Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Browns fans aren’t the only ones lamenting what could’ve been following Sunday’s 25-15 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden was visibly frustrated as he spoke to reporters Tuesday about his performance.
“I think I’m frustrated because I knew what kind of questions I was going to get,” Weeden said. “I came in prepared, but no, I’m frustrated. We’ve won two games and we’ve been in games where we’ve had a chance to win and we’ve come up short too many times. I think as a quarterback that’s frustrating.”
Weeden completed 30 of 37 passes for 176 yards and 2 interceptions in the loss. He’s now thrown 9 touchdowns against 12 interceptions in 9 games this season.
“I feel like I need to do more to help this team win and 12 quarterbacks lost [Sunday] and they’re all probably saying the same thing,” Weeden said. “At this position when things are going great you’re getting too much praise, when things are going bad you’re getting too much negativity. On the flip side, if we’re able to do the things we’re able to do to get our team in position to win games that’s all we care about.
“In the long run it’s about winning games and I feel like we’ve been in games where we’ve had a chance to win a couple and we’ve come up short.”
Even more frustrating is that the Browns made 5 trips into the red zone and came away with 0 touchdowns against the Ravens.
“I didn’t really do my part throughout the entire game for 4 quarters help this team get in the end zone,” Weeden said. “There are a lot of different things. I think you have to take pride in scoring touchdowns. We talk about 3 points sometimes isn’t bad, but you have to score touchdowns. Just making the things that are routine, doing them 100% all the time, being 100% on the things that are routine and that’s where the great quarterbacks become great. That’s why they’re so great, they do the things consistently all the time.”
Weeden takes a 55.1 percent completion percentage and a 67.9 rating – 2nd worst in the league – into the bye week.
“This bye week if perfect,” Weeden said. “I’ll go back and look through those games and see where we came up short and hopefully we can fix it. We have a lot of season left.”
Voted Worst In NFL: 103 players from 27 different teams were polled by Sporting News on a variety of topics – including the worst organization in the NFL.
The winner – the Cleveland Browns with 20 votes beating out the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders who received 19 votes each.
Cleveland native and current Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts offered some pretty accurate commentary about the environment in Cleveland and with the Browns.
“They don’t give anybody a chance,” Shorts told the publication. “When I was growing up, they were getting rid of quarterbacks every two years. Coaches, too. You can’t do that. Most of the time when I was growing up, after the Browns came back in 1999, they were a sorry team. Under old management, they never gave those guys a chance. They let the fans dictate too much what was going on. I don’t know how it is now since I became a Jaguar (in 2011), but when I followed them, one bad game and they’d want to bench the quarterback. Cleveland is my city and my heart. It has the most loyal fans and a very rich history. I hope they can get back to winning.”
The Browns are 2-7 and once again primed for another top-5 draft pick finish.
Day Off For The Phils: Defensive tackle Phil Taylor and kicker Phil Dawson were not on the practice field during the portion open to the media Tuesday morning.
After practice Shurmur said that he excused both of them and they are fine.
Taylor made his season debut while Dawson accounted for all 15 points with 5 field goals made Sunday against Baltimore.
Still Out: Cornerback Dimitri Patterson and defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin remain out and did not practice.
Patterson has missed the last 4 games after spraining his left ankle during a week 5 loss to the N.Y. Giants while Rubin has missed 3 of the last 4 games with a calf injury.
Injury Report: With the team in a bye week there is no official report.