Reporting Daryl Ruiter
DETROIT (92.3 The Fan) - Hold off on the bust in Canton for Brandon Weeden – for now.
Weeden did not have a spectacular debut under center for the Browns as 2 of his 3 series in the first quarter ended in a turnover.
Weeden finished the night 3-of-9 for 62 yards, 1 fumble and 1 interception with a quarterback rating of 19.0.
“The numbers aren’t perfect but I really didn’t expect them to be,” Weeden said. “There’s going to be some mistakes here and there but it’s just how can we fix those mistakes. We’ll watch the tape and learn. That’s why we play these games.
“Overall, I’m upbeat about it.”
The 2 lone bright spots of Weeden’s evening came on his opening series.
Weeden completed his first throw to Mohamed Massaquoi for 12 yards and a first down. He then hit Travis Benjamin for 34-yards up the sideline on the first offensive series.
That was it.
Massaquoi left the game with a head injury after the catch and Weeden and the first team offense fell apart.
The wheels came off on the opening drive when when rookie right tackle Mitchell Schwartz was whistled for a false start forcing a 3rd and 15. Then he was beat by Willie Young who hit Weeden, forced a fumble and then recovered it.
“It was my fault,” Schwartz said. “The guy went inside and I didn’t get him quick enough to take him off.
“Game speed in the NFL is obviously faster than college. As much as you try to simulate it in practice you don’t quite get the full effect of it.”
Weeden threw his first interception when he was looking for Greg Little. Bill Bentley picked off the pass as Weeden either threw outside or missed because Little didn’t run the right route.
Shurmur was not happy about it.
“The ball was probably a touch low, but we’ve got to make those throws and catches in tight coverage,” Shurmur said. “I was [ticked] at both [Weeden and Little].”
Despite the miscommunication, Weeden understands it’s part of the growing pains of the NFL.
“We talked about it” Weeden said. “He came in and I thought he was going to keep working back out. We’ll get it fixed. He’s great at that route and we’re good with that combination just a little grey and just weren’t on the same page.”
Bentley picked off Weeden twice in college when Oklahoma State played Louisiana-Lafayette.
All in all chalk it up to a learning experience.