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Transcript from news conference with Browns QB Brandon Weeden

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 11, 2012

Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden spoke with reporters today during rookie minicamp. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(On what his nerves were like today)- “Me, personally, I didn’t have any nerves. I was just kind of anxious. Last night I stayed up pretty late studying what we were going to be doing today and I felt prepared. There’s nothing really to be nervous about. But it’s your first day of minicamp and you are putting on a new uniform, a new helmet, there’s just a lot of excitement. You are out there with guys that you are really just meeting on the field for the first time. When you turn and hand it to a Trent Richardson, you are like, ‘This dude is the real deal.’ It’s kind of surreal. It was a lot of fun.”

(On what advantage he gets from having previous professional experience)- “I just think you know how to prepare. That’s what I was talking about with one of the receivers who is a second year guy. He said it’s so much more laid back because you can kind of relax, go about your business and if you prepared, you play well. If you don’t, you’re gone. That’s the way you have to go about it. I think that’s the same mentality I had in baseball. If you put in extra work, usually it pays off. It’s the same thing at the quarterback position, you are continually learning and I am always asking questions. Coach (Pat) Shurmur, coach (Brad) Childress and coach (Mark) Whipple they are all throwing in coaching points throughout the day, so I am trying to be a sponge and apply the next time I do the same thing.”

(On when was the last time he was under center this much)- “I don’t want to talk about the last time I was, but it was my junior year and I had hurt my thumb. I ruptured a tendon in my thumb. I just couldn’t take a snap, fumbled the snap against Troy with like two minutes left with the lead. Like I said, I don’t want to talk about that (joking). But that was the last time and we just stayed in shotgun because of my thumb. My senior year the center we had liked being in the shotgun so we kept it that way. So two years ago, my first three years of college I was under center 50 percent of the time.”

(On coach Shurmur talking to him about footwork how much he has worked on his footwork)- “I have been working on it non-stop since the Fiesta Bowl. Every day I am doing some kind of footwork drill, throwing routes, doing five and seven step drops. The one he was talking to me about was that Sprint Right, you try to get momentum going and you kind of have to false-step. They teach you not to false-step, but when you are sprinting right, you have to kind of get your momentum going. He was just trying to help me out and get me on the move a little bit faster.”

(On if he is comfortable under center)- “I feel really comfortable under center. Every center is different, we’ve got (Garth) Gerhart, he is a lefty and we’ve got (Jarrod) Shaw, he is a righty. That is a little bit different, but it’s just a feel thing, a comfort thing. When (Alex) Mack gets here and I start take snaps from him, it’s going to be different. It’s getting comfortable, but I’ll be honest, I like being under center more because you can see what’s going on and you get the ball immediately. If I had to pick one of the two, not that I don’t like being in the shotgun, but I like being under center.”

(On if he has talked to Colt McCoy yet)- “I haven’t, I just got into town yesterday. He hasn’t been around the facility. I met Seneca (Wallace), he came in early right before we went out. I met Seneca today, but I haven’t seen Colt. I don’t know if he is here or what but we left this morning early and we have been so busy since I got into town.”

(On if he plans to win the quarterback competition)- “That’s the approach we are all going to take. I think all of us who are here today plan on having a job. Colt’s been in the system for two years so he understands the offense, I am going to ask him questions. We are going to learn it together and compete. That’s what it’s all about. I think he would answer the same way. We are going to do whatever we can to help this team win games, plain and simple whether it’s me or him. Obviously, I hope I am the guy and I am going to do everything in my power to be that guy, but you have to take it one step at a time. I have to continue to keep learning and see how things pan out.”

(On if he has talked to McCoy on the phone)- “No, like I said, I have been so busy. I got here yesterday. My plane got delayed in Dallas and I got in late anyways, so I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off so we haven’t had a chance to yet.”

(On if he is staying in town or going back to Oklahoma)- “I am staying here. I am here through the month of June. The last OTA is I think the 15th, but I will be here through the month of June.” 

(On if there are any transferable skills from when he was on Sports Science)- “I think so. You have to be accurate. When you are throwing for a tight end, for example, you are trying to hit his shoulder. I always aim for the Nike check, that’s the way you envision it. The way that Sports Science did it turned out pretty cool. The way they slowed it down.”

(On hitting the clay pigeons)- “That was kind of a timing deal, it’s like a slant. You try to get the ball and the clay pigeon to meet. I am not going to lie the first one I through I missed by about six feet because the timing was way off. Then I got closer and I think I hit my eighth one and as they showed I think I hit four out of five at one point. I was a lot tougher than I thought going in. They only had 100 clay pigeons so I was kind of nervous I wouldn’t hit one. I was kind of sweating it.”

(On how he ended up doing that)- “I flew to L.A., I think it was about 10 days before the draft. When I got there John Brenkus was like, ‘I have this really cool idea. Hopefully it works.’ Obviously, I was sweating it a little bit because I had never even shot clay pigeons with a shotgun. I didn’t know what to really expect.”

(On the team losing Phil Taylor to injury)- “You hate to lose any guy, especially at that position. That’s a key position on the defense. As a teammate, you hate when anybody goes down. He is a hard working guy. I played against him in college. He’ll fight back and be back in there as soon as possible.”

(On having college teammate Josh Cooper in camp)- “Me and Cooper have been working for five years, but especially these last 14-16 days. We have gone up to the field every day at about 8:30 in the morning and just throw route after route. I always joked with people that I liked throwing the ball to him just as much as I liked throwing it to Justin Blackmon and I wasn’t lying. I love throwing the ball to Josh Cooper. You saw today, he is a great route runner, unbelievable hands, he made me look good on one and we were on the same page on the other. He is a great player, very smart. He came to my room last night and we went through the playbook and we talked through some things. I’ve got a lot confidence in Coop and I am excited for him to be here.”

(On Travis Benjamin’s speed)- “He is freaky fast. The guy can really run. Coach Shurmur was like, ‘Hey, let one rip on a vertical,’ even though it’s single-high safety and it’s not really our read, he said, ‘Let one go and see if he can go get it.’ I did and it was incomplete, but the guy has got another gear.”

(On if he has always been a natural thrower)- “Yeah I have, not that I haven’t worked at it, but even when I first picked up a football I have always been kind of a natural thrower. If we get our feet set, it’s really easy. I was fortunate. When I got to the college level I really took a lot of pride in it - accuracy. I think today I threw the ball fairly accurate, not as good as I can, but it will get better. I have been blessed to be able to throw the football. Even when I played baseball, I through the football every single year, it’s been in my blood.”

(On if he has always had the same motion)- “It has stayed the same for the most part.”

(On how much game tape from last year he has watched and how much the offense may change now with Brad Childress and him here)- “I have watched minimal. When we learn this offense they show examples. It’s on paper then they throw on clips to represent what we are going to see and going through the reads and different looks. We haven’t really got into what we are going to change and what we are going to do. They know my strength is throwing the football, but this offense is awesome. It’s really quarterback friendly. You have complete control of it and I don’t think there is really much to change. It has been this way for a long time and has been successful throughout the NFL.”

(On his goals and what his message to Browns fans would be)- “We are coming with a goal to win games. Obviously our first goal is to get to the playoffs, then go as far as we can and ultimately before it’s all said and done to win a Super Bowl. That’s my goal as a player, before I am done playing I want to win a Super Bowl. I know Browns fans are extremely passionate and I think that’s the way it should be. They have great fans. I have gotten a lot of support on Twitter and throughout here even in the last day in the community. My message would be to come out and support us, stay with us the entire time. There are going to be ups and downs, that’s the way it is with every team, but I can tell you these guys that go to bat every day on Sundays and Mondays or whenever, we are playing our heart out for everybody, especially the people in the stands. We are going to try to do everything we can to win games.”

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