“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 (Browns quarterback Brandon) Weeden is he can really spin it,” said ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski
Despite an inconsistent first year as the Browns starting quarterback and a challenge this season in training camp to remain the starter, Brandon Weeden could be a keeper for the Browns.
At least that’s what ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski believes. Jaworski is one of the best analysts on ESPN, and he does a great job breaking down quarterback play for casual fans to understand.
“Jaws” ranked Weeden 26th in his latest rankings that are being rolled out progressively by ESPN.
“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.”
That’s analyst lingo for Weeden has a strong arm and the rotation on his ball is tight. Jaworski loves Weeden’s arm strength.
“For a rookie, Weeden showed uncommon poise and calm in the pocket. His mechanics were consistently solid,” Jaworski said. “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.”
One of my pet peeves with Weeden last year was he was inconsistent seeing the vertical passing game, probably because from the middle of the season on he was looking to unload the ball sooner than he had to. One of the reasons why Weeden could be a good fit for Norv Turner’s offense is the reads are quicker, the routes a little shorter ... but it is a complex system that requires quarterbacks and receivers to be on the same page. Turner’s offense also uses the vertical passing game more aggressively, but those routes are adjusted just before the snap based on coverage.
“I believe Weeden to be a rock-solid NFL starter in Norv Turner’s offense,” Jaworski said. “It will feature a heavy emphasis on play-action and intermediate and downfield throws. That’s Weeden’s strength.
“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 skillset and Turner’s quarterback-friendly system will mesh effectively.”
THE REST OF THE RATINGS
Jaworski rated Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn No. 32, followed by Jake Locker (Tennessee), Kevin Kolb (Buffalo at 30th), Jacksonville’s Chad Henne, the Jets’ Mark Sanchez, and Christian Ponder (Minnesota) at one notch below Weeden.
“Jaws” ranked Michael Vick one spot above Weeden at 25. However, in new head coach Chip Kelly’s offense, Jaworski believes Vick could finish the 2013 season rated much higher than 25th.
Page 2 of 3 - David will stand firm on Michigan offer
Massillon kicker Andrew David was offered and verbally accepted Michigan head coach Brady Hoke’s 2015 scholarship offer in the same day two weeks ago.
Some media types and fans in Michigan have expressed a small concern about David being from Massillon because wide receiver Gareon Conley initially was offered and verbally accepted an offer from Hoke for the 2013 class, and Conley changed his mind to Ohio State by signing day.
There is absolutely no chance of that happening with David. He has been a huge Michigan fan since he was old enough to understand the game, and there is a good chance David will also play baseball for the Wolverines.
There is about a week left for interested schools to apply for membership to the Federal League (July 15 is the deadline), and two schools have already said no.
But one school has expressed an interest in applying. Barberton has sent an email to Federal League commissioner Joe Eaton expressing interest in applying, while — not surprising — Aurora and Twinsburg have both said no.
The school both the Federal League and Suburban League are waiting on is Green. That district recently hired a new superintendent, but it hired a familiar face. Jeffrey Miller II, who was a principal in the district, was hired to become superintendent.
Green is a charter member of the Suburban League and is trying to decide whether to leave the Suburban League for the Federal League. A key factor will be whether a new expansive Suburban League will entice Green to stay.
If Barberton is the only school to apply to the league, it would be a bit surprising if the league accepted it. It would also be a colossal slap in the face if the league does not intend to invite Massillon. Massillon and Barberton are very similar school districts. Together, it would be interesting to see a Federal League with both Barberton and Massillon.
Norton not going
Norton High School Principal Ryan Shanor clarified his school’s position on the Suburban League. Thanks, but no thanks is the answer. Norton is in the Portage Trail Conference and wants to remain there.
The confusion came when a member of the Suburban League reached out to see if there was interest. Shanor said Norton is not interested in leaving the Portage Trail Conference, and the school did not even attend a recent Suburban League meeting on expansion.
“Everything that’s going on reminds of what’s going on in college,” Shanor said. “There’s a lot of conference shake up and everyone is worried about taking one linchpin out, and what does that do for everybody.
“We have no interest in leaving.”
Page 3 of 3 - A few days after being drafted 10th overall in the NBA Draft by Portland, former GlenOak and Lehigh star C.J. McCollum was making his rounds on the national media circuit. He had a nice segment on the “Jim Rome Show,” and McCollum continued to represent himself, his hometown and his family very well.
Rome asked what if he hadn’t play well in the NCAA Tournament upset of Duke or if Lehigh would have lost that game, how would McCollum have been viewed as an NBA prospect then?
“That’s a great question,” McCollum said. “I think I would still be an NBA player, but the perception on the outside would be that ‘He’s not a big-gamer, he doesn’t rise to the occasion,’ and they would think I’m a different player just because I had an off night. The good thing about me is I live for those games. I like the bright lights. I live for the moment. I knew what was stake. I knew it was hit or miss for me.”
McCollum also praised his parents for his upbringing. He’s is very smooth and likable in his interviews. He is starting to be a go-to guy for media types even before his career starts.
“I had a great support system,” McCollum said. “My family did a terrific job raising me. I had a great role model in my brother, so they’re a credit to the type of man I am today. But I’ve developed into a more mature, well-rounded person by just going to Lehigh and kind of seeing the ins and outs of life. When you stay in college for four years and you’re a journalism major, you kind of learn a lot of things just by researching.”
Yeah, there’s a good chance McCollum is gonna be pretty good at this NBA thing.
The All-State Quarterback Camp with QB guru Terry Copacia will take place at North Canton Memorial Stadium Thursday and Friday from 9 am to 3 p.m. Cost of the two-day camp is $199 with early registration at www.quarterbackschool.com. For more information visit that website or call 248-709-1029. Walk-up registration will take place at Hoover at 8 am Thursday.
Reach Todd at 330-580-8340 or email@example.com
On Twitter: @tporterREP