Starting quarterback Brandon Weeden pumped the brakes today on any notion that the Browns will go into a downward spiral after their 27-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night in the third preseason game.
“I don't think there is any reason to push the panic button like a lot of people want to, but we've got to learn from it and we've got to get better,” Weeden said today. “We've got to take the things that we didn't do very well and correct them and get better come Thursday and moving forward when we play Miami.”
Weeden actually thinks the wake-up call came at the perfect time for a starting offense that cruised to success in the first two exhibition games. Now Weeden and Co. were reminded that they need a sense of urgency while preparing for the Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins.
“I think sometimes you need that,” Weeden said. “I think you need a little slap in the face to say, ‘Listen, you’ve got to keep continuing to grind.’ It’s just human nature to get a little ahead of yourself. But what better timing? It doesn’t count toward the win-loss record of the regular season. We can correct all the mistakes we made. So we knew it’s not going to be perfect all the time. It’s impossible to play 20 games throughout the regular-season, perfect games. It’s just not going to happen. We had been pretty good in the first two games. Now it’s just how do we deal with that adversity, how do we move on. It’ll be a big step for us.”
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Sunday he would prepare his starters as if they’ll play Thursday night in the preseason finale against the Chicago Bears.
Weeden made it clear he’s in favor of the idea.
“I’m a creature of habit, so I like as many reps as I can get as possible,” Weeden said. “I feel good with where I’m at. I feel comfortable within the offense as far as the preparation leading up to it. Whatever he wants to do. I feel good, but I wouldn’t mind playing two series if that’s the direction he wants to go.”