BEREA: Coach Rob Chudzinski refused to name Brandon Weeden the starting quarterback for this Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs in his Monday afternoon news conference.
The Browns head coach said the team’s coaching staff will go through its normal weekly evaluation process before making a decision on the quarterback who endured another mediocre outing Sunday against the Green Bay Packers in a 31-13 loss at Lambeau Field.
Weeden completed just 17-of-42 passes for 149 yards a touchdown and an interception against the Packers.
“I’ll stick with our process we’ve had throughout which is basically evaluating the last game and we’ll talk as a staff later this afternoon. We’ll basically put the guys at all positions who give us the best opportunity to win.”
Weeden might not have impressed, but the rest of the team didn’t escape culpability, Chudzinski said.
“It’s not all Brandon and that’s the first thing you have to look at as you look at the tape and see,” he said. “There are some execution errors and issues with other guys. Brandon needs to play better, but we all need to play better around him.”
He acknowledged that wet weather may have affected the game negatively for some of the game including causing some drops. But while Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 69 percent of his passes on 25-of-36 throws, at times Browns receivers suffered through the dropsies.
“The conditions were tougher yesterday. That’s no excuse. We need to catch them. Green Bay was able to catch them,” he said. “We have to make those plays and we have to have the mentality that it doesn’t matter what the conditions are. It doesn’t matter what the situation is. It doesn’t matter how tough of a catch it is; we’re going to make that play.”
The most noticeable drop wide receiver Josh Gordon’s on a fourth-and-15 with 11:15 left in the game with the Browns trailing 17-6. A catch would have set the Browns offense up inside the five-yard line. Instead they turned the ball over on downs.
“I don’t think it’s an effort thing. If Josh wants to be an elite receiver in this league, then those are the types of plays that you have to find a way to make,” Chudzinski said.
“He went up for it; he tried to body catch it more so than going high pointing it, so those are some technique things that we can work with him on. I’ve seen him make some great catches before and he’s going to make more from here on out.”
Chudzinski said that he fully expects the Browns to bounce back against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday on the road and said that he doesn’t sense the team has lost any confidence in Weeden, although body language from receivers during the game might tell a different story.
“I think our guys are looking at themselves and we have plenty of places and plenty of opportunities to get better. By no means is it one guy,” he said. “It certainly wasn’t a perfect game by anybody…Those guys know. I can guarantee you we’re going to put the best guys out there and the guys that give us the best chance to win. That’s what we will always do.”