Brandon Weeden hears the boos and responds

WeedenGive Brandon Weeden credit. He heard the fans booing on Thursday night and responded with enough plays to earn the win.

Give him credit for saying the right things as well.

When asked about being booed in Thursday’s game, Weeden said he understood why the fans booed.

“Obviously I heard them (the boos) but I personally think we have the best fans in the National Football League.” Weeden said. “These are some of the smartest football fans in the league. I get it, they get it. Obviously you don’t want to hear those, but I think if you can make a couple of throws, put a couple of drives together hopefully you can turn those into cheers.” Weeden concluded with this, “That’s why I love playing in Cleveland. The people here, the fans here have been nothing short of extraordinary.”

If there is one thing that will help Weeden be more successful, and help get the fans on his side, it is making good quick decisions with the football. Both Weeden and coach Rob Chudzinski addressed that on Wednesday.

For Weeden, a lot goes into getting the ball out quicker. “There’s a million different ways (of getting the ball out quicker) whether it’s the design of the play, getting off your first progression faster, presnap reads maybe eliminating half the field, seeing pressure and finding your back. There’s a lot of ways to go about it, just depends on the play.”

If the Browns are going to be successful on Sunday against the Lions, Weeden will have to find ways to get the ball out of his hand quickly. Although statistically the Lions rank as one of the worst pass rush units with just 10 sacks on the season, the defensive line is capable of dominating a game. Defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are a load and first round pick Ezekiel Ansah is exceeding expectations with 3.5 sacks already on the season.

The Browns will have to be solid up front to give Weeden time to throw. Much of that responsibility as Weeden mentioned Wednesday will fall on Shaun Lauvao and Alex Mack, who will be the primary blockers on Suh. The Browns have allowed the second most sacks allowed with 22. Only the Miami Dolphins have allowed more with 24.

(Photo: Candice Vlcek for WFNY)

  • Harv 21

    What perfect quotes about the fans, considering the booing was merciless and returned every incompletion, even those not his fault. Weeden might be as stupid as Derek Anderson on the field, but at least he knows what to say to the press.

    Detroit’s d-line is such a bad match-up for Weeden’s plodding decisions. And if he’s still this slow after working all off-season to speed it up just don’t see how it will magically happen this game. The one thing going for us: Norv has had 3 extra days to conjure up some smoke and mirrors. Like Mangini after a bye-week, the Browns might throw some different, weird stuff out there to give Suh and Fairley pause. You never know.

  • Natedawg86

    Not Boooo…Boooo-randon.

  • whosevelt

    Definitely a classy response. He’s not DA in every respect.

  • Hans Moleman

    I was saying Boooo-randon.

  • dwhit110


  • @TheDeePagel

    Agreed with everyone else here, great quotes.

    I think Weeden needs to work on mixing his snap count up also. The Bills jumped it a few times and ended up destroying McGahee on Thursday. It’s been an ongoing issue for Weeden dating back to last year. He will get himself, or another player hurt if Suh and Fairley start timing him on Sunday.

  • Wow

    Those fans were so classless last week.

  • NeedsFoodBadly


    I also haven’t noticed him call many audibles (am I wrong about that? I could be). I know Shurmur didn’t like his QBs to audible, but maybe Weeden has a problem reading Ds.

  • @TheDeePagel

    I sure see the same thiing. I’ve commented a few times on Hoyer’s ability to make pre snap adjustments, and I agree, watching from my couch I don’t see many changes from Weeden either….for whatever that’s worth. It is great news though that all the talk offensively this week is about getting Weeden to make quick decisions…..maybe we will see a different guy after he had a chance to watch how it can be from the sidelines.



  • Vindictive_Pat

    Not to be a stick in the mud, but Weeden actually did do a better job of this against the Bills. I can recall at least twice where he got Kyle Williams to jump offside because he changed up his count.

  • @TheDeePagel

    That’s fantastic…..I’m trying to remember that but I don’t….but that is great. I’ll take any improvement in that area. I just want him to do well so badly….and I have seen too many negatives from him that it makes me pessimistic. But I will be first in line to get behind him if he can fix these things.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Yeah, same here. I’m still not convinced that he will ever be able to solve enough of the problems he has to be a successful quarterback in the NFL. I’m looking for big steps and it feels like we’re getting baby steps instead. Nothing we can do but be patient though and re-evaluate at the end of the season… hopefully he’ll be getting the ball out quicker by that point too.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    Which ones exactly are you referring to? Because I was pretty upset at him coming into the game and completely botching his first two throws.

    You have a right to protest bad football. Especially if you payed money to go to the stadium (plus having to deal with gas to/from the stadium, parking fees, food costs, drink costs, etc..)

  • Wow

    The ones that booed before he threw a single pass.

  • Old Goat

    He needs to be sent down the road. He will bring gloom and dark days to the Browns. He has this uncanny ability to turn cheers to tears. He is not NFL caliber and I don’t care what he says or what BS Chud spews out, he is unfit to be a member of the same team of Frank Ryan, Bill Nelson, Jimmy Brown, Leroy Kelly, Milt Morin, Paul Warfield, Brian Sipe, and Bernie Kosar.

  • Old Goat

    Do you mean the ones that hate Weedhead and realize that he will bring gloom and doom back to the Browns.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    They’re upset…he hasn’t shown to be a capable NFL starter…and we just lost Hoyer. I’m not saying I was booing him (though I don’t really boo since I only ever watch from home)…but I can understand them doing it. They’re already upset at losing the guy who just led us to two straight victories…and now we bring in the last guy who just lost two straight.

  • asdodge

    Which incompletions were not his fault? How many times does he have to throw late, wide, behind, and high to his receivers. Even when he completes a pass it is rarely in stride. Even his 2 big throws to Little and Gordon were poor throws bailed out by great plays. Now, after his disastrous 2nd half yesterday against Detroit and pathetic sacks and stupid INT toss… he will hear more boos. He would not hear any boos if he would do the honorable thing and quit.