a break-out QB?

Weeden a break-out QB?
June 27, 2013, 9:15 am
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Intelligent minds can have differences of opinion. One NFL observer, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, says the Browns will struggle mightily to put up any offense and quarterback Brandon Weeden may not even end up being the starter. Meanwhile, NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks makes a case for Weeden being the league’s most improved QB in 2013.

Brooks’ reasoning is that Weeden struggled under the constraints of former coach Pat Shurmur’s short passing game in his rookie season last year. That scheme didn’t take advantage of Weeden’s long-ball arm. But that will change under new head coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

They “will make Weeden a vastly improved player in his sophomore campaign. Each brings a distinguished track record of success developing young quarterbacks in a scheme originally derived from the Don Coryell/Ernie Zampese system.”

Turner has a long history of working with top-flight quarterbacks, from Troy Aikman to Philip Rivers. For Chudzinski, former offensive coordinator for the Panthers, that track record includes directing Cam Newton to a 4,000-yard season in 2011, a first for an NFL rookie. Plus, when Chudzinski was Cleveland’s offensive coordinator in 2007, he made Derek Anderson — Derek Anderson! — into a Pro Bowl QB.

Brooks figures it will work like this for the Browns: “Chudzinski and Turner will craft game plans that routinely feature deep shots off an assortment of play-action fakes designed to lure linebackers and safeties to the line, while exploiting single coverage on talented young receivers Josh Gordon and Greg Little. With Trent Richardson likely commanding eight-man fronts due to Cleveland's increased commitment to the running game, Weeden should be able to make more vertical throws.”

So there you have it. Weeden will bust out in 2013 as a dangerous deep thrower. Unless he has lost his starting job, that is.