The big knock on Brandon Weeden coming out of college that we all heard from the talking heads was that he did not handle pressure well. We now have 2 weeks of data to analyze. I am a big fan of PFF so let's see what the data says about Weeden under pressure.
I probably don't have to tell you that week one he was abysmal, ranking 32nd among QB's in accuracy under pressure and 31st in completion % (Andy Dalton was 32nd). He was under pressure only 34.2% of dropbacks which was middle of the pack with the highest being J Freeman 53.6% and M Stafford 16.3% the least pressured QB. The stat line looks like this in 38 dropbacks he was under duress 13 times taking 2 sacks and throwing 11 passes with 2 completed 1 dropped and 2 INT's.
This week was a different story. I was a little surprised to find that Weeden was under pressure more week 2 than week 1. The Bengals applied pressure on 15 of 40 dropbacks or 37.5%. This was 23rd in terms of least pressure allowed but really in the middle again as 36% was the median. Least pressured again was Stafford at 14.7% and the most was Cutler at an astounding 60% (no surprise to anyone that watched the Packers-Bears game). The difference in week 2 was how Weeden handled the pressure his completion percentage was 58% and his accuracy was 80% (accuracy=completions+drops/attempts) compared to 18% and 33% in week one. This is good enough for the 13th best comp % under pressure in week 2 and tied for 7th in accuracy under pressure. Let's all hope the rest of the season more resembles his performance in the Bengals game. Because as Billy Joel says . . .
You've only had to run so far
But you will come to a place
Where the only thing you feel
Are loaded guns in your face
And you'll have to deal with
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