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Childress impressed by Weeden's response

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Brandon Weeden’s ability to lead a touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter at Dallas made an impression on offensive coordinator Brad Childress.

When quarterback Tony Romo completed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant with 6:46 left in regulation, the Dallas Cowboys went in front of the Cleveland Browns, 20-13, last Sunday.

On the ensuing possession, Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer forced and recovered a fumble when he sacked quarterback Brandon Weeden for an 11-yard loss. After the Browns registered two stops on defense, first, with a sack-fumble on Romo and later, a three-and-out with Dallas pinned against its own goal line, Weeden engineered the Browns’ shortest scoring drive of the year with a 17-yard touchdown pass to tight end Benjamin Watson on the first play of the series.

“He’s usually pretty composed,” Childress said of Weeden. “He’s not going to come off (yelling). It’s not the way he’s wired, which I appreciate the fact that he’s not wired that way because then, you can get the best out of him on the next series. He’s not thinking about the last series.

“We were trying to play a quick pace early in the game, but we had all that shifting and motion going early in the game and you need some time to accomplish that at the line of scrimmage. We were playing at a pretty quick clip early in the game.”

Childress said he felt like Weeden was prepared for the moment to lead the team down the field for the go-ahead score.

“I don’t think it’s too big for him,” Childress said. “I’ve never had the sense that any of this is too big for Brandon Weeden. I don’t think that particular situation was too much for him.”

Weeden led the offense on three scoring drives in the first half and a 13-0 lead heading into halftime. He completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Watson on the team’s second possession of the game, a scoring play which started a stretch of three straight drives that ended in points for the Browns.

For the game, Weeden completed 20 passes for 210 yards and the two scoring plays to Watson. He was sacked only twice against the Cowboys, and has been taken down in the backfield five times in the last five games.

“I think he’s really decisive and getting more so,” Childress said. “I don’t see him back there, nursing the ball at all. He gets the ball out. I think it’s a testament to the offensive line and to the quarterback that he’s getting the ball out. He’s not holding on to it; he’s not taking a lot of sacks. I think that’s the important thing. He stands strong in the pocket. He doesn’t feel the rush around him. He doesn’t look at the rush around him and that’s an important thing, for a guy to be able to stand strong in the pocket.”

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