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AFC NORTH
Text by Don Banks
February 11, 2013
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February 11, 2013

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PROBLEM STAT

21 Passes by Brandon Weeden that were batted down at the line of scrimmage, most in the NFL.

SOLUTION

Be patient. For the 6'3" Weeden—who isn't a lock to start for the Browns in 2013 after outpacing his 14 TDs with 17 INTs as a rookie—it's not so much poor mechanics as a lack of experience. Give him a chance in the West Coast offense of new coach Rob Chudzinski and coordinator Norv Turner. That scheme requires quick decision-making, meaning that Weeden will get rid of the ball before defenders get their arms up.

AND THEN?

Cut ties with WR Mohamed Massaquoi, who in three years hasn't surpassed his rookie totals.... Draft a couple of linemen who can create space for battered tailback Trent Richardson.... Toughen up the D—a huge task for new coordinator Ray Horton, who inherits a unit that had the second-lowest percentage of runs stopped for loss or no gain (15.6).

PROBLEM STAT

10.2% Combined plays on which pressure was achieved by OLBs James Harrison and Lamarr Woodley, down from 14.3% in 2011 and 15.8% in '10.

SOLUTION

Let Harrison, 34, go, and give Woodley, 28, one last chance. Backup Jason Worilds is ready to start, and BYU's Ezekiel Ansah (comparable to the Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul) might be available at No. 17.

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