Although Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden felt sick, he didn’t allow a hoarse voice to prevent him from delivering his message.

Not only did Weeden refrain from canceling his appearance Monday at the Cleveland Auto Show despite an illness, but he also reported to the I-X Center earlier than expected. Before signing footballs and trinkets for fans alongside former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, Weeden faced the media and said he’s “absolutely” confident he’ll win the starting quarterback job, no matter who is acquired to compete with him this offseason.

“I completely expect to be the starter,” Weeden said during his first interview with local reporters since the hiring of Browns coach Rob Chudzinski. “That’s my mindset going in. I’m confident in my ability to be the guy, to lead this football team.”