No matter who the quarterback has been for the Browns this season — Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer or Jason Campbell — the goal has remained the same, and that's to get the ball deep to Josh Gordon. And that's what the Browns' quarterbacks have done ever since Gordon was a second-round supplemental pick last year. All nine of Gordon's touchdowns in two seasons have gone for over 20 yards, including four this year. His 17.2 yards per catch over the past two years is tops in the league and his 18.8 yards per receptions is second best this year. Those numbers concern Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, whose team has allowed its share of big plays this year. “That is a down-the-field position,” Tomlin said. “He fits the bill. He makes consistent plays down the field.” Gordon has 40 receptions for 751 yards in only eight games (he was suspended two games to start the season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy) and has receptions of more than 30 yards in six games. One of the plays the Browns like to use to get Gordon down the field is gun twins left strong right Z wheel. It's a play designed to get Gordon single coverage deep down the field. The Browns line up in the shotgun with twins left — Greg Little split out wide and Gordon in the slot. Running back Fozzy Whittaker is alongside quarterback Jason Campbell in the backfield to the weak side with tight end Jordan Cameron at the end of the line and Davone Bess split out wide right.
Browns aim to get WR Gordon downfield in man coverage
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Nov 24