Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden trying to stay away of fan criticism
The Browns will face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at their own turf and Weeden will be playing it. Jason Campbell sustained a concussion during the 27-11 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers. As the concussion still having its effects, there were rumours that he would be ruled out for the game. Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski confirmed the news later on Wednesday.
But Chudzinski didn’t say that it was definite as there were chances he migh just come back on the field. He did add that his chances of making it to the game were slim, but hopes were up. He has not been shifted to the injured reserve yet, meaning there are chances.
Alex Tanney was signed in from the Cowboys practice squad by the Browns to function as a backup for Weeden. He was present during practice and said he would be ready to back up Weeden.
Weeden will have a tough time on the field and he definitely knows whats coming from the fans.
When Campbell got out cold because of a concussion and injured his ribs, he was the target of the unrest the crowd had built in. That much was clear when he came on the field for a single play during the second quarter.
Weeden said that it was tough to digest all the hate from the fans but he had learned control to use it as motivation to play even better.
“I've been through a lot. I'd like to think I'm mature enough to handle all that stuff, but I learned a long time ago you can only control so much. Before I even throw a pass, I still get booed,” Weeden said. “You have to laugh it off and use that as positive reinforcement, use it as ammo to go out and play well.”
Coach Chudzinski said that he was ever by his players side and knew Weeden had much to offer. He said that the team had his back as he would enter the field and would support him a hundred percent. He said it mattered a lot if a player knew he had the entire team with him and Weeden would know it.
"The most important thing is I know that he has the backing of his teammates. The type of guys that we have in the locker room, their support for him, they want to win, and everybody realizes that Brandon needs to play well,” Chudzinski said. “He's really kept his head into it. He's been a professional through it all.”