Brandon Weeden, in explaining some of his high throws in Dallas, lamented the fact that the Browns ran some routes in the 23-20 overtime loss that weren’t practiced during the week.
“There’s a couple of routes we ran on Sunday for the first time all week and that’s not fair to me, it’s not fair to the receivers, it’s not fair to any of us, because when you’re getting thrown in the fire and the bullets are flying…,” Weeden trailed off and went on to explain that his elbow was low on some of the high throws.
In response to the route issue, Shurmur said, “I disagree with some of that because I do think that we make an effort of the ones we’re going to call we practice. A lot of the plays that we practice, we’ve been running all year and you run them in training camp. It’s nearly impossible with the amount of time and then the length of the season to practice every single thing multiple times. You see it going on behind me (after practice) right now. They spend extra time working on the individual routes. That’s what you’ve got to do.”
Weeden acknowledged that it’d be impossible to cover every route in practice.
“These guys can’t run forever,” he said. “You want to make sure they’re fresh throughout the week. And so if we’re doing routes and I throw Josh (Cooper) a comeback, when we get in team period I probably won’t throw it to him. I’ll probably make him my backside read just so I can throw other routes to other guys. You try to spread them out and you know what you’re throwing. You’ve just got to be constant about it because most plays we only run once a practice.
“That means you’re throwing to one receiver. That means two or three receivers aren’t getting a touch, aren’t getting a catch, they’re not getting the ball thrown their way. That’s tough on them, so (it’s) just limited amount of reps. We can’t be out there for three hours and we can’t go out and run every single route and make every throw. It’s tough. That’s why I like to do it after practice, walk through them or whatever. And you look at guys like Peyton Manning, that’s what he does. Those guys are on point because he takes a lot of pride in being on time with all of his guys.”