Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden still has a Twitter account, but he wants those with opinions about his play or talent level to know he’s not reading his Twitter mentions.
“I remember everybody [on Twitter] that always talked crap, they never had a picture of themselves,” Weeden said, per the Dallas Morning News. “It was some cartoon or something, and it was always probably a 12 year old kid that damn sure never played quarterback, and damn sure never played quarterback in the NFL. I don’t need that kid telling me, ‘What the hell you thinking throwing to this guy?’ I don’t need that.
“I’m 32 years old. I don’t need a 12 year old telling me how to play quarterback.”
That insinuates that Weeden used to read his Twitter mentions. He said he now has someone who runs his account, @BWeeden3, and now that he’s starting again, he has a pretty good feel for what people are tweeting at him.
The Cowboys are 0-2 since Weeden took over for the injured Tony Romo, and he doesn’t need to hop on Twitter to know how Cowboys fans are feeling.
“I just don’t listen to it,” Weeden said. “It’s as simple as that. I made some mistakes the other night. Probably not the same mistakes that people thought I’d made. So my deal is there pressure that comes with this position? Shoot yeah. There’s probably not a more pressure packed position in all of sports [than Cowboys quarterback], maybe other than playing shortstop, backing up Derek Jeter when he was in New York.”
People are rude on Twitter. And mean, especially to public figures. And they’re not all 12, but Weeden speaks with perspective.
He said used to interact with people via Twitter when he was at Oklahoma State. Now, he’s lost 10 straight starts in the NFL and is not about to go there.
“You play quarterback in 32 towns [and] there is pressure that comes with it,” he said. “We knew that when we signed up for it. We are big boys.”
Truth be told, Weeden hit his Twitter peak on July 4, 2013, when he was still with the Browns. And even if he snaps his personal losing streak, he still probably won’t find much productive conversation in his Twitter mentions.