Pat McManamon | ESPN.com
BEREA, Ohio — Brandon Weeden‘s bizarre backhand pass late in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions with his back to the line of scrimmage did not cost him his job as the Cleveland Browns‘ starting quarterback.
Coach Rob Chudzinski said Monday at his news conference that he did not consider a quarterback change and that the coaching staff did not discuss it.
“This was one game,” Chudzinski said. “I thought Brandon played well in spurts.”
But he acknowledged Weeden needs to stop making bad decisions.
“Really,” Chudzinski said, “it’s just a matter of cutting out the critical mistakes.”
Weeden threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s 31-17 loss. He also threw two interceptions, the second one on an ill-advised throw with less than five minutes to play and the Browns down 24-17. With his body turned away from the line, Weeden tried to twist and flip the ball in the direction of running back Chris Ogbonnaya. It floated and was intercepted.
Weeden has lost the three games he’s started, although he did contribute in relief of an injured Brian Hoyer in a victory over Buffalo.
He’s thrown for four touchdowns and five interceptions and has a passer rating of 71.4.
But Chudzinski said he does not believe the team is losing confidence in Weeden.
“I don’t see that, at all,” he said. “He was trying to get rid of the ball as best he could. At that position, you see it across the league. Guys make mistakes, and they’re going to throw interceptions.
“It’s a matter of being smart with the football and taking care of the football.”
Chudzinski said the Browns will continue to discuss the possibility of adding a third quarterback. Veteran Jason Campbell is the backup.
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