Maybe next week they’ll just draw them up in the dirt.
Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden explained some high throws against the Cowboys last week by saying certain routes his receivers ran in Dallas weren’t practiced during the week.
“There’s a couple of routes we ran on Sunday for the first time all week and that’s not fair to me, it’s not fair to the receivers, it’s not fair to any of us, because when you’re getting thrown in the fire and the bullets are flying . . .” Weeden told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Weeden kept talking, saying his elbow was low on some throws. And coach Pat Shurmur disagreed, saying practice wasn’t the problem.
“I disagree with some of that because I do think that we make an effort of the ones we’re going to call we practice,” Shurmur said. “A lot of the plays that we practice, we’ve been running all year and you run them in training camp. It’s nearly impossible with the amount of time and then the length of the season to practice every single thing multiple times. You see it going on behind me [after practice] right now.
“They spend extra time working on the individual routes. That’s what you’ve got to do.”
Weeden admitted it would be impossible to run every route for every player in practice, as you’d like to have some degree of legs left for game day.
“We can’t be out there for three hours and we can’t go out and run every single route and make every throw,” he said. “It’s tough. That’s why I like to do it after practice, walk through them or whatever. And you look at guys like Peyton Manning, that’s what he does. Those guys are on point because he takes a lot of pride in being on time with all of his guys.”
Honestly, this sounds like a problem bigger than practice reps, as if there’s a communication problem between players and coaches and players themselves.