BEREA, Ohio (AP) — He's absorbed punishing hits from defenders. He's endured more than his share of criticism from Cleveland fans for his poor play.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden has taken a lot this season.
On Friday, he accepted the blame.
Weeden, who lost his starting job earlier this week, offered no excuses for the ragged performances that cost him his job. Speaking for the first time since he was benched by coach Rob Chudzinski in favor of Jason Campbell, Weeden said he hasn't lost confidence in his abilities and hopes to get another chance to start.
"I'll take full responsibility," he said. "I'm never going to be a guy that's going to point the finger. I had plenty of opportunities to make plays. There are some throws that I'd love to have back. Unfortunately you don't get them back. That falls on me. I'll take 100 percent of the responsibility, and when I get an opportunity, I'm going to do what I can to fix those mistakes.
"All is good when you're playing well, and all is bad when you're playing bad. That's just the way it is when you play this position."
Weeden's season has been a personal disappointment and a letdown for the Browns, who hoped he would develop into the franchise quarterback that has eluded the team since its expansion rebirth.
Weeden lost his first two starts and then sat out two games with a sprained right thumb. He lost his job, but then came off the bench to rally the Browns to a win over Buffalo when Brian Hoyer sustained a season-ending knee injury. He struggled in losses to Detroit and Green Bay, outings in which he overthrew receivers, missed open targets and twice flipped the ball underhanded when scrambling from pressure.
Because he's not starting this week at Kansas City, Weeden wasn't required to speak with the media. But following Friday's practice, he stood in front of his locker and answered some stinging questions.
"I'm not going to stand back and hide and sulk," he said. "I'm going to confront the situation head on. That's the right way to do it. That's the professional way to do it. I like to think of myself as a pro. I take full responsibility of my effort. Whether it's good, bad, indifferent, I take full responsibility of how I play, and I'm not afraid to answer any tough questions."
Browns tight end Jordan Cameron said Weeden's selfless attitude was appreciated by everyone in Cleveland's locker room.
"He's very mentally tough, and that's what a quarterback should be," said Cameron. "It's awesome that he's a standup guy. You've got to respect that. He's in here. He's studying. He's playing and he's still the same old Brandon."
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