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Be careful

October 17, 2013 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND -- Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden must be careful about what he says to the media about his performances.

Weeden was critical of social media this week, calling it "useless." When asked about the criticism he's received for his now infamous interception in the loss to the Lions, Weeden said "I'm not going to listen to a 7-year-old kid tell me how to play quarterback."

Weeden is clearly frustrated. and it plays out at times during sessions with the media. He is generally well liked by reporters for his ease in dealing with them, but there have been times when it's apparent he's upset at the situation.

That's when Weeden needs to watch his words. He seems to have an impulsive personality, which can be good and bad. When he says something off raw emotion without a spell checker, it can look bad.

You might remember Weeden saying that he still considers the Browns "my team" a few weeks ago.That might not have been a wise decision with Brian Hoyer having won two straight games in relief of an injured Weeden.

The comment about the 7-year-old kid was another misread, to use a football term. It was an indication of his frustrations, which has to be off the charts after what happened last week.

It's easy to pull for Weeden. He doesn't have the I'm-from-Texas bravado of former Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. He's open and accommodating with the media -- traits that will earn him a few points when it's time for scribes to be critical.

Those qualities only go so far, however, in the NFL. He needs to not only improve his play, but he also needs to watch what he says.

It could get a lot uglier for Weeden in Cleveland before it gets better.


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Oct-19-13 8:10 AM



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