Whenever a team picks a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft, it’s not good news for any incumbent quarterback on that team. That means bad news for Colt McCoy, who saw his Browns draft Brandon Weeden with the 22nd overall pick on Thursday. Since then, there have been all kinds of rumors about McCoy’s future and whether he’ll be traded or what the situation is.
Weeden didn’t know any more about the situation in this following interview, but made it clear that it doesn’t matter to him. He’s not necessarily going to Cleveland assuming he’s the starter right now, but he certainly believes he’ll be competing for the job at the very least.
Brandon Weeden joined 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland with Bull and Fox to discuss what it was like to be drafted, joining Trent Richardson as part of the Browns draft class, the situation in terms of being the starting quarterback, the Browns fanbase, playing quarterback in cold weather and what he needs to work on between now and the start of the season.
What was going through your mind when the Browns made the call to you?:
“It was a lot of emotions, I know that. I was outside on the patio with some family and friends and I saw we were inching up on that 22nd pick and so I went inside and I was inside for a couple minutes and my phone rang. It was [Browns general manager Tom Heckert] and got the news and I can’t really honestly explain the emotions that I felt. It was just complete excitement, obviously just thrilled for this opportunity.”
How excited are you to play with No. 3 overall pick Trent Richardson?:
“I’ve said this all along, I’ve always thought that Trent was one of the best players in college football last year. He’s so dynamic, fun to watch at Alabama. It’ll be nice to be in the same backfield as him. Turning and handing the ball to a guy like that, he’s a special, special player and it’s going to be fun being his teammate.”
In your mind, do you believe you’ll be the starter for the Browns this season?:
“There’s a lot of work between now and then that needs to be done. Honestly, we’re still fresh in this thing and I still need to learn this offense. I can tell you guys one thing, I’m going to come in and compete and do everything I can do, myself, to put us in position to win games, whatever role that is. I want to come in and compete.”
On going to Cleveland and its rabid fanbase:
“I think that’s fun; I think that’s the way it should be. There should be a lot of high expectations. Everybody wants to win games. If you win games, everybody’s happy, obviously. Coming from Oklahoma State, we had a passionate fanbase there. I know this is a different deal. … A lot of support from Browns fans everywhere. I think they’re really excited about it, and rightfully so.”
How much different do you think it will be to play quarterback in colder weather?:
“It’s hard to say. It’s kind of sneaky cold in Oklahoma. It gets down to the teens and single digits. There’s a lot of comparisons, the wind blows and it’s chilly. But I don’t see it being an issue. When you’re out there, you’ve got so much adrenaline going anyway that you don’t really feel what’s going on whether it’s cold, hot, whatever it may be. When you’re playing football, it’s a totally different deal.”
Some have said your biggest flaw is dealing with defensive pressure when it comes at you. Do you agree that’s something you need to work on?:
“I think that every quarterback at any level, it’s being comfortable in the pocket. When we all get our feet set and we’re able to transition and make throws, a lot of us are able to throw the ball accurately. I would say it’s definitely a thing I’m going to work on. There’s a lot of things. My game is still getting better; I’m still learning. But I do have a lot of confidence in my arm and my ability to throw the football. Obviously in this league … you’ve got to throw it, and throw it to win. That’s what it’s all about.”