Brandon Weeden on demotion: ‘I’m pissed’

Brandon Weeden isn't happy about being replaced by Matt Cassel as the Cowboys' (temporary) starting quarterback.
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By David Kenyon

The Dallas Cowboys are making a change at quarterback, and Brandon Weeden is understandably upset about the choice.

According to Desmond Purnell of NFL Media, Weeden said he’ll handle the news like a veteran should, but that doesn’t mean the 32-year-old is happy about it.

After completing 7-of-7 passes when stepping in for Tony Romo against the Philadelphia Eagles, Weeden slogged through three starts. Yes, he completed 64-of-91 attempts, but Weeden was merely the king of checkdowns en route to throwing one touchdown and two interceptions.

Dallas coach Jason Garrett elected to hand the reins over to Matt Cassel, a journeyman backup who will have had two full weeks to prepare as the starter. The Cowboys are currently on a bye.

He appeared in three games last season for the Minnesota Vikings before a foot injury ended his season. Although Cassel isn’t a perfect answer, he can hardly be less productive.

Cassel’s first chance to stake a claim the short-term starting job comes on Oct. 25 when Dallas travels to the New York Giants. Weeden won’t be happy standing on the sideline, but expect him to handle it the proper way, support Cassel and be ready for a chance to enter the game if necessary.

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