Weeden, Browns trying to maintain positive locker room despite outside negativity

Browns fans don’t generally want to be negative. They’ve rarely been given opportunity to be positive so far this season, though. Brandon Weeden knows that the record isn’t good enough, but he and the rest of the Browns players seem intent on maintaining a good attitude just the same.

… There’s so much negative vibe outside this locker room. It’s everywhere. In this locker room, my goal and I think the rest of the guys’ goal is to keep the positive vibe in here. It’s good right now. Yeah, we’re all frustrated, we all want to be 3-0, but any time you let all the outside frustrations come into this locker room, it starts breaking guys apart. That’s a recipe for disaster.

It’s good to hear, actually. While you don’t want the guys to be satisfied or cocky in the face of failing to win games to start the year, it’s simultaneously hard to figure it would create an environment conducive to getting off the losing streak if they were getting down inside the locker room.

“Fake it ’til you make it,” and the rest. Just as long as we’re not talking about on-field celebrations involving world-champion sprinters, I’m good. There’s that outside negativity creeping up again.

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  • Dee P

    Love this kid.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I’m notoriously optimistic about Cleveland teams, so I definitely fit the mold Craig is talking about. So obviously I really like Weeden. He’s got the attitude and physical tools you like in a starting quarterback. Sure, I’d love for him to be 5 years younger so we can potentially keep him around longer, but I’ll take what I can get.

  • mgbode

    The pervasiveness of negativity in Cleveland about sports is crazy. It is the single biggest thing that I notice on my return trips to the area. And, strangely, it is like a warm familiar blanket of comfort to be back around it 🙂

  • Sam B

    I am glad to hear this. I think fan negativity seeping into the players is part of what sapped all energy out of the tribe this year.

  • Henry Brown

    Wish you could convince the fans of this, most of them seem to think the endless negativity exists in the bubble of their own minds.

  • MrCleaveland

    Negative vibe? Wow, I can’t imagine why.

    Cereally, I believe Denny has a term for Weeden. I believe the term is “goober.”

    The more this hick talks, the dumber he sounds.

    Looking forward to another “solid” loss Thursday night.

  • “Browns fans don’t generally want to be negative.” Being negative isn’t something you’re forced to do. You can always choose to be positive. Sometimes it’s overwhelmingly easy to turn to negativity, but Browns fans (maybe it’s just sports fans in particular) are quick to see the worst.

  • JK

    Is it crazy? Or have we been driven to it?

  • Vindictive_Pat

    The futility of our teams is pretty astonishing. I can’t really blame our fan base for feeling like the sky is always falling… because it’s almost always been falling.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Really? I think he’s pretty well-spoken. That “solid” comment has been the first dumb one I can remember, which isn’t bad for someone who isn’t versed in talking to the media quite yet. He mostly says the right things.

  • mgbode

    hey, remember 2007? 🙂

    was it really just 5 years ago that we had a 10win NFL team, a 1 win away from WS MLB team, and an Eastern Conference Championship NBA team?

    now it’s a bottom rung NFL team, a few losses outside of worst MLB team, and a young NBA team whose 2 best players have spent almost as much time injured as they did healthy the past 2 seasons.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    It seems like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it? Having gone through so many years of awfulness has definitely made me appreciate our teams that have been merely competitive.

  • JK

    I remember thinking, and actually verbalizing to friends.. That it’s finally a good time to be a Cleveland fan…. That was fun.

  • mgbode

    yeah. the ONLY other year that I felt that way was in 1994-1995. Indians were finally a real team, Cavs were ending the Price/Daugherty/Nance era, and the Browns had this surly guy Belichick that SI liked enough to crown us as preseason SB favorites (and we still had Kosar!).

    amazing how poorly both of those scenarios ended from all counts. ok, can we say we have been driven to it but are crazy (since we still care at this point)?

  • mgbode

    i remember a Spurs fan trash-talking to me half in Spanish at game2 like it was yesterday. but, “yesterday” in that fuzzy flashback kind of way 🙂