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ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski changes tune on Browns QB Brandon Weeden

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 1, 2013

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In a post on Rotoworld.com, Evan Silva writes that ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski studied all of Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden's throws from his rookie season and came away "impressed."

In fact, Jaworski, among those who believed Colt McCoy should have opened the 2012 season as the Browns' No. 1 quarterback, said (per Silva) that Weeden "will be a rock-solid NFL starter in Norv Turner's offense."

Turner was hired in the off-season as offensive coordinator by new coach Rob Chudzinski, who replaced Pat Shurmur.

According to Silva, Jaworski praised Weeden's "uncommon poise and calm in the pocket" with "consistently solid" mechanics recently on ESPN. Jaworski also liked Weeden's "ability to sit on his back foot and drive the ball with velocity."

"There's no question in my mind that his throwing skill set and Turner's quarterback-friendly system will mesh effectively," Jaworski said, per Silva.

Here is Jaworski's full take, passed along by Silva Monday evening.

"I evaluated all of Weeden's throws in his rookie season. And I came away impressed," Jaworski said. "There's a lot to like and a lot to work with for a new coaching staff. It might sound crazy, but the first thing you notice with Weeden is he can really spin it. I am always amazed in my discussions of NFL quarterbacks how rarely throwing ability comes up. You have to start with it, and a significant part of that is arm strength. It matters. You're kidding yourself if you believe otherwise.

"For a rookie, Weeden showed uncommon poise and calm in the pocket. His mechanics were consistently solid. He showed the necessary ability to sit on his back foot and drive the ball with velocity. Did he struggle at times with clarity, seeing the field? Absolutely. Did he make some poor reads and bad throws in critical red-zone situations? No doubt. But that's what you expect from a rookie quarterback.

"I believe Weeden will be a rock-solid NFL starter in Norv Turner's offense. It will feature a heavy emphasis on play action, and intermediate and downfield throws. That's Weeden's strength.

Jaworski cited a certain play when he said, "It was play action out of the straight I, the safety dropped down leaving Josh Gordon one on one with a corner on the outside. What I loved about this throw was the precise ball location -- to the sideline, away from the defender.

"Overall, I was impressed with Weeden's rookie season. He will be the Browns' starting quarterback in 2013. There's no question in my mind that his throwing skill set and Turner's quarterback-friendly system will mesh effectively."
 

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