It was just two months ago that Brandon Weeden was filling in for an injured Tony Romo and trying to lead the Dallas Cowboys to the playoffs.
Now, Weeden relishes the fact that owner Jerry Jones and the Cowboys will be watching postseason football from home. Oh, and chances are that he and his new team are still going to be playing come January.
Weeden started three games for Dallas this season, going 0-3 with just one touchdown pass and two interceptions. Weeden wound up losing the starting job to Matt Cassel and was the odd man out when Romo returned from his collarbone injury in mid-November.
The Houston Texans claimed Weeden off waivers to gain depth at the quarterback position. Little did they know the 32-year-old would start important games for them down the stretch.
Weeden took over for an injured T.J. Yates in a Week 15 showdown with the Indianapolis Colts, a game that determined who controlled the AFC South. Weeden helped the Texans to a 16-10 victory and followed with a strong performance in a 34-6 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Now, Houston, which started the season 2-5, is on the brink of the playoffs.
On Monday, Weeden made his regular appearance on Oklahoma City's 107.7 The Franchise to talk football. When he was asked whether it was "extra satisfying" to see the Cowboys eliminated from playoff contention while he has helped put his current team in position to make the postseason, Weeden didn't shy away from the question.
"I mean, yeah. Absolutely," Weeden said, via Shalise Manza Young of Shutdown Corner. "We get to play extra football, and he'll be watching on his couch. That's what it's all about. We're playing for something, and this is a fun time of the year."
Making the postseason, if it happens, will be a great feeling for Weeden. Knowing that Jones and the Cowboys are in last place in the NFC East with no chance of escaping the cellar must add to the satisfaction.
Jones, who said in October Weeden was too conservative, didn't have an issue with his former quarterback's comments. In an interview with Dallas' 105.3 The Fan (via Tania Ganguli of ESPN) on Tuesday, Jones responded to Weeden's remarks:
If you recall his parting shot was when they asked how he felt about his time here, he said he was pissed, the quote. I like that. The thing that you wanted from him was competitiveness, caring, really getting in there and getting angst about it and really passionate about it. Boy, you got to have it there. It's manifested in many different ways. It doesn't have to come out in a real vocal way, but it's got to be there. And, so, I'm really proud for him. I thought that was outstanding.
Jones didn't say so, but now that Weeden has a Texas team not named the Cowboys on the verge of a playoff berth, he has to be a little salty about the way things turned out. And, on the other hand, Weeden is getting a kick out of the situation.