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  • 16 Jul
    导出博客文章BEREA, Ohio -- Brandon Weeden had a lot to prove. Before his second NFL season
    began, he had to convince some teammates, a new coaching staff and front office
    and many skeptical Cleveland fans he deserved to start. He desperately wanted to
    be their quarterback, the guy. On Tuesday, Weedens efforts were rewarded. Browns
    coach Rob Chudzinski selected Weeden as his starter, an announcement that erased
    any uncertainty -- and there wasnt much -- that the second-year QB would be
    behind centre for the Sept. 8 season opener against Miami. Weeden has spent the
    past few months doing everything he possibly could to win the job, and he did --
    fair and square. "Brandon has earned this," Chudzinski said, "and thats
    extremely important to me that he did. He has gained my complete trust. He has
    gained his teammates complete trust and this organizations trust. Were all
    behind him and well all be behind him to support him." Weeden, who survived a
    bumpy rookie season, took the news that he had beaten out veteran Jason Campbell
    in typical stride. Unlike a year ago, when he was essentially anointed as
    Clevelands No. 1 from the moment he was selected in the first round of the
    draft, Weeden had to fight for this. He immersed himself in the playbook to
    learn the Browns new system and performed at a high level during spring
    practices and summer training camp. If there was any doubt, Weeden removed by
    completing 18 of 25 passes for 229 yards with three touchdowns and no
    interceptions in two preseason games. Case closed. "Ive taken the steps that I
    needed to take to better myself," Weeden said. "But I have to keep continuing to
    work, keep continuing to do the things that Ive done all along up until this
    point to become that player that I want to be. Im not satisfied. I feel like I
    have a lot of work to do, and thats kind of my mindset moving forward." While
    there was widespread speculation outside of Clevelands locker room about whether
    Weeden should remain the starter, the Browns were certain he was up to the
    challenge. "I cant really say I had any doubt," wide receiver Josh Gordon said.
    "It seems as though hes the guy whos been here. Hes shown improvement ever since
    he got here, every day, every week, his commitment and work ethic. Hes
    definitely stepped up into that leadership role that everybody expects him to
    be. Hes doing a great job and were glad to have him. "Ive got 100 per cent faith
    in him." Chudzinski does as well. The 29-year-old Weeden has impressed his coach
    with every aspect of his game -- on and off the field. "I have been very pleased
    with how he has gone out," Chudzinski said. "He has taken the opportunity,
    seized the opportunity and produced. So I have been pleased from that standpoint
    and I think that he has garnered a lot of respect from, not only me, not only
    the coaching staff and the organization but from his teammates, as well." Weeden
    is just the fourth Browns quarterback -- and first since Charlie Frye in 2007 --
    to open consecutive seasons as the starter. Tim Couch (2000-01) and Kelly
    Holcomb (02-03) are the others. "I knew I had to impress the people that
    ultimately make the decisions," Weeden said. "Thats all 90 of us that are out
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    the things that I need to do to become a better player." Weeden now believes
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    said. "I feel like I have the support from players on up." While others wondered
    if he would succeed, Weeden said self-doubt was never a factor. "Ive always put
    the pressure on myself that I was going to be the guy," he said. "I was going to
    do everything I could to be the guy. I cant say that I ever doubted it. My
    mentality was that I was again going to take the bull by the horns and be the
    guy and do everything in my power to make it where they had no choice but to
    name me the guy." Hes the guy. NOTES: Chudzinski said RB Dion Lewis will likely
    be placed on season-ending injured reserve with a broken leg. Lewis had surgery
    on Monday to repair the fibula he broke during Thursday nights win over Detroit.
    ... As expected, LB Barkevious Mingo will sit out Saturdays game at Indianapolis
    with a bruised lung. Chudzinski said Mingo s medical evaluation "is an ongoing
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    went to hand; every time they played across the line, they were out lbw; every
    time it went in the air, it was caught. I can honestly say that I bowled much
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    like marble and with a 55-yard boundary straight, when I bowled 50-odd overs and
    got 0 for 152. Every player in our side came up to shake my hand in our dressing
    room because I bowled so well.Colin Cowdrey was a lovely man, a fine player, but
    he was not the strongest of characters and was very, very easily influenced as
    captain.If I had to choose between sidespin and bounce, Id pick bounce every
    time.I played in Manchester against a very strong Australian side - Bill Lawry,
    Ian Chappell, Doug Walters, Ian Redpath, Bob Cowper, Paul Sheahan, Barry Jarman
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    Id just turned 21. I thought: what way is that to bring on a young spinner? They
    brought Derek Underwood in.John Woodcock said that the three people in the world
    hed seen that enjoyed the game the most were Derek Randall, Pat Pocock and Garry
    Sobers.A few years ago a guy came up to me and said, Ive got a night at the
    Royal Albert Hall in September. Do you fancy doing the opening spot? It was
    blacked out, with two pin-spot lights into the middle of the stage. Ladies and
    Gentlemen, please welcome former Surrey and England cricketer, Pat Pocock. I
    walk out - 3000 people there, black-tie job - and sang For Once in Your Life by
    Frank Sinatra. That gave me a bigger buzz than playing in front of 100,000 at
    Eden Gardens.Getting knocked out by Unders was no crime, but in those days he
    was nowhere near the bowler that he became. In those days, they used to have the
    Man-of-the-Match awards split into two parts: bowler of the match and batsman of
    the match. Basil DOliveira won the batsman of the match and I won the bowler of
    the match [in Manchester]. We come to the next Test at Lords and we were both
    left out of the side.Jim Laker and Tony Lock were great bowlers, but the thing
    that made them even greater was, they bowled on hugely helpful wickets. Not only
    uncovered wickets but underprepared wickets as well. They turned square. They
    were masters of their craft, but even more so because of the pitches they played
    on. You had Laker and Lock, [Alec] Bedser and [Peter] Loader - great bowlers,
    bowling on result wickets, backed up with good batting, and because of that,
    Surrey won seven championships on the trot.I got Sobers out nine times, but
    never in Test matches. Id have liked to have got him out in a Test match.I went
    over to Transvaal, only for one season, just to see the country. I enjoyed it
    enormously. The cricket was very strong; a bit lopsided - I didnt see many
    spinners - but lots of quick bowlers and batsmen.A great big thick stone hit
    Tony Lock on the back of the head in Guyana [in 1967-68]. Wed just won the
    series and the crowd were rioting. Gold Leaf, the sponsors, were providing
    transport. I was with Locky and John Snow, and when the car eventually got
    through the crowd, there was a hail of bricks and sticks and pebbles and all
    sorts. We got in and the driver put his hand on the horn and drove straight at
    the crowd, with everyone leaping out of the way. We got about 100 yards before
    we stopped in the middle of more rioters throwing missiles toward the ground,
    thinking the players were still there. We were actually right in the middle of
    them, and we all slipped down under the seats and carried on.The best three
    players I bowled at were Richards, Richards and Sobers. Barry first, then Viv.I
    was one of the bigger spinners of the ball in the country. I used to bowl over
    the top, so I made the ball bounce a lot. If you put spin and bounce, with
    control, into your skill set, then youre going to do well on good wickets.The
    most unfortunate thing about my career was that I didnt play a single Test match
    between the ages of 29 and 37. If you interview any spinner that played for a
    long time, theyll tell you those were their prime years. When I was in the best
    form of my life, I didnt get picked.I never got out as nightwatchman for
    England, and Im quite proud about that.Day in, day out, in county cricket, Fred
    Titmus was the best offspinner I ever saw. He was a fantastic bowler, with
    control and flight and a good swinger. But in Test matches, because he wasnt a
    big spinner of the ball - and bearing in mind you played on pitches that were
    prepared for five days, not three - you didnt often have to worry about
    Fred.Since I was about five, I cant ever remember thinking I wanted to do
    anything else except play cricket. But all I was at five was keen. It was only
    about 12 when I thought perhaps I had a chance of playing professionally.I was
    very lucky. If you think that the average person in the England side today has
    probably played between 70 and 100 first-class matches - I played 554, so thats
    quite a lot.I had four people who helped me on my way up: Laker, Lock, Titmus
    and Lance Gibbs. Among them they had 7500 first-class wickets. I had lots of
    help and advice. Who have the players got today? Is it surprising weve barely
    got a spinner good enough for Test cricket?Mike Brearley was the best captain I
    played under, but the person I most enjoyed playing under was David Gower, by
    far. When I played under David, Id had over 500 first-class matches. He knew
    that I knew more about my bowling, and offspin bowling generally, than he would
    ever know, so he just let me get on with it. I didnt want to have to fight my
    captain to get the field I wanted.The most important part of your body for
    deceiving the batsman in the flight is your wrist. The wrist is a forgotten area
    of spin bowling.When I was first picked for England I was very much aware that
    there were a lot of senior players around. There havent been too many times in
    English cricket history when there were more great players in the side: Colin
    Cowdrey, Kenny Barrington, JJohn Edrich, Geoff Boycott, Tom Graveney, Jim Parks,
    Alan Knott, John Snow.ddddddddddddDougie Walters was a very difficult player to
    bowl at for a spinner.I was Titmus understudy. He was a quality bowler, but on
    that [1967-68 West Indies] tour he didnt bowl very well. I played against the
    Governors XI, virtually the Test team, and got six wickets for not many runs.
    Then I played against Barbados, who had nine Test players in their side, and got
    another six wickets. Suddenly all the press are writing: Is Pat Pocock going to
    get preferred to Fred? I thought I might be in line for a debut, and then of
    course he had the accident.Apart from Illy [Ray Illingworth], theres no other
    offspin bowler whos played more first-class matches than me.Playing in Madras in
    72-73, I bowled a slightly short ball to Ajit Wadekar, who got back and cut it
    for four. Next over, I bowled another one, slightly short, turned slowly, and
    again he cuts it square. I said to Tony Lewis, the skipper, I want a man out on
    the leg side in the corner. He said, But hes just hit you for two fours square!
    I said, I know, but Im not going to give him any more balls to hit. Im going to
    bowl a stump straighter and a yard fuller, but if I do, I want that fielder out
    there. He started to grumble and shake his head. It was his third Test match and
    Id played a couple of hundred first-class matches. I said, Dont argue. Just
    f****** do it. Ive got a reason.The best offspinner Ive ever seen, on Test match
    wickets, was Gibbs, because the spin and bounce he got were second to none. Hed
    always hit the shoulder or splice of the bat.I didnt ever want to play for any
    other county, but if I had done, Id have liked to have played for Glamorgan -
    not only because I was born in Wales but when you play for them you feel as
    though youre playing for more than a county. You feel as though youre playing
    for a country.Sylvester Clarke was the most feared man in world cricket. Viv
    Richards went into print saying he didnt like facing him. Viv says he didnt wear
    a helmet. He bloody did: he wore one twice against Surrey when Sylvester Clarke
    was playing. Fearsome, fearsome bowler. I played against Roberts, Holding,
    Daniel, Garner, Marshall, Patterson, Walsh, Ambrose - all of them. I faced Sylvs
    in the nets on an underprepared wicket, no sightscreen, no one to stop him
    overstepping. There was nobody as fearsome as Clarkey was. And everybody knew
    it.I captained Surrey because I felt I had to. Id done it 11 years before I was
    given the official captains job. I enjoyed the game too much and I didnt want
    anything to take my enjoyment away. But I looked around and thought there was no
    one else who could do it. We came second, which isnt too bad, although I did
    have a guy called Sylvester Clarke up my sleeve.Laker became a good friend. We
    worked together on commentary. He didnt come up to me and say, Youve got to do
    this, youve got to do that, but a few times a situation would arise and hed come
    up and make a suggestion.In the first two-thirds of my career, The Oval was a
    slow, nothing wicket. You could hardly ever, as a spinner, get the ball to
    bounce over the top of the stumps. A nightmare. It was the slowest thing you
    could possibly bowl on. If it did turn, it hit people halfway up the front leg.
    Then they relaid all the surfaces and it went from one of the slowest, lowest
    pitches to this rock-hard thing that didnt get off the straight. We even had a
    stage with Intikhab [Alam] playing and he couldnt get it off the straight.
    Sometimes we played county games twice on the same pitch to try and get it to
    turn.Greigy [Tony Greig] was the only player in the side whod have done that
    [run out Alvin Kallicharran in Guyana]. Umpire Douglas Sang Hue had no option
    but to give him out. He hadnt called time and he hadnt picked the bails up.
    There were a few in the side that thought it was beyond the pale, but no one
    said it. Sobers told Greigy he should leave the ground in his car with him,
    otherwise he might not make it back to the hotel in one piece.In Karachi, the
    students burned down the pavilion while we were still inside. The match and tour
    were called off. Tom Graveney playing a T20 game would be like entering a
    Rolls-Royce in a stock car race.I got 1607 wickets and John Emburey got 1608,
    both at 26 apiece, but he bowled 2000 more overs to get that wicket. His home
    ground was Lords, which, in those days, was an infinitely better place to bowl
    spinners than The Oval. He was a fine bowler, but he was defensive and I was
    attacking, and on some wickets I felt I had the edge over him.One year, Boycott
    had got 1300 runs in nine innings. We were playing Yorkshire at Bradford, and I
    had Graham Roope on Boycotts shoelaces on the off side, right on top of him. I
    ran up, bowled him off stump. As he walked past Roopey, he said, I cant play
    that bowling, me. Roopey told me that, and I said, Roopey, that ball did
    absolutely nothing. It didnt drift, didnt turn, he just played inside the
    line.As soon as Id played representative cricket for England Schools - I used to
    bat No. 5 - I thought I might have a chance.Kenny [Barrington] was a selfish
    player, but anyone who played like he did was always going to be more consistent
    than someone like Ted Dexter. He used to restrict himself to three shots, and
    thats why he didnt get out, whereas Ted played every shot in the book. Kennys
    going to be more consistent, but Dexter will win you more games.Closey [Brian
    Close] got one run in 59 minutes [at Old Trafford in 1976] and had the shit
    knocked out of him. He was in a terrible state when he came in. I got in as
    nightwatchman in the second innings and I didnt get out that night. Next
    morning, Im walking out with John Edrich and he asked me, Which end do you
    fancy? I told him Id have Andy Roberts end as he was a bit of light relief. John
    pisses himself laughing: I tell you now, if Andy Roberts is light relief then
    weve got problems. ' ' '