Browns want Weeden to cut down on interceptions

Associated Press Modified: November 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm •  Published: November 14, 2012

Did the gunslinger get gun shy?

Weeden said he took what the Ravens gave him.

"If you go watch the tape, no one was open," he said. "I made smart decisions down there. We were in the red zone and the balls I did throw, I did check down. Windows were small, but if I throw a pick there, you guys are asking me the same questions.

Weeden and Shurmur have discussed his decision making and interceptions, but it hasn't been a major point of emphasis during their talks.

"It's just common knowledge between the both of us, we know you can't turn the ball over," he said. "It's in my forefront, but I don't let it get to the front of my mind, where I'm so paranoid about throwing interceptions that I don't take shots."

Unable to work out a trade to move up and draft Robert Griffin III, the Browns selected Weeden with the No. 22 overall pick in April's draft. They ignored his age, dismissed the fact that he rarely took a snap under center in college and banked on him filling a position that has been unresolved for years.

Shurmur believes Weeden can become an "outstanding player" and to do that he needs "to lead us to victories and don't throw interceptions."

That will happen once Weeden starts making better choices.

"I've looked at all of those interceptions and there are times when he could've made better decisions," Shurmur said. "There's, of course, things that have happened where a ball bounces off a guy's chest. So you look at all of those things. You don't want to play anxious football, but you also have to be smart."

Last week, Banner said he and Haslam will use the rest of the season to decide if Weeden is indeed Cleveland's long-term answer at quarterback. If there wasn't enough pressure on Weeden already, Banner raised the heat level a few degrees.

Weeden, though, isn't sweating it. He's doesn't feel as if he's under fire.

"I would've expected him to say that," he said. "They're taking over this organization and they're going to do the moves to help this team win and I obviously want to be the guy that they have a lot of confidence in going forward and I've got to play like it.

"I've got to go play well and keep the team growing and keep the team making better plays and let the rest kind of take care of itself."

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NOTES: Browns RB Trent Richardson is still not 100 percent but the bye week helped his rib cartilage injury. Richardson is close with Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, whose records he broke in high school. Richardson said they speak regularly and he has watched Smith on TV's "Dancing With The Stars." Richardson said, "He got moves, man." ... Browns TE Benjamin Watson was named the fourth captain for this week's game. .... Browns CB Joe Haden was limited in practice with an oblique injury but said he expects to play.

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