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OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden must play better if Cowboys' dream season is to come true

COMMENTARY — Brandon Weeden's two interceptions will stick with the Cowboys' quarterback and new play-caller a while.
By JENNI CARLSON Published: September 4, 2011
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photo - OSU's Brandon Weeden (3) looks to pass during a college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) Ragin' Cajuns at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
OSU's Brandon Weeden (3) looks to pass during a college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) Ragin' Cajuns at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

But that's what he did. Louisiana-Lafayette brought a blitz forcing Weeden to step up in the pocket, but when the pressure still got to him, he tried to make a play anyway.

He was hit. The ball floated.

Interception.

“What it stems from is I'm so dadgum competitive, I want to make a play all the time and you can't do that,” Weeden said. “Sometimes you've got to swallow the pill and move onto the next play.”

Monken said, “You want to be aggressive. You want to take shots. But you can't do that. You just can't.

“If it's a bad call, Brandon's got to make it better. You can't turn a poor call into a catastrophic call.”

By the way, the fact that the Cowboys are being so tough on themselves is a good thing. They are the ones who started talking about championship. Do that, and you raise the bar. Do that, and you elevate the expectations.

Do that, and you make three-interception performances by your quarterback unacceptable.

If the Cowboys truly want to contend for championships — there's no reason they shouldn't expect that with the talent they have — Weeden must be better.

Period.

Yes, it was the opening game of the season. Sure, it was the first game with Monken. But if you want to be a championship-caliber team, you have to be on top of your game all the time. One slip-up can cost you dearly with the system that exists in college football.

Weeden knows that. He's a smart guy. He's a savvy player. Truth be told, a game like Saturday might be a good thing, reminding even the most veteran of Cowboys that the target is bigger, the expectation higher as a top-10 team.

“Live and learn,” Weeden said. “I'll watch the tape and get better.”

If OSU wants to contend for a championship, you know he must.

If Weeden's past successes tell us anything, you know he will.


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