The Browns are starting Brandon Weeden against the Jaguars this week, which will give one the home crowd another chance to register their disapproval of the job Weeden has done since joining the team last year.
Weeden said the booing that accompanied his return to the field last weekend as a replacement for Jason Campbell bothers his teammates more than it bothers him. The same goes for other criticism for a quarterback who says he doesn’t listen to outside noise, which provides an (almost assuredly unintended) opening for jokes about hearing aids and his advanced age for a second-year player.
“It’s pretty simple for me,” Weeden said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I don’t listen to outside noise. [I’ve] gotten rid of Twitter and all that junk. I don’t need 5-year-old kids telling me how to play the quarterback position, so it’s made it really easy. It hasn’t been an issue. I’ve got great support in this locker room.”
Weeden said he didn’t think he learned anything while serving as Campbell’s backup, which means there won’t be any new tricks up his sleeve against Jacksonville this weekend as he tries to convince the Browns or another team that he can still be a starter in the NFL. It’s an uphill battle for Weeden to fight, even if he doesn’t hear anyone saying so.