After three weeks as the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, Brandon Weeden is headed back to his backup role in one of a handful of bye week adjustments the Cowboys are implementing. When the team returns against the Giants in Week 7, Matt Cassel will get the start.
Predictably, Weeden didn’t welcome the news.
“Well, how do you think I took it?” Weeden told the team’s official website. “Obviously I’m pissed. It’s the nature of this business. I have to be ready. I’m back in that position. I’m one play away again. It’s my role again.”
Earlier in the week, head coach Jason Garrett--who knows more than any head coach just what it’s like to be a backup quarterback in the NFL--said ultimately, there were a lot of different reasons for the decision.
“Brandon is a competitor. He wants to play,” Garrett said. “He did a lot of good things over the course of the last three weeks as a starter for this team. There are some things he should really be proud of in his performance. There are some things obviously he needs to improve upon but that’s everybody on our football team. He’s a professional. He wants to play. He wants to be the guy who is in there but he understands the situation we’re in as a team, he understands the decision, he understands the motivation for the decision. We think it’s in the best interest of our football team and he took it like a pro.”