Rookies Take Step Back Against Bills
Brandon Weeden
Senior Browns Reporter
Posted Sep 23, 2012


After a strong performance against Cincinnati, Weeden and Richardson struggle in their third game.

 

CLEVELAND—After last week’s breakout performance for top rookies Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden, most fans thought they would build on that.

However, neither took that next step.

Richardson had just 27 yards on 12 carries (2.3 avg.) with a long carry of just six yards, which happened to be for a touchdown. He did lead the Browns in receptions with six for just 24 yards.

Richardson had 109 yards rushing and scored a touchdown and caught four passes including a 23-yard touchdown.

“We felt like we were going to have to throw it some,” Pat Shurmur said. “We of course, didn’t get the results running the football that we did last week, but there are times when that happens. You’ve still got to be able to move the ball, so you throw it.”

Shurmur said sometimes that’s the way it goes.

“We just didn’t get it done,” he said. “There’s no magical answer sometimes. Other than that, we didn’t get it done.”

Richardson said that it was disappointing the offense couldn’t build on last week, especially the slow start.

“At the point we’re at, we’re pros and we should be able to build on the success of each week,” Richardson said. “But if we don’t do it on the field, we have to come out blazing.”

Weeden agreed.

“We started slow and after last week, that’s disappointing,” he said. “It wasn’t for a lack of effort. We have to find a way to make a play.”

Richardson said he the Browns have to overcome their mistakes.

“We just have to get on to the next play,” he said. “We’re all football players and we make mistakes. We just have to slow down and stick with the game plan.”

Shurmur was talking to Richardson in the Browns locker room after the game.

“He just told me to not get down on myself,” Richardson said. “He told me we’re all headed in the right direction.”

Weeden was 27-of-43 for 237 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He was sacked four times and had a rating of 65.7 after registering 322 yards and two touchdowns against the Bengals.

“If you take away the last play, I thought I had a solid day,” he said. “I felt I had a good day.”

Weeden did have a couple of drops by receivers in crucial situations and found Travis Benjamin all alone for a 22-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He looked as if he held on to the ball too long at times and was sacked from behind.

Shurmur said the Browns tried to stretch the Bills down field.

“We took some shots, which we didn’t get a chance to do last year much,” he said. “We took some shot and now we’ve got to hit on them.”

Weeden’s longest completion was a 24-yard pass to Josh Cribbs.

Richardson said the Browns have to forget this game quickly as they play the Ravens on Thursday night.

“We can’t do anything about the first three games,” Richardson said. “We have to get back out right away because we have Baltimore coming right up.

“We just have to keep fighting,” Richardson said. “I have to keep motivating the team myself as a leader. We’re 0-3 but we have to get back to the drawing board.”

Richardson said football players have to have short memories and he can’t wait to get back on to the field.

“Most definitely I want to get back on the field as fast as possible and get to the game.”

Meeting with Jim Brown: Richardson was able to meet with Jim Brown before the game and he said it was a thrill for him. Richardson admitted he was nervous.

“It was a shaky moment for me,” he said. “He wanted to talk with me. He just said ‘You’re going in the right direction.’”

Brown had called Richardson an ‘ordinary’ back after the Browns drafted him and he said Brown cleared up that situation. Richardson said Brown intended to motivate the rookie from Alabama.

“He said a lot of people took the message the wrong way, but he said it was always motivational.”


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