Just because Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden threw four interceptions in his NFL debut, that doesn’t mean the Cleveland coaches want him to be more careful with the ball.
In fact, Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress says that the message to Weeden this week is that he’s got to fire away.
“You prop him back up and get him back on the horse,” Childress said, via the team’s website. “I’d worry about him if he didn’t keep shooting. You’ve got to keep shooting. You’re trying to give him throws that he’s comfortable with, which we had our chances. We had some swings at them; we just didn’t execute quite the way we needed to execute.”
Childress said rookie quarterbacks are bound to make mistakes, noting that Weeden only threw one more interception than Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on Sunday.
“The first pick in the draft threw three,” Childress said.
Childress says reining Weeden in after one game would be an overreaction, and Weeden will evolve as a player as his rookie season progresses. Considering how he looked in Week One, it’s hard to imagine Weeden getting any worse.