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Self-Containing Weeden

by John Helsley Published: September 3, 2010

By John Helsley

jhelsley@opubco.com

The Cowboys need Brandon Weeden to avoid all danger.

The Cowboys need Brandon Weeden to avoid all danger.

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Brandon Weeden, the former top draft pick of the New York Yankees now quarterbacking the Cowboys, is a solid athlete.

Let’s get that established, as if it was necessary.

Is he Vince Young or Terrelle Pryor or even Zac Robinson? Not in terms of running the football, although that should never be an absolute requirement when discussing athleticism, but that’s a debate for another time.

But Weeden can run a bit, enough to escape pressure and buy himself time in the pocket or even scramble a few yards for a first down. In his big half against Colorado last year, he made a big-time throw on the run, rolling right and firing 28 yards to Justin Blackmon for the game-winning touchdown.

These things he can do.

It’s just not a good idea.

Any vision the Cowboys have of another strong season, a bowl season, demands Weeden stay healthy. It’s imperative.

And that’s just not me talking. Asked how he felt about his backup quarterbacks, offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen said:

“Not very good right now.”

That’s not necessarily a dig on Johnny Deaton and Clint Chelf, they’re just pups. And in getting Weeden up to speed in the offense, Holgorsen hasn’t had the luxury of getting those guys reps, too, in practice.

“ They’re young. They’re both freshmen,” Holgorsen said. “Those guys have ability, the more reps we get them the better off they’ll be. Right now, we’re not able to do that.”

So Weeden need be careful, which isn’t always easy for a quarterback instinctively trying to make plays.

It may not even be ideal for this offense. Last year at Houston, Holgorsen had a quarterback in Case Keenum who carried the ball 60 times. While that total included sacks, Keenum was also adept at scrambling and creating, something Weeden just can’t afford to do.

No one at OSU is talking about any sort of protection plan for Weeden. Will they shackle him? Put him under strict orders not to scramble? Or to at least slide, something Robinson never was very good at at OSU?

Weeden is capable of making plays with his legs. There are things he can do.

It’s just not a good idea.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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