Brandon Weeden: Browns need to practice all routes
- By Kareem Copeland
- Around the League Writer
- Published: Nov. 24, 2012 at 09:57 a.m.
- Updated: Nov. 24, 2012 at 06:53 p.m.
We talking about practice. Not a game. Practice.
Well, we're actually are talking about a game, too. Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden was high on some throws in overtime against the Dallas Cowboys last week in a 23-20 loss. Weeden was frustrated the Browns hadn't practiced some of the routes that were called.
"There's a couple of routes we ran on Sunday for the first time all week and that's not fair to me, it's not fair to the receivers, it's not fair to any of us," Weeden told The Plain Dealer on Friday.
Browns coach Pat Shurmur didn't think that was a fair assessment.
"I disagree with some of that because I do think that we make an effort of the ones we're going to call we practice," Shurmur said. "A lot of the plays that we practice, we've been running all year and you run them in training camp. It's nearly impossible with the amount of time and the length of the season to practice every single thing multiple times.
"You see it going on behind me (after practice) right now. They spend extra time working on the individual routes. That's what you've got to do."
An overtime loss will make these issues a topic of conversation, but it's not like Weeden has been accurate all year and then something changed. His 55.3 completion percentage ranks No. 32 in the NFL amongst starting quarterbacks.
Receiver Mohamed Massaquoi wasn't buying the practice thing either.
"Sometimes you may not be sure if you're going to run a play in a game and then you see a look presents itself, and you didn't really put emphasis on it in practice but it's available for the game, so you run it," Massaquoi said.
Weeden is trying to prove over the final stretch that he is the quarterback of the future in Cleveland. Not sure if blaming the way the coach structures practice will help that cause.