Any knocks on Brandon Weeden usually stem from his age, not his arm strength and accuracy with the football. But according to some of the coaches that faced him in college, Weeden may be a bit (in Butch Davis’s words) “skittish”.
NFL Films guru Greg Cosell saw some struggles under pressure on Weeden’s game tape, and in interviews with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Big 12 coaches who faced Weeden in college said they noticed the same thing.
“He got quick feet. He got nervous,” observed Iowa State defensive coordinator Wally Burnham, whose Cyclones defeated Weeden’s Oklahoma State Cowboys in the 2011 regular season finale. “He really threw the ball away in a hurry. I’m not saying he was scared, he just wanted to get the ball out to his hot receiver.”
Former Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables, now on Clemson’s staff, faced Weeden twice in college and similarly surmised that Weeden’s ability, or inability, to improve under duress will indicate his career path.
“The challenge in the NFL,” said Venables, “will be when the pocket’s collapsing.”
I would imagine with good offensive line and a solid running game, Weeden’s poise under pressure won’t be an issue in the NFL.
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