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'Creature of habit,' Weeden ready to play

Posted Aug 26, 2013

While the Chicago Bears will rest their starters in the preseason finale, Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is ready to play if called upon to do so Thursday.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden referred to himself as “a creature of habit,” and said that he will be ready to go if coach Rob Chudzinski decides to play his first-team offense and defense in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

As is customary, most NFL coaches hold their starters or play them sparingly in the fourth and final preseason game. The Bears have already announced their first-teamers will not play against the Browns.

“I’m a creature of habit, so I like to prepare and not take a ton of time off, skip anything that I normally do,” Weeden said. “If that’s what he wants us to do, then, I’m all for it.”

The Browns come into their fourth preseason game on the heels of a 27-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts last Saturday. In the game, the Browns’ offense totaled 13 first downs and 270 net yards after putting up 27 of the team’s 51 points in the first two preseason games, wins over the St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions.

Individually, Weeden completed 12 of 25 attempts for 105 yards against the Colts.

“It’s never as good and it’s never as bad as you think it is,” Weeden said. “Looking back, we missed some opportunities. We couldn’t get any momentum going. I said that after the first preseason game. Momentum is so big offensively. It’s tough when you get in third-and-long situations. We made it tough on ourselves.

“Sometimes, you need a little slap in the face to say, ‘Hey, listen! You need to continue to grind.’ That’s just human nature to get a little ahead of yourself, but what better timing? It doesn’t count toward the win-loss record of the regular season. We can correct all the mistakes we’ve made. We knew it was not going to be perfect all the time. We had been pretty good in the first two games. Now, it’s, ‘How do we deal with that adversity? How do we move on?’ It’ll be a big step for us.”

Despite the troubles against the Colts, Weeden said the players “were excited” to get back to work Monday in preparation for the Bears, and also, the regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 8.

“We saw the mistakes, and they’re all fixable,” Weeden said. “The mistakes we made are mistakes we can fix. This locker room’s excited. Moving forward, that one’s behind us. Now, we’re looking forward to Chicago, and it’ll be here before we know it.

“We’ve got to learn from it. We’ve got to get better. We’ve got to take the things that we didn’t do very well, correct them and get better come Thursday and moving forward to when we play Miami.”