Created on Monday, 14 October 2013 Written by TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns won't toss quarterback Brandon Weeden aside.
Weeden, who threw an inexcusable, underhanded interception in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Detroit Lions, will keep his job for at least one more week, coach Rob Chudzinski said Monday.
With the Browns down just seven points, Weeden, trying to avoid a sack, flipped the ball toward fullback Chris Ogbonnaya near the sideline but it was picked off by linebacker DeAndre Levy, all but sealing Detroit's win.
However, despite the gaffe, Chudzinski said he has no intentions to bench Weeden and plans to start him next Sunday in Green Bay.
"This was one game," Chudzinski said. "I thought that Brandon played well in spurts and at times he obviously made critical mistakes. It's just not one guy."
Chudzinski said he never discussed the possibility of making a switch to backup Jason Campbell. Chudzinski said there was plenty of blame to be shared as Cleveland had its three-game winning streak stopped.
The Browns were outscored 24-0 in the second half.
"There are some things we need to fix," Chudzinski said. "Obviously, we need to come out in the second half and play better. I think the energy is there, the emotion is there. We just have to come out and execute better in parts of the third quarter."
Weeden returned to the starting lineup Sunday after Brian Hoyer sustained a season-ending knee injury.
Chudzinski said Weeden's teammates have not lost confidence in him "at all." Chudzinski said the team needs to work with Weeden on "cutting out the critical mistakes."