Sep 11, 2012
Brandon Weeden's 5.1 passer rating in his first start was the worst opening-day rating for a rookie since 1960 among players who had thrown at least 15 passes.
Weeden's ranked as the sixth-worst opening-day rating in the past 52 years.
It was that kind of day for the Cleveland Browns, as the quarterback of the future completed 34 percent and had four interceptions -- including one on his last throws of the day.
Weeden's play wasn't the reason the Browns lost, but it sure was a hefty contributor.
But it will not make the Browns change their plan or lose faith in the guy they drafted to take over the spot. Weeden is the team's starter, and they will work through the tough opener.
“Brandon Weeden's played on a big stage for a very long time,”? coach Pat Shurmur said. “I did not see a guy that was starry-eyed, not at all. I see a guy that can play better.”
Weeden faced one of the league's toughest pass rushes, and the Browns did not help him by struggling to run the ball. The team thought that was the best way to slow the pass rush.