Brandon Weeden didn’t need long to express his feelings about being demoted from starting quarterback to backup.
“How do you think I took it? Obviously I’m pissed,” Weeden said. “But, you know, nature of this business.”
Coach Jason Garrett informed Weeden of the team’s decision on Tuesday to go with veteran Matt Cassel in the starting role for now. Cassel will make his Cowboys debut when they face the Giants in New York on Oct. 25.
Weeden, 31, went 0-3 in his three starts in place of Tony Romo, who fractured his left collarbone in Week 2. Weeden is coming off his worst game against New England on Sunday.
Weeden completed 26 of 39 passes for 188 yards with no touchdowns, an interception and a 67.0 passer rating in losing his 11th straight game as a starter dating to his 2012 rookie season in Cleveland.
The Cowboys offense averaged only 18 points a game with Weeden as a starter, and were held out of the end zone against the Patriots.
Asked if three games is a fair sample size, Weeden said: “I don’t know. That’s out of my control.”
Garrett said the Cowboys are making the change because they feel it’s in the best interest of the team. They still have playoff aspirations, and are hopeful to win at least a couple of games before Romo is ready to return.
Romo will miss at least four more games, and the Cowboys want to make sure they don’t have too much ground to make up when he’s ready to return.
Weeden declined to go into specifics of his meeting with Garrett, but said the coaching staff is well aware of his feelings about the decision. Weeden also wouldn’t comment on whether he is a victim of the Cowboys making a change for change’s sake, or if he felt like a scapegoat for the team’s three-game losing skid.
“You guys can dictate however you want to perceive it,” Weeden said. “I’m not going to comment on it. I don’t want to bring the attention to me. I don’t want to say something I shouldn’t say. I’ve got my feelings, I’m going to keep them to myself and go from there.
“I’m going to handle it the right way, I’m going to go about it the right way. I’m not going to make excuses, I’m not going to throw a pity party for myself. I’m a pro. I’m going to handle it the right way, and go back to business as usual.”
Weeden now returns to a backup role for the Cowboys, and said he’ll be ready should another opportunity come his way.
“Just be ready,” Weeden said. “I’m back in that position, you know one play away again, and it’s my role again.”