Jun 17, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) during minicamp at Cowboys headquarters at Valley Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Weeden - Any Love for the Cowboys Backup QB?

Poor Brandon Weeden. First, the Fat Boys break up, then everyday he wakes up and somebody got a problem with him. I’ve seen nothing but doom and gloom cast towards the Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback position since he was signed. So, Cowboy Nation, I have to ask – Where’s the love?

I haven’t seen this much disdain for a backup quarterback since – well this level is unprecedented. The Cowboys acquired a first round talent at a 7th round prices. The Cleveland Browns and the Cowboys are the only teams with a first round draft pick backing up an undrafted free agent at the quarterback position. Cleveland’s situation is different because the starting job might be up for grabs and won by Johnny Manziel or Connor Shaw during training camp, but that’s enough about the Browns for now.

In the NFL, the phrase is – Everyone loves the backup quarterback. Why isn’t that applying to Brandon Weeden? Let’s take a quick look at the quarterbacks that Cowboy Nation has given more love to:

 

Player

Comp

Att

Comp %

Yards

TD’s

Int’s

Jason Garrett

165

294

56.1

2042

11

5

Clint Stoerner

29

54

53.7

367

4

5

Quincy Carter

507

902

56.2

5839

29

36

Ryan Leaf

45

88

51.1

494

1

3

Anthony Wright

70

151

46.4

766

5

8

Chad Hutchinson

128

252

50.8

1563

7

8

Drew Henson

10

18

55.6

78

1

1

Vinny Testaverde

297

495

60

3532

17

20

Drew Bledsoe

390

668

58.4

4803

30

25

Brad Johnson

48

89

53.9

506

2

5

Kyle Orton

42

61

68.9

487

3

2

John Kitna

215

328

65.5

2452

17

14

Steven McGee

46

82

56.1

420

3

0

Brooks Bollinger

10

17

58.8

71

1

1

Tony Romo

2439

3775

64.6

29565

208

101

 

That’s a long list and none of them have faced the criticism that Cowboy Nation and some media has given to Brandon Weeden. Weeden hasn’t thrown an official pass as a Dallas Cowboy but at least he wants to wear The Star, unlike Kyle Orton. Reports from Valley Ranch about Weeden have been nothing but positive. He’s even getting valuable reps with the first team in Romo’s absense. Are we going to blame him for posting sub-par stats with the Cleveland Browns?

 

Team Record Comp Att Comp % Yards TD’s Int’s
2011 Browns 4 – 12 Colt McCoySeneca Wallace 320 570 56.1 3300 16 13
2012 Browns 5 – 10 Brandon Weeden 297 517 57.4 3385 14 17
2013 Browns 0 – 5 Brandon Weeden 141 267 52.8 1731 9 9

 

The 2013 Browns finished with a season record of 4 – 12 under coach Rob Chudzinski who was fired after his one and only season as head coach. Prior to that, the coach was Pat Shurmur (9 – 23) who was given two seasons after replacing Eric Mangini. Mangini’s two season record with the Browns was 10 – 22. Since 2003, the Cleveland Browns franchise record has been an abysmal 56 – 120. I don’t believe all the blame falls squarely on Weeden’s shoulders for not leading the Browns to the playoffs in his first or second year.

I’ll remember Weeden and the Browns challenging the Cowboys and falling victim to another of Tony Romo’s many fourth quarter comebacks in OT. Weeden went 20 of 35 for 210 yards and 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions against the Cowboys. If he can do that for us, instead of against us, Cowboy Nation should be more than pleased.

Anytime Weeden has to step on the field and The Star is on his helmet, he’ll have my full support. Welcome to Cowboy Nation – you started at the bottom, now you here!

#GoCowboys

 

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