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Under Pressure

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
So good
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
Pressure

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/b/billy_joel/#share


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