BROWNS BREAKDOWN: Brandon Weeden not as bad as box score looks in Week 1 loss to Dolphins

CLEVELAND - Scan Brandon Weeden's numbers in Sunday's box score and his performance doesn't look pretty: 26/53, 289 yards, TD, 3 INT.

The 29-year-old completed just 49 percent of his passes in the opener of his second season as the Browns' starting quarterback.

Last year, I broke down Weeden's first NFL start , a loss to the Eagles in which he threw four interceptions. Weeden struggled handling pressure in that game.

One year later, Weeden again had problems precipitated by an offensive line that rarely gave him much of a chance. He was sacked six times and hit 16. Cameron Wake and the Dolphins' front seven were consistently flustering Weeden, if not getting sacks, hurrying him or collapsing the pocket.

Oneil Cousins struggled mightily, committing penalties and failing to hold back rushers at the right guard spot. At right tackle, Mitchell Schwartz was no match for Wake, who repeatedly blew past him on the outside. On one 4th quarter play, Weeden had just three seconds to make a decision before Wake reached him.

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Weeden was also hurt by mistakes from his own receivers. Four passes were dropped, one glaring example a throw on target but off the hands of Greg Little and intercepted by the Dolphins.

That is a recipe for the type of mediocre numbers Weeden put up.

There were still flaws in the quarterback's play but when given time to throw and step into the pocket, Weeden did not look bad. His touchdown throw to Jordan Cameron was a thing of beauty and he showed his arm strength putting zip on throws he had time and room into which to step up.

Weeden is not without fault. He still made mistakes and stared down receivers.

His very poor stat line, however, is deceiving and his overall performance, under duress, was better than a shaky first career start in 2012.

Here's a throw-by-throw breakdown of Weeden's first start of 2013:

QUARTER 1

DRIVE 1
1- 1 st and 10- CLE 34 - Shotgun, 2 WRs to near side, 2 backs beside Weeden, playaction for Richardson, quick pass right to Benjamin for 4 yards
2- 2 nd and 6 – CLE 38 - Shotgun, 3 WRs, Richardson lineup next to Weeeden on 2 nd and 6 - Quick release and complete right to Little for 10 yards
3- Shotgun 2 nd and 8, MIA 41 – 2 WR, 2 TE – Miami blitzes corner lined up on Benjamin to right side, Richardson blocks blitzer, Weeden has pocket to step into, late for Little, nearly picked by Patterson
4- 3 rd and 8 – Shotgun -3 WRs, 2 TE - MIA 41 – Miami sends Ellerbe on blitz, Ogbonaya fails to pick him up, applies pressure to Weeden's  left forcing him to throw pass for grabs in double coverage, intended for Benjamin, INT by Carroll

DRIVE 2
1 – 1 st and 10 -Pistol– 2 WRs -  CLE 39 – play action Richardson , pass for Richardson incomplete, with Starks coming up the middle
2- 3 rd and 10 – Shotgun – 3WR, 2 TE – quick drop and release for Benjamin on the slant, on target, DROPPED

DRIVE 3
1- 2 nd and 10 – CLE 19 - Shotgun – 2 WR, 2 TE – Stares left, hits Little for 8 yards
2- 3 rd and 2 – CLE 27 - Shotgun – 4 WR (Cameron lined up as WR) 4 man rush, pocket collapsing on Weeden, finds Little crossing the field, deflects off Little's hands, INT by Patterson

QUARTER 2

DRIVE 1
1- 2 nd and 8 – CLE 16 – Shotgun -  2 WR, 2 TE – slant 18 yards to Bess called back by Cousins illegal use of hands  - NO PLAY
2 – 2 nd and 16 – CLE 8- Shotgun – 3 WR, TE –quick pass short left to Bess for 4 yards
3- 3 rd and 12 – CLE 12- Shotgun – 3 WR, Cameron, Richardson lined up next to Weeden, time to throw, checks down to Ogbonaya for 10 yards, good Miami coverage

DRIVE 2
1- 1 st and 10 – MIA 49 - under center for first time – 3 WR, TE, Rich in backfield, play action, Weeden looks left can't find anyone downfield, looks shorter to Richardson in flat, opts against that, protection has broken down now, rolls right, finds Jordan Cameron – 22 yards – impressive use of looking at all reads and buying time for TE to get open downfield
2 – 1 st and 10 – MIA 27 – 2 WR, under center again – play action Richardson, long drop, sets, plenty of time, throw a bit high and behind Cameron, deflected off his left hand, INT by Patterson –INT on Weeden – poor throw

DRIVE 3
1- 2 nd and 5- no huddle, shotgun – CLE 49 – looks right, has time, finds Bess
2- 1 st and 10 – MIA 41 – shotgun – no one beside Weeden – 5 WR – Schwartz blown by, Weeden with pressure at his feet from his right from Wake, still not a bad throw to Little on slant that goes off his hands
3- 2 nd and 20 – CLE 49 – 3 WR, TE – shotgun - LB blitz, Starks   unchecked shot at Weeden who still gets it accurately to Cameron for 16 yards
4 – 3 rd and 4 – MIA 35 – 3 WR – shotgun – looking left right from snap toward Bess who's running slant, finds him with a good throw for 8 yards and first down
5- 1 st and 15 – MIA 32 – shotgun – 3 WR, TE- Wake gets by Schwartz again – pressure at Weeden's feet from Wake forces him into Joe Thomas and Vernon – pocket

collapses and sack by Wake and Starks – no chance for Weeden
6-  MIA 38 – 4 WR – Shotgun – has time and gets off good throw to Bess for 8 yards
7 – 1 st and 10 – MIA 15 – 2 WR – Under center – Soliai pushes back Cousins, gets hands up and bats down Weeden's pass
8- 2 nd and 10 – MIA 15 – under center – 2 WR – Little in motion – play action, Weeden, rolling right, throws across body to open Cameron for 11 yards, good play design pulled the defense right, Cameron lined up right goes across field to left side
9 – 1 st and goal – MIA 4- 3 WR – shotgun – time to throw, Weeden can't find anyone, rolls left, throws it away out of end zone
10 – 1 st and goal – MIA 2 – 4 WR – play action, Weeden moves right, pressured by Clemons on the blitz, finds Bess at 1, NO PLAY, illegal formation before
11- 1 st and goal – MIA 7 – shotgun – 3 WR – pass tipped by Soliai, again on Cousins
12 – 2 nd and goal – MIA 7 – shotgun – 3 WR – Cameron gets by Wheeler, has Grimes come over, Weeden steps up into pocket, excellent throw to Cameron back right corner of end zone for TOUCHDOWNQUARTER

QUARTER 3

DRIVE 1
1 – 3 rd and 5 – CLE 27 – Shotgun 4 WR – Weeden deep drop, doesn't step into throw, way overthrows pass intended for Bess

DRIVE 2
1- 2 nd and 10 – CLE 19 – shotgun – 4 WR – 4-man rush, Wake again past Schwartz outside, Weeden can't find receiver, no pocket to step into, sacked by Wake
2- 3 rd and 18 – CLE 11 – shotgun – 4 WR – Wake getting by Schwartz, Jordan by Thomas to Weeden's blind side, Cousins gets plowed through and Weeden's pass facing pressure is errant for Ogbonaya

DRIVE 3
1- 1 st and 10 – CLE 20 – under center – 2 WR – Weeden has pocket to throw in, fires for 21 yards to Cameron
2- 1 st and 10 – CLE 41 – shotgun – 2 WR – fake end around to Little loss of 2
3- 2 nd and 12 – CLE 39 – under center – 2 WR – play action to Richardson, Weeden finds Richardson out of the backfield for 18 yards
4- 2 nd and 8 – MIA 41 –under center- 3 WR – Weeden rears back, reads coverage well as LB comes up and hits Benjamin for 20 yards
5- 1 st and 10 – MIA 21 – under center – 2 WR, TE in motion – time for Weeden, short underneath to Richardson, incomplete as he is hit hard
6- 2 nd and 10 – MIA 21 – under center – 2 WR – play action – Wake past Greco off edge, forces Weeden into throw Ogbonaya can't hold onto as he's about to be hit
7- 3 rd and 10 –MIA 21 – shotgun – 3 WR- Weeden pushed back as pressure comes off left side by 50, can't find a WR, pulls ball down and moves left, retreating further back, then throws it away

QUARTER 4

DRIVE 1
1-   2 nd and 3- CLE 24- shotgun 3 WR – Weeden blitzed, releases and hit hard by LB Misi but puts accurate throw on Little for 10 yards and 1 st down
2-   1 st and 10 – CLE 34- shotgun – 3 WR – pass dropped by Benjamin
3-   2 nd and 5 – CLE 39 – shotgun 2 WR – 9 yards to Barnidge
4-   1 st and 10 – CLE 48 – shotgun 2 WR – 2 beside Weeden –looks left the whole way, pumps and pulls it down as Shelby gets by Thomas (Barnidge fails to help) & forces fumble, Browns recover
5-   2 nd and 19 – CLE 39 – shotgun 3 WR –Wake shoots by Schwartz, forces Weeden to throw screen attempt too quickly intended for Richardson. Weeden has 3 seconds before Wake gets to him
6-   3 rd  and 19 – CLE 39 – shotgun 4 WR –steps into throw and completes to Cameron for 10 yards

DRIVE 2
1-   1 st and 10 – CLE 25 – shotgun – 3 WR –pressured, can't find WR, incomplete attempt to Richardson
2-   2 nd and 10 – CLE 25 – shotgun – 4 WR –throws off back foot, caught by Cameron for 1 yard
3-   3 rd and 8 – CLE 27 – shotgun – 4 WR – quick pass to Cameron shy of sticks
4-   4 th and 2- CLE 33 – shotgun – 4 WR –  looking left the whole way, Ogbonaya fails to block Wake on blind side, Wake sacks Weeden

DRIVE 3
1 – 1 st and 10 – CLE 14 – shotgun – 4 WR – pocket collapses in on Weeden from Greco, Weeden hits Benjamin, for 20 yards
2- 1 st and 10 – CLE 34 – shotgun no huddle – 4 WR- incomplete deep left to Benjamin
3- 2 nd and 10 – CLE 34 –shotgun – 4 WR – sailed left sideline for Little incomplete
4- 3 rd and 10 – CLE 34- shotgun 4 WR – Odrick pressures Weeden off LG, hits him, incomplete pass
5 – 4 th and 10 – CLE 34 – shotgun 3 WR – Weeden has time, 13 yards to Cameron
6- 1 st and 10 – CLE 47 – shotgun no huddle 3 WR- high, incomplete to Bess
7- 2 nd and 10 – CLE 47- shotgun 3 WR- steps up doesn't go for open WR Bess immediately, pulls it down then throws late  and almost has it picked
8- 3 rd and 10 – CLE 47 – shotgun 3 WR – pass deflected, incomplete
9 – 4 th and 10 – CLE 47 – shotgun 3 WR – steps up, hits Gurley on sideline for 1 st down
10 – 1 st and 10 – MIA 38 – shotgun 3 WR – hits Cooper on free play
11 -  1 st and 5 – MIA 33 – shotgun 3 WR – pump, right sideline, good catch by Bess
12- 1 st and 10 – MIA 16 – shotgun 3 WR – hit by Shelby, throws it away
13 – 2 nd and 10 – MIA 16 – shotgun 3 WR – sacked by Starks, past Cousins
14 – 3 rd and 19 – MIA 25 – shotgun 3 WR – pocket collapses, sack by Jordan

mitigated by facemask penalty on Jordan
15 – 1 st and 10 – MIA 20 – shotgun 3 WR – high intended for Bess, pressure off right side
16 – 2 nd and 10 – MIA 20 – shotgun 4 WR – scrambles, hits Barnidge for TD, nullified by Cousins holding
17 – 2 nd and 20 – MIA 30 – shotgun 5 WR – shovel pass to Richardson
18 – 3 rd and 8 – MIA 18 – shotgun 3 WR – avoids blitzing #20, throws it away
19 – 4 th and 8 – MIA 18 – shotgun 3 WR – no one open, rolls out, shovels it away incomplete

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