Weeden wants to stay in Cleveland
Despite being benched this week quarterback Brandon Weeden wants to stay with the Cleveland Browns. Weeden is hoping to still be with the team after next weeks trade deadline and even hopes to earn his starting job back. I’m pretty sure he won’t be traded, who’d give up anything for him? I’m also pretty sure the only way he gets his job back is because of injury.
“I hope I get another shot,” he said Friday. “I hope (it’s here). I’m champing at the bit. You never know. This league is crazy. Whether it’s this Sunday, four Sundays down the road or at the end of December, I’ll be ready.”
He stressed that he wants to remain in Cleveland, where he was drafted No. 22 overall, despite getting booed in each of his last two starts in FirstEnergy Stadium.
“Absolutely. I love it here,” Weeden said Friday. “I think this team is on the rise. We’re doing some good things and I’m excited about the group we have. I love this town.” (Mary Kay Cabot – Cleveland.com)
During the interview with Cleveland media Weeden was a complete stand up guy. He accepted full responsibility for his poor play which is rare today. Too many players today make excuses but Weeden said it was his fault, he didn’t play up to his capabilities.
“I’m not going to stand back and hide from you guys and hide and sulk and all that,” he said. “I’m going to confront the situation head on. That’s the professional way to do it. I like to think of myself as a pro. If I go and just hide and don’t want to talk to anybody, that’s not the right way to do it. I take full responsibility of my effort. Whether it’s good, bad, indifferent, I take full responsibility of how I play, and I’m not afraid to answer any tough questions.”
Weeden also took full responsibility for his 0-4 record, his 5-14 mark overall and his 66.5 rating this season, which is 30th in the NFL.
“I’m never going to be a guy that’s going to point the finger,” he said. “I had plenty of opportunities to make plays. There are some throws that I’d love to have back. Unfortunately you don’t get them back. Again, that falls on me. I’ll take 100% of the responsibility, and when I get an opportunity, I’m going to do what I can to fix those mistakes and all is good when you’re playing well, and all is bad when you’re playing bad. That’s just the way it is when you play this position.(Mary Kay Cabot – Cleveland.com)
Weeden is like every other player in the NFL in one way though. Brandon is confident in his ability to play in this league and get the job done.
“I feel like I have what it takes to play in this league and that’s not going to change,” he said. “There’s a lot of variables that go on in this league to play this position and you’ve got to get it done. When it’s all said and done, you’ve got to get it done and I’ll get another opportunity sometime. You’ve just got to be ready when that number’s called.”(Mary Kay Cabot – Cleveland.com)
Again, I doubt we’ll ever see Weeden as a starter in the NFL again. Only way it happens if someone gets hurt and a team has no choice. His experience should make him a valuable backup, there’s definitely worse options out there.