Here’s my general rule on Brandon Weeden: You chat with him any chance you get. I’ve never left an interview with that guy without learning something. And, of course, he’s one of the most talked-about prospects in the NFL Draft.
So I made my first trip to Chickasha Saturday afternoon to visit with the former Cowboy QB while he was signing autographs and taking pictures with fans at Byford Buick/GMC. I used some of the material I gathered at that interview for my Insider piece in Monday’s Oklahoman.
But I also asked him about the quarterback competition at OSU, since, besides Todd Monken and Mike Gundy, probably no one has seen more of Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh over the past year or so than Weeden. Or better knows what it will take to play quarterback in the Cowboys’ spread offense.
Does Weeden have a hunch on who will replace him as the Cowboys’ starter?
“I’m not a betting man, but if I was a betting man, I wouldn’t even bet on it,” Weeden said. “I have no idea who’s going to take that job. I think these first few weeks of spring ball, (someone’s) going to have to take it and run with it. I think that’s what coaches want to see. I think, either way, we’ve got a chance to win a lot a games.”
Side note: Gundy used the exact same “take it and run with it” comment during his press conference last Monday. Some took that as alluding to that Walsh would be the starter, because he can make a lot of plays with his legs. But both Weeden and Gundy just meant that someone needs to seize that job and keep it. But still, kind of funny that both guys used identical words. I guess that’s why they call that phrase a cliche.
Here’s Weeden’s assessment of Chelf and Walsh:
“Clint obviously has the most experience. He’s probably got a better grasp of what we do offensively, so he’s going to function better. He’s a smart kid and he can adapt and do a lot of different things. I think he’s got a chance to be a good player.
“J.W., same deal. He doesn’t have as much experience, doesn’t understand what we do quite as much as Clint, because he hasn’t gotten the reps. He’s sat there and watched and gotten mental reps. But J.W.’s athletic, can do a lot of things with his feet, run around a little bit and make the throws. From what I’ve heard, so far in (spring ball) he’s had a pretty good two or three practices.”
I’ll post the rest of our Q&A later in the week. Some topics we covered were his feelings at this point in the pre-draft process, why he compares private workouts to a game of poker, how often his age gets brought up in meetings with NFL teams and his visit with Jon Gruden for his “QB Camp” show. Stay tuned.