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Brandon Weeden bouncing back from ugly debut

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Granted, it wasn’t the best debut.

But Browns fans may be overreacting just a tad to Brandon Weeden’s first preseason game, a 3-of-9 for 62 yards clunker which featured an interception, a fumble and no points.

Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com suggests that Browns fans have been beaten into this feeling by years of losing, but thinks Weeden has the kind of mentality to push through the need for instant gratification.

The former professional baseball player knows about the danger of small sample size, from the cumulative quality of his former job.

“Numbers, . . . numbers are deceiving,” he said. “You know, when you’re only throwing nine times, it doesn’t look too good when you’re [completing] 33 percent. That’s the only negative when you’re only playing 15 plays.

“You don’t have the chance to come in and redeem yourself and do something better the next time out. Numbers are skewed sometimes.”

Browns coach Pat Shurmur apparently didn’t appreciate the implication when asked how Weeden’s demeanor was, “bouncing back from a less-than-great first game?”

“I don’t know. You guys are painting his performance as less than whatever, number one,” Shurmur said. “Number two, I think he’s a very resilient guy. So when he has a bad play or two, or a bad series or two, I see him bounce back extremely well.”

Grossi’s point is a salient one: Weeden’s bad numbers might be just as deceiving as Colt McCoy’s 101.7 rating last preseason.

We won’t know that now, however, and not for months.

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20 Responses to “Brandon Weeden bouncing back from ugly debut”
  1. savocabol1 says: Aug 15, 2012 9:12 AM

    I guess you miss this by not being in the actual city but Browns fans are not discouraged by Weeden after his first game. The media might be but not the fans.

    We all know that he is a rookie and only got a few snaps in his first preseason game. We all know he is our QB and are not hollering for McCoy or Wallace to get in there. Regardless of what Tony Grossi may say.

  2. sj39 says: Aug 15, 2012 9:13 AM

    Not a Browns fan but don’t get too excited about pre-season. Up untill this past Sunday the Rams had won 7 pre-season games in a row. What did that get them?

  3. floriosfuglykid says: Aug 15, 2012 9:14 AM

    On the plus side … he’s 28 so they won’t have to wait for him to reach his potential.

  4. tombrookshire says: Aug 15, 2012 9:14 AM

    Gotta be kidding me. If this guy was my starting QB week one, with a new owner watching everything I did, I would already have my bags packed. You can’t give a rookie QB that you are projected as your Week One starter a few first team snaps. He has to get in there and play to get his head on straight. You guys may win a couple games by accident this season. Housecleaning in Dec.

  5. ballboy48 says: Aug 15, 2012 9:20 AM

    Weeden didn’t look as bad as his numbers. He put the ball on the money for a 34 yard completion, and the 12 yard pass to Massaquoi. He did fumble on the lions 23 yard line, but his interception was in little’s hands and ripped out by the defender. It’s preseason.

  6. cclautti says: Aug 15, 2012 9:21 AM

    i think people are way overreacting. i’m still not convinced that “fumble” was a fumble, these refs are awful, and that call was questionable. the interception wasnt his fault, bad route by wr, and the incompletion to gordon was also a bad route, his completions to massaqoi and benjamin were perfectly thrown balls, we will see how he plays this week with at least a whole half of football to try and get into a rhythm.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Aug 15, 2012 9:28 AM

    He finally realized that he didn’t have any teammates there. Cleveland is a one man team. Just ask Colt. He couldn’t do it by himself and neither will Weedon.

  8. ezg1 says: Aug 15, 2012 9:30 AM

    Cleveland, “Factory of Sadness”, “Mistake By The Lake”, So, So Sad!

  9. hulkhogansays says: Aug 15, 2012 9:31 AM

    Bad news Brown fans. That’s your future. 30 years old, pick machine who’s skills will begin to evaporable REALLY soon. Horrible draft plan to not give STL whatever they wanted for aa 22 year old legend in the making named RGIII. The Factory of sadness for life brother.

  10. blacknole08 says: Aug 15, 2012 9:34 AM

    Colt looked better in the first game. It might have been a bit premature to name Weeden the starter out the gate. Luckily that’s why there are pre-season games to settle position battles like this.

  11. ryanpbrown1984 says: Aug 15, 2012 9:39 AM

    I really don’t understand why everyone is stating he did so bad? I feel as if I was the only person watching the game. He was pretty much spot on with all of his throws. It was Gordons lazy route running that made him look bad. and the fumble…. pretty sure if the real refs were there, it wouldn’t have been a fumble…

  12. t8ertot says: Aug 15, 2012 9:48 AM

    Will he use this excuse when he chokes in the regular season?

  13. ballboy48 says: Aug 15, 2012 9:48 AM

    Didn’t Manning only have 30 yards and an INT? It’s preseason. People!

  14. doowix says: Aug 15, 2012 10:01 AM

    It was his first NFL experience. The Lions defense is a bit better than what he used to see in the Big 12.

  15. roofbeam says: Aug 15, 2012 10:30 AM

    Stafford was 4/7 for 51 yards and an interception in this game.

  16. supermadelf says: Aug 15, 2012 11:10 AM

    First of all, there is no IF, It WAS an incomplete pass. Secondly, bad route running on both picked/almost picked. Magic Number, none of this makes me feel any better about the receiving corp. That’s the legitimate worry. Still, preseason, so Lighten Up, Francis.

  17. bigdawgy54 says: Aug 15, 2012 11:37 AM

    I’m truly amazed with the “over the top” reaction with regards to Weeden’s play. It was his very first time on the field. He only got 15 reps.
    Jeez people! Give the poor guy a chance. I didn’t think he played as bad as the numbers portray. I saw some good positives.
    He’s learning the system. he’s learning the NFL. he’s learning where is receivers are going to be.
    Let’s be a bit more patient and support the guy in Cleveland.

  18. Kaz says: Aug 15, 2012 12:30 PM

    The true issue is how good Luck, RG3, and Tanny looked in comparison. You can’t look at Weeden and feel the same excitement as they brought their fans.

    Yes he’s a rookie and he looked like one. But if you watched the other three (four/five if you count eagles and seattle rookie qb’s) you can’t help to wish if you are a Browns fan, that Weeden looked just as or equally as good.

  19. mrfrostyj says: Aug 16, 2012 2:43 AM

    Kaz says:

    The true issue is how good Luck, RG3, and Tanny looked in comparison. You can’t look at Weeden and feel the same excitement as they brought their fans.

    Yes he’s a rookie and he looked like one. But if you watched the other three (four/five if you count eagles and seattle rookie qb’s) you can’t help to wish if you are a Browns fan, that Weeden looked just as or equally as good.

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    Only if those fans know absolutely nothing about football as they aren’t comparable considering….

    – Tannehill (and Russell Wilson since you brought him up) played against backups. Browns backup QB Colt Mcoy’s numbers were better than both playing against backup talent so Browns fans have nothing to feel bad about there.

    – Lucks #s were inflated because his first 63 yard touchdown came off a short dump pass to his running back. More credit should be given to his running backs legs and the Rams lack of D then to Lucks skill.

    – Weeden had the longest successful completion out of all the rookie first rounders which is what the Browns wanted out of him because the main complaint was that McCoy couldn’t throw downfield (though he seemed to have no problem doing it in that game).

    The only thing Browns fans have to truly worry about is if McCoy was given up on too soon. They might have a Rivers/Brees issue on their hands like San Diego had if anything.

  20. bigdawgy54 says: Aug 16, 2012 6:02 PM

    mrfrosty….That’s a real good breakdown. Well done.
    I will say that I don’t think Colt will ever become a Drew Brees. He still holds onto the football and has a weaker arm…..in my opinion.

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