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Weeden is out

October 23, 2013 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND -- In what shouldn't be considered a surprising development, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski named Jason Campbell the starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Chiefs in Kansas City.

Chudzinski said that Campbell gives the Browns their best chance of success against the undefeated Chiefs. It's a major demotion for Brandon Weeden, who has struggled since taking over after Brian Hoyer tore knee ligaments.

"Looking at Jason, the things he brings to the table, his leadership and experience," Chudzinski said. "You look at his arm strength. You look at his mobility. From a game plan standpoint, (he's) what we need for this game and ultimately giving us the best chance."

Chudzinski surprisingly said that Weeden has progressed this season. He didn't rule out a return to Weeden, saying that the position will be evaluated on a weekly basis.

"It's about production and ultimately being consistent," Chudzinski said.

Campbell becomes the 20th quarterback to start for the Browns since their return to the NFL in 1999. He's the third starter this season. Weeden started the first two games. Hoyer started the next three after Weeden sprained his right thumb. Weeden came off the bench when Hoyer went down against the Bills and led the way to a comeback 37-24 win.

Weeden started the last two games -- against the Lions and Packers. The Browns are 0-4 in game in which Weeden has started and 3-0 in games in which Hoyer started. in fairness to Weeden, he played most of the game against the Bills.


Article Comments



Oct-23-13 2:35 PM

Another losing quarterback bites the dust, in Cleveland. It's hard to be a winning quarterback, if you don't have a good front line to protect you. Until the offensive front line protects the quarterback better, no quarterback is going to succeed in Cleveland. All top winning quarterbacks have front lines that protects them. If your running for your life, it's hard to be accurate in your passing game. But when you let money decide who you draft, you will end up a loser. But who cares, if you got the stadium packed every home game. So why spend big money drafting someone that could turn things around? Football is a business and it's not good for business if it's not going to improve your profit margin. Modell set the pattern in Cleveland, and every owner has followed his pattern. When attendance goes way down, then things will change. Cleveland fans have been ripped off by the owners time and time again. Browns fans are very loyal to their team, and they get taken advantage of.


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