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Childress sees leadership from Weeden

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Offensive coordinator Brad Childress has seen quarterback Brandon Weeden develop into a leader.

Through the first nine games of the season, Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress has seen rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden take steps toward becoming more of a team leader.

“I think it really is a natural progression,” Childress said. “I don’t care if you’re Andrew Luck or whoever. You don’t come in, jump in and start screaming and pointing, not that he’s started to do that. I just think it takes you a little while to evolve, where your voice means something besides just being the play-caller.”

In addition to Childress, Weeden’s teammates have seen a difference in his leadership on and off the football field.

“Brandon, he’s every bit of the quarterback you need in a situation like this,” running back Trent Richardson said. “He’s a vet in my eyes because he’s been a professional already, but Brandon’s taken more of a role of speaking in the huddle, trying to be a team leader and he’s doing everything he can to make sure he’s got everybody’s attention and let everybody know that he’s here to lead the team and he’s doing whatever it takes to lead the team.”

When the Browns played their final game before the bye week, a 25-15 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 4, Weeden threw two interceptions. On the year, he has thrown nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

In the three games before facing the Ravens for the second time this season, Weeden had thrown four touchdowns against one interception.

“I always want a guy to keep shooting,” Childress said. “Do you want him to keep shooting and missing, shooting and missing, shooting and missing? No, you don’t want that. You don’t want to keep shooting and throwing it to them either. You don’t want somebody that goes into a checkdown mode where you can’t get those shots up the field that we’re looking for.

“Some guys get that. Some guys might go to that checkdown mode when they get a scar or something, and some guys have got the guts of a burglar. That’s kind of the thing you’re looking for, those guys that are wired that way. He throws it with merit and doesn’t ever get too far down when he’s not looking downfield.”

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