We caught up with Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden after the former Oklahoma State star landed a monster tarpon during a recent fishing trip north of Cancun.
You can read that story here and you can read more on it in Sunday's edition of The Oklahoman.
After talking about his trophy catch, Weeden was kind enough to talk a little football.
Here's a look at what he had to say.
Q: What was your reaction to the firing of Browns' head coach Rob Chudzinski?
A: I was shocked. I didn't see it coming to be honest with you. I don't think many guys in the locker room knew it was coming. There were rumors that he was going to be fired, but none of us believed it until it actually happened. It definitely caught me off guard.”
Who would you would like to see the Browns hire?
I honestly can't say I have a preference... This will be my third head coach and third offensive system in three years which is never fun.
How frustrating is that?
I understand it's part of the league and part of the business. As a player you get comfortable with something like certain plays and aspects you like offensively. Being comfortable playing the sport of football is a large part of it. Not being comfortable is challenging.
What does a new head coach mean for your future in Cleveland?
My mindset is I'm going back to Cleveland. I am still under contract for two years. It's a better question for them (Browns' front office.) The way this business is you can never get too comfortable in one place. It just depends on what their game plan is. I can't control it. The ball is kind of out of my court.
What has been the biggest adjustment from college football to playing in the NFL?
There is a bunch. It's just a lot more complicated, a lot faster. It's more detail-oriented. You got long days. You get there at 6 (a.m.) and leave the building at 6 (p.m.) It's more of a business. The biggest adjustment is the speed. Everybody says that. The game is fast. Everything happens fast.
Your NFL career has been up and down. Is that a fair characterization?
I've been hot and cold. I've only started (20) games in my career. It is not something that is going to happen overnight. It takes time to get comfortable at what you are doing. This last year was really frustrating.
Are you still confident you can play in the NFL?
Do you think you just need more playing time?
I think so. More reps. My first two games of the year I was without a couple of weapons and then we trade Trent (Richardson). The guys that have been good in this league have been in the same system a long time. Unfortunately, this is a very impatient league. They want results now.
What are your predictions for the Super Bowl?
I think the 49ers-Seahawks is going to be a low scoring game. I have been saying Seattle is going to win the Super Bowl the last couple of weeks. That defense is pretty solid. I am a big Manning fan. I would like to see him get another crack at it. I think Denver-New England will be a higher scoring game. That might be a shootout. If I was going to pick the Super Bowl, I would say Seattle-Denver.