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Brandon Weeden upset with Cowboys' QB change

IRVING, Texas -- Brandon Weeden will take the demotion as the Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback, but that doesn’t mean he likes it.

“How do you think I feel? Clearly pissed,” Weeden said. “But you know what? I’m a pro. I’ll handle it the right way, go about it the right way. I’m not here to make excuses. I’m not going to throw a pity party for myself. I’m going to handle it the right way and go back to business as usual.”

Coach Jason Garrett told Weeden on Tuesday that Matt Cassel would take over as the starting quarterback Oct. 25 against the New York Giants. Weeden would not get into what he said during the meeting.

“I told him how I felt,” Weeden said. “They know how I feel. They know I’m pissed. Not a lot I can say.”

The Cowboys lost all three of Weeden’s starts -- he threw one touchdown pass and was intercepted twice as a starter. In four games overall this season, Weeden has completed 71 of 98 passes for 739 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

“Brandon’s a competitor,” Garrett said. “He wants to play. He did a lot of good things over the course of the last three weeks as the starter of this team. And there’s some things he really should be proud of in his performance. There’s 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 that’s 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 the football team.”

Weeden opened the season as Tony Romo’s backup and now will serve in that role behind Cassel.

“Just be ready,” Weeden said. “I’m back in that position, one play away again.”