BEREA—Even though Brandon Weeden has thrown for over 300 yards two times through the first nine games of the season, he hasn't been coming up big late in games.
In the fourth quarter, Weeden is next to last in passer rating with a 63.2 quarterback rating. In fact, he is 32nd of 33 quarterbacks listed. The Cardinals have two quarterbacks listed higher than Weeden. The only quarterback Weeden is ahead of is Matt Schaub of the Texans. However, Schaub has only 31 passes attempted and the Texans are 7-1, needing not to throw late very often.
On the bright side, Weeden's yardage (2,008) is the third-most by an NFL rookie through the first nine games and is second among all rookies in passing yards, first downs (104) and completions of 20 or more yards with 29.
Overall, Weeden is doing slightly better. For the season he is 185-of-336 for 2,088 yards (55.1 pct.) with nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions. His overall rating is 67.9. He is ahead of just John Skelton of the Cardinals (65.8).
He thinks he's improving every week, regardless of what the statistics say.
"I feel that I'm getting better every week," Weeden said after practice Tuesday. "I'm frustrated because we've been in games that we could've won. In the position that I'm in when things are going great there is too much praise and when things are not going good, you get too much of the negativity."
Against the Ravens, Weeden was just 5-of- 11 for 33 yards. He missed Greg Little on fourth-and-two late in the game when he sailed a pass way over Little's head.
Weeden admitted part of the problem against the Ravens was "me missing throws"
Overall in the fourth quarter, Weeden is 51-of-93 (54.8 pct.) for 604 yards, including three touchdowns and five interceptions.
Shurmur says Weeden's numbers have to improve.
"They need to be better, especially in a situation where we need to come back," Shurmur said. "We need to improve there."
Shurmur said there's no magic formula to correct those numbers.
"You just go back to the business of getting him better and you look at all the mistakes for what they are," Shurmur said. "We look at the film based on the progressions and where the ball should have gone and the rhythm and the feet and all that stuff. You look at it and try to improve on it."
Weeden was asked what he needs to improve upon.
"I just need to do my part," he said. "I didn't do my part the entire game. I know we have to score touchdowns and make the routine plays. The reason (the great quarterbacks are great) is because they do the things they need to do to win games."
Shurmur said that he is happy with the way Weeden has accepted correcting his mistakes.
"He admits when he makes mistakes," Shurmur said. "That's when you have a chance to correct them and get better."