Brandon Weeden on Cowboys: Jerry Jones will be watching playoffs on his couch
Brandon Weeden has had precious little to gloat about in his NFL career, but on Monday an opportunity presented to bury one of the guys who has dumped on him.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
After getting drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2012, where quarterbacks go to die, and struggling there, as quarterbacks do, Weeden opened the 2015 season as Tony Romo’s backup in Dallas. When Romo went down with a broken collarbone (the first time) in Week 2, Weeden was thrust into the starting role as Jones lauded him as a "gifted passer."
The marriage was short-lived as the Cowboys (now 4-11 and eliminated from playoff contention) struggled in three consecutive losses with Weeden (who threw just one touchdown) under center during that stretch. Jones and head coach Jason Garrett saw enough and installed another castoff, Matt Cassel.
Jones later cut Weeden and kicked him on the way out, suggesting he should have gone with Cassel in the first place.
That brings us to Weeden’s stint in Houston where he’s once again the backup who has taken over for the injured starter(s) (Brian Hoyer and T.J. Yates). On Sunday, Weeden and the Texans thrashed the Titans 34-6, which has juuuuust about locked up the AFC South for the team.
"Obviously a lot of guys here got my back," Weeden said of his Texans teammates during an interview with interview with 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma City. "Nate Washington said some really nice things after last week’s win, which I really appreciated. Everybody here has got my back. They understand how the league works. I think they were just as shocked as I was with some of the things that maybe Jerry or whoever was saying. It was kind of one of those things. But everybody here has my back. When it’s all said and done, that’s really all that matters."
The hosts also asked him if it would be extra satisfying to see the Cowboys completely turn into a dumpster fire, because of what Jerry said, as Weeden and the Texans will likely reach playoffs.
"I mean, yeah, absolutely," Weeden said. "We’ll get to play extra football and he’ll be watching on his couch. That’s what it’s all about. We’re playing for something and this is a fun time of the year."
In fairness to Jones, he probably owns an fantastically comfortable couch/recliner.
In Sunday’s Texans-Titans game, Weeden completed 15 of 24 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns and also found the end zone on a 7-yard rush.
If Brian Hoyer clears concussion protocol before Sunday’s home game against the Jaguars, it is possible Weeden has already thrown his last pass for the organization.
Of course, injuries and indecisiveness this season has turned the Cowboys and Texans’ QB depth charts into hieroglyphics, so we’ll see about that.