Shurmur Says Loss Not All On Weeden; Pulling The Rookie Not A Option
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns coach Pat Shurmur refused to pin Sunday’s 38-21 loss to the Washington Redskins on 1 man.
They got outplayed as a team in every phase in the 38-21 loss to the Washington Redskins – simple as that.
“We lost the football game plain and simple,” Shurmur said. “There’s no big picture view of that other than we made too many mistakes.”
He also backed rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden, who struggled to find any rhythm offensively. Shurmur said pulling him never crossed his mind Sunday.
“I’m not saying you never go to your backup quarterback,” Shurmur said. “But I didn’t consider it yesterday.”
Weeden finished the day 21 of 35 for 244 yards and a touchdown but it was his 2 interceptions that cost the Browns 14 points. The Browns also turned the ball over on downs twice.
“We had two turnovers turned into 14 points and you can’t do that,” Shurmur said. “On the second [interception], he tried to put it over the linebacker and the ball didn’t go where he wanted.”
“I’m looking for a much better game against Denver.”
Weeden’s performance was especially disturbing considering the fact he was facing the 31st ranked pass defense in the league but ended the day with a 66.8 QB rating.
Despite compiling 3,281 passing yards this season – 7th most by a rookie in NFL history – Weeden has yet to impress with consistent play.
Shurmur doesn’t believe Weeden, who turned 29 in October, is too old to develop in the NFL.
“No, I don’t think that’s the case,” Shurmur said. “I’ve never thought about his age. I think of him as a rookie and he’ll be better his second year.”
The Redskins picked apart the Browns’ defense with rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins who found receivers regularly on bootlegs and roll outs. Shurmur dismissed the notion that they got beat essentially by Washington running the same play over and over.
“We were prepared for their style of offense, but they did a very good job,” Shurmur said. “It was not the same play every time.”
Cousins, a 4th round pick, outplayed Weeden, who was taken No. 22 overall by the Browns, by throwing for 329 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
It won;t get much easier for Weeden and the Browns over the final 2 weeks of the season which they wrap up at Denver and Pittsburgh.