Brandon Weeden’s 2015 season was a whirlwind to say the least. Brought in as the back-up QB in Dallas behind Tony Romo, Weeden was forced into action early in the season when Romo was injured in a Week 2 win against the Philadelphia Eagles. After the game, it was reported that Romo would miss an extended period of time, and that Weeden would take his place as the starter.
Weeden went 0-3 as a starter for the Cowboys before being let go. He was then claimed off waivers by the Houston Texans prior to Week 11 to back-up TJ Yates following Brian Hoyer’s injury. He was pressed into action when Yates was lost for the year to a knee injury and won two games for Houston in Weeks 15 and 16, before returning to the bench for the final week of the regular season and the Wild Card Playoff loss to the Chiefs.
That kind of experience would be tough on anybody, so how did Weeden deal with the constant ups and downs of the season?
“I got an opportunity to go to Dallas and you know I really didn’t think I played all that bad,” said Weeden on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones show. “When I came in for Tony, I played well off the bench, had the start against Arizona that we lost, and I didn’t play great. But, this past year I felt like the first two games I really kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win both games. In New England, maybe not as much, but they were rolling at the time, they were at full strength. I felt like I played so much better in Dallas than I did when I was in Cleveland. And then, obviously, they didn’t think that so they let me go and I went down to Houston and got another opportunity to go out and play a couple games and get a couple wins under my belt. For me personally, the way I handled it, I always compare them to playing baseball. I played baseball for years and I’ve given up plenty of home-runs. You have to have a short memory. It’s not going to be perfect. The NFL is a challenging league. Playing the quarterback position in the NFL is probably the hardest job in all of sports. You just have to have a short memory.”
The end of the Texans season came in rough fashion in a 30-0 playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, and in that game starter Brian Hoyer struggled mightily. Hoyer threw four interceptions and lost a fumble in the game. So, the guys question for Brandon, how many texts did he get during that game from family asking why he wasn’t put in?
“(laughing) Probably not as many as you would think,” said Weeden. “People that know me and know how I handle things, they understand that I understand the situations that may come about. I had some friends that obviously did voice their opinion. I gained a whole lot of respect for Brian Hoyer during that whole deal. When things aren’t going well, and you’re not having the night you want to have, there’s a lot of other things you’d rather be doing. He wanted to finish the fight with his guys, he wanted to stay out there and he didn’t care if he was getting booed. He wanted to continue to keep playing and fighting, so I understood that. The game was out of reach so, as much as I would have liked to have gone in and play a little bit, I understood where Brian was coming from as well.”