The Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot uncorked a bit of a small controversy in her latest Browns notebook today. The story began as looking to see why so many passing attempts seemed far-off on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Take it away, Brandon Weeden.
“There’s a couple of routes we ran on Sunday for the first time all week and that’s not fair to me, it’s not fair to the receivers, it’s not fair to any of us, because when you’re getting thrown in the fire and the bullets are flying . . .” Weeden said.
Weeden went on and on and on about that topic, and about how he thought his elbow was trailing low on many of his throws against the Cowboys. Here was Pat Shurmur’s response to Weeden’s practice comment, per Cabot:
“I disagree with some of that because I do think that we make an effort of the ones we’re going to call we practice,” Shurmur said. “A lot of the plays that we practice, we’ve been running all year and you run them in training camp. It’s nearly impossible with the amount of time and then the length of the season to practice every single thing multiple times. You see it going on behind me (after practice) right now. They spend extra time working on the individual routes. That’s what you’ve got to do.”
Cabot also has a quote from receiver Mohammed Massaquoi in the article, along with lots more from Weeden (did I mention he rambled about this point?) It’s a bit of a convoluted story, but in the big picture, when dealing with the future of Shurmur on the Browns, it certainly doesn’t help his case when his rookie quarterback disagrees with him vehemently about not practicing routes. Sure, this is a pretty tame topic and Shumur’s response was neutral as usual, but this is just an interesting side-storyline as the Browns return to action tomorrow against the Steelers back at home.
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