Childress impressed by Weeden

Posted Nov 2, 2012

Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress was impressed by the way quarterback Brandon Weeden handled the wind in Sunday’s win over the San Diego Chargers.

In last Sunday's game between the Cleveland Browns and San Diego Chargers, the players had to battle against each other, as well as Mother Nature.

With a steady rain saturating the field and a 19-mile-an-hour wind making the 44-degree temperature feel like it was in the mid-30s, the Browns earned a 7-6 win over the visiting Chargers.

Quarterback Brandon Weeden completed 11 of 27 attempts for 122 yards and led the team on a 12-play, 70-yard scoring drive on the Browns’ opening possession, which the defense held up to secure the victory.

“I thought it was pretty steady with the exception of the one that he missed to Ben (Watson) and it was really a tricky wind at that point in time,” offensive coordinator Brad Childress said of Weeden. “He didn’t know whether to drive it or to float it, but I thought that he was as steady as he could be given the circumstances. There were a couple of drops in there. It would have looked a lot different with a couple of those completions that were either dropped or the wind was taking. It was the same circumstances though for Philip Rivers.”

Known for his strong arm and being able to get the ball downfield to his wide receivers at Oklahoma State, Weeden adjusted to the wind well, according to Childress.

“He can cut it through the wind,” Childress said. “I think he spins it pretty good into the wind. That wasn’t a straight-on wind. If you looked at the flags up in one corner and then, you stood on the field, it felt like where it was coming from on the field somebody’s lying to you about where the winds coming from, so, I think he’s got plenty of arm strength to spin it into the wind.”

After letting the win set in Sunday night, Weeden and the Browns got to work on their preparations for the rematch with the Baltimore Ravens.

When the Browns and Ravens met on Sept. 27, Weeden completed 25 of 52 attempts for 320 yards with one interception. Ravens defensive back Cary Williams returned the interception 63 yards for a touchdown and Baltimore won, 23-16.

Childress said that Weeden learned from his turnover against the Ravens and has shown progress.

“I think, as a quarterback, you want that short-term memory, but you want to have learned from what it was that you did on that play that allowed them to have that opportunity,” Childress said. “I think he’s learned, you get a ball tipped, or you miss somebody or misjudge something or leave it on the inside shoulder instead of the outside shoulder. Just over the course of the last four weeks, I’d say that he’s made improvement in that area.”

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