Brandon Weeden: I put too much pressure on myself in Cleveland

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Brandon Weeden was a first-round pick in 2012 and spent much of the last two years as the starting quarterback in Cleveland, a run that ended with his release this offseason and eventual signing with the Cowboys.

Weeden doesn’t have a shot at the starting job in Dallas and may not even see the field if all goes well for Tony Romo, but he didn’t sound all that unhappy about the change in fortunes during an interview with Alex Marvez and Zig Fracassi on Sirius XM NFL Radio. Weeden said he’s looking forward to learning from Romo and Kyle Orton after not getting much veteran tutelage in Cleveland.

He also said he’s looking forward to playing in a more stable environment in Dallas, which is not always the description of life in Jerry Jones’ world but Weeden saw three front office and coaching regimes in less than three years with the Browns. Weeden said that all the change caused him to put too much pressure on himself and hurt him on the field.

“It wasn’t an ideal situation. The regime that drafted me was out a year after I got there. You never know the plans the group coming in has,” Weeden said. “I think, as a player, as much as you try not to do too much, try not to put too much pressure on yourself to perform and show you can be the guy for the long haul, sometimes you get caught up in it. You try to do much as a player. That’s one thing if I could change about myself, I wouldn’t try to do too much every Sunday. Just let the game kinda come to you and be more patient.”

When and if Weeden will get an opportunity to try a different approach as a starting quarterback are unknown at this point. Should it come, we’ll find out if the dysfunction in Cleveland put Weeden in a bad spot or if the dysfunction was the reason why he was in that position in the first place.

30 responses to “Brandon Weeden: I put too much pressure on myself in Cleveland

  1. Weeden had to put pressure on himself… since… terrible Cleveland wide receivers Greg Little, Davone Bess, and Fozzy Whittaker weren’t up for the challenge.

  2. That’s how a lot of QBs make mistakes, is getting complacent and patient and waiting for the game to come to them rather than to lead and take charge and stay one step ahead of the game. Either you control and dictate how the game plays out, or somebody else on the other team will do it and while making you look bad in the process. You want to get a QB that wants to have the ball, that has to have the ball in his hands to make the plays. Weeden sounds like he would rather first try handing the ball off and seeing if the RBs can dominate then he doesn’t have to worry about a thing. He wants to be a game manager, but not so much a quarterback. Well at least he’s settled in on identifying a role.

  3. Well when your drafted in your later 20’s and you have about half as long to play and mature in the NFL as other players.

    You’re going to feel pressure, and urgency.

  4. Weeden’s problems weren’t in the front office or on the sidelines. They were between his ears. He’ll do much better in a situation where he doesn’t need to actually preform.

  5. Nobody could succeed in that environment.


    Hoyer did just fine before getting hurt. Had too many INTs but it was the most we looked like a pro offense since the Derek Anderson year.

    Weeden was a mental mess when it came to defensive pressure in his face. It was almost laughable at the end for him. I wonder if there is a compilation video of his now infamous “flip” passes out there somewhere.

    Thanks for nothing, Holmgren.

  6. Wow. That is NOT the kind of thing I want an NFL players to say, least of all a Quarterback.

    Even worse, this guy is going to be 31 in October — a time when legit NFL field generals have been in their prime for a half decade or more.

    Compounding matters even more — is one of the most frustrating elements of Cowboy Nation has been the reality that their QB has wilted under pressure at key times.

    Now, they bring in a guy who’s played terribly – plus admits his performance failures were a direct result of his inability to handle the pressure.


    The Jerry Jones list of head-scratchers continues to grow with no end in sight.

  7. Fear not Brandon, many, many other bright prospects went to Cleveland to die. Its a franchise that saps the life out of elite talents on its way to 4-12

  8. If Weeden feels bad, think of how Colt McCoy felt!

    McCoy should’ve been the perfect QB for the WC Offense. Hiring Shurmur, the “WC genius,” should’ve been a match made in heaven. What happened?

    Shurmur didn’t want to deal with “Mangini’s boy.” Shurmur comes in believing that HE is Mike Holmgren (God of all things WC) and didn’t even need an OC. Meanwhile, Colt is stuck eating turf and running for his life behind an O-line that had been neglected since the drafting of Joe Thomas.

    Weeden is probably an adequate QB, in the right setting….but, he was not a WC QB! The Browns simply wasted a 1st round pick on trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, in addition to being a baseball player first. What in the Hell was going through Holmgren’s mind? Heckert shouldn’t have been “plowed” that early in the draft. So, what was the thinking?

    (With a first round pick, you’re going to waste on an old guy that everone said 3rd round as a project, a QB who played baseball as his first pick (Weinke), and a QB who was NOT a WC QB……yah, that’s our guy! Let’s do things the hard way.) The Seattle fans warned us about him.

    Then Weeden comes in with the pressure of being a first round, “franchise QB.” Meanwhile, Colt, who should’ve been the franchise WC QB, was trying to hold down the fort and mentor him.

    Then, Shurmur didn’t want anything to do with McCoy because he saw Colt as “Mangini’s boy.” Never mind the fact that Colt McCoy was the better fit in what Holmgren had envisioned. Shurmur’s smug “I know it all” attitude not only ruined McCoy’s career but maybe, even Weeden’s.

    Frazier did make some improvement with We-done but, it was too little, too late. Those bastards; Holmgren, Heckert, and Shurmur should be banned from football and made to provide for McCoy & Weeden well being, in the style they’re accustomed to.

  9. He always threw others under the bus. He had to come up with an excuse some team would buy in order to get a new contract.

  10. It’s probably pretty safe to say that Brandon Weeden will not be a starting QB in the NFL again. That flare looks to have been fired. For Dallas, he was a guy with some experience, that they signed cheap, to have on hand for an emergency, like both Romo and Orton unable to play for whatever reason.
    Realistically, Weeden is likely one of the very best #3 QB’s in the NFL now.

  11. The report comment should be spaced out aha, i sometimes click that when thumbs upping a comment. Anyhow, ohh Brandon Weeden, yep holding the ball for eternity had nothing to do with it right…

  12. His last coach put word out that he wasn’t their guy. It’s tough to be in that situation when you might not have a lot of confidence to begin with.

  13. Sometimes we are too quick to label QBs as busts when in reality there has to be the right talent around them combined with the right coaching and the right attitude. Do you think Flacco would make Cleveland a Super Bowl champion? Maybe…but probably not.

  14. I don’t know, I thought Weeden did a good job of “letting the game come to him.” In fact, he held the ball so long on so many plays, they game got to him quite often.

  15. The good news is now you get the added pressure Brandon from Jerry Jones IF you get a chance to play at all.

    They aren’t even in camp yet and Weeden has probably started staring down the receivers already.

  16. Headline should read…..” I held the ball for almost 6 seconds after every snap before i felt pressure on myself from every defense we played”

  17. Watch out NFC East! Old Man Weeden and Butt Fumbler Sanchez are in the division. For some reason I don’t think anyone’s trembling. Call it job security for Romo and Foles.

  18. We were told all last summer that Weeden was working on his footwork, working on his release, working on check downs and not zeroing in on his primary from the huddle. Then the first game started and by the 4th quarter, it appeared he was exactly the same guy we’d seen the year before, tentative, inflexible and waiting for a receiver to ‘get open’. nfl receivers rarely “get open” and the Cleveland receiving crew less so. This resulted in Weeds holding the ball too long or getting into a mad scramble, which was unfamiliar ground for this college QB.

    When Weeden went down and they started Hoyer instead of Campbell, you saw the difference immediately. Hoyer had a quick release and didn’t waste all that time waiting for a miracle. Same line, same receivers, but it was day and night for comparative purposes. I also noted in preseason, and I can’t tell you when I’ve seen this before (ever) – Hoyer might have been the only 3rd string QB in the nfl to get 300 yards in a preseason game. Has anyone else got an example like that?

    Not Weeden’s fault really – bad management, bad decisions – or no decisions. At this point it doesn’t matter.

  19. He had Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron to throw to. You would THINK he could be modestly successful tossing the pigskin to possibly the best WR in football, and one of the top Tight Ends in Cameron. But, alas, Weeden always waited until the situation was “perfect” b-4 he got rid of the ball. That’s why he was a mess: he didn’t know what he was looking at downfield until it was too late.

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