Posted October 23, 2013

Brandon Weeden’s time runs out in Cleveland; Jason Campbell named starting QB

AFC North, Cleveland Browns
Jason Campbell, 31, (top) is just one year older than Brandon Weeden, the Browns' first-round pick in 2012.

Jason Campbell, 31, (top) is just one year older than Brandon Weeden, the Browns’ first-round pick in 2012. (Tony Dejak/AP)

The Brandon Weeden era appears to be over in Cleveland … again.

Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski announced that Jason Cambpell would receive the start at quarterback over Weeden in Week 8, for a road game against the undefeated Chiefs. Chudzinski said that he believed Campbell “gives [the Browns] the best chance to win,” according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Weeden, the No. 22 pick in last year’s draft, held the No. 1 QB job entering the season despite posting a 5-10 record in that role last year. But he struggled again in Weeks 1 and 2 before a thumb injury sidelined him in Week 3. That opened the door for Brian Hoyer, who stepped in and guided the Browns to three straight wins. Hoyer then suffered a season-ending ACL injury, prompting Chudzinski to turn back to Weeden.

Two more defeats changed the coach’s mind.

The rather unbelievable side note in all of this: Campbell, an eight-year NFL vet, is just one year older than Weeden — 31 years to 30. So giving Campbell control of the offense is not quite the mortgage of the future it would be in places like New York (Geno Smith), Buffalo (EJ Manuel) or Miami (Ryan Tannehill).

Cleveland linebacker D’Qwell Jackson told Ulrich on Monday that Weeden had been rattled by the rampant criticism surrounding him.

“I’d by lying if I said he wasn’t,” Jackson said. “I’m pretty sure he is. You try to block out the noise and can’t avoid it. It comes with the territory. It comes with being in this league. It’s a big-boy league. You’ve got to take the good with the bad. People are going to love him when he plays well and people are going to try to run him out of Cleveland if he doesn’t, and that goes for all of us. But it comes with the territory, especially playing in Cleveland.”

Weeden still has two years remaining on his rookie contract, but his age coupled with his failures under two different coaching staffs all but seals his fate. The Browns added an extra 2014 first-round pick by trading away RB Trent Richardson earlier this season, the general consensus being that they were loading up to shoot for a quarterback.

In the meantime (at least for one week), Campbell will get his chance. He took a loss in his only start for the Bears last season and has a career 31-40 record. Campbell has thrown for nearly 15,000 yards in the pros, though, and has shown some ability to win football games — something Weeden has not yet been able to do.

Cleveland has two games left before its Week 10 bye: at Kansas City on Sunday, then home versus Baltimore on Nov. 3. The Browns currently sit at 3-4, just two games back in the AFC North and only one out of a wild-card spot. Unfortunately, their situation has become much more dire over the past couple of weeks, with Hoyer’s injury leading into back-to-back losses.

A switch from Weeden to Campbell may be little more than rearranging the Titanic’s deck chairs. But it almost certainly means that Chudzinski is ready to permanently pull the plug on Weeden.

30 comments
Holden
Holden

Were I a Browns fan, and I am NOT, I'd be screaming for Tebow Time!  Jason Campbell is just what his record says he is--a LOSER.  Why would the Browns give up when they're still in the hunt?

JPSmall
JPSmall

Quick: how many offensive coordinators has Jason Campell had since college?


opinionhated
opinionhated

Good thing they drafted Colt Mcoy. Wait, what?

metalhead65
metalhead65

if they think wheeden is bad wait til they see what happens what happens when campbell plays. he was brought in to be a "real" backup qb for the bears last year and made caleb hanie look good!  if I were wheeden I would I would suddenly have a back injury that will prevent me from playing the rest of the year. if they have moved on it's time for him to also.

Michael223
Michael223

Weeden MVP next year. Take it to the bank

boulin99
boulin99

I am happy WeedINT is done, but not really fair to say Hoyer guided Browns to 3 wins.  He barely played the third win, and the Browns were losing when he came out.

GregSamick
GregSamick

Campbell can't do any worse than Weeden.

Neither are the answer to getting this team back to the Playoffs and beyond.

But, you have to see what you have right now. Weeden is not a NFL quarterback.

He lacks everything it takes to become a elite quarterback in the NFL.

You can't keep running him out there. He has lost the faith from his coaches and fellow players.

Maybe Campbell can spark this team to at least be a .500 team and hope for good draft picks next year. Only way to know for sure is to run him out there.

joeb1234a
joeb1234a

HEY MR WEEDEN.  YOU HAVE GREAT AIM, BEST EVER.  IF YOU PROMISE YOURSELF YOU'LL THROW THE BALL WITHIN 3 SECONDS OF GETTING IT - YOUR WHOLE LIFE WILL CHANGE.  THAT'S YOUR ISSUE, OVER 3 SECONDS ITS RISKY FOR YOU.  PRACTICE THE YOUR 3 SECOND RULE - EVERYTIME - AND YOU'LL BE A SUPERSTAR.  MAY BE HARD AT FIRST BUT WATCH WHAT HAPPENS.   DON'T BE AFRAID HAVE FUN AND REMEMBER 3 SECONDS SIR.  MF

x72
x72

Had one of the worst performances in NFL history vs the packers this past Sunday. Guy is stealing $ from the franchise.

FUCKYoubiatch
FUCKYoubiatch

Cleveland Browns will upset the hype-job Kansas City Chiefs that have played 7 bad Teams. 

Sulkaman
Sulkaman

"Next year" can't get here soon enough.  This team has weapons. A very improved defense.  The QB position is so critical to success though.  As you saw even when Hoyer was playing well. The team was winning. Now with the remaining two QBs, I'd be surprised if they can win 5 games this year.

Bucky182
Bucky182

Can't help but feel bad for a guy like Joe Thomas.

ddoriang
ddoriang

Typo in the 2nd second makes me cry..Take a few minutes to check your spelling :(.

fmfrijoles
fmfrijoles

Hope that Browns OL is good....because Campbell is slow in his reads, in his delivery, and inaccurate with his long ball.

Kopernicus
Kopernicus

Pathetic.  I guess the Browns will continue to trade first round picks to try again the next year or bench them altogether.

I would bet no team in the NFL has a worse record of first-round busts than the Browns.

You look at the Browns fan blogs from a year ago and Trent Richardson and Weeden were the second coming of Jim Brown and Joe Montana.  Of course those same fans are the most vocal critics of each of them today.

Best thing that can happen?  

The Browns move to London.


Krivka
Krivka

Do you really pay attention to the NFL? Of course Weeden will be gone soon, Campbell is playing for a back-up spot at the MOST next year.  Hoyer and the one of the two QBs the Brown's will draft next year will be competing to start. I doubt that Campbell will be on the team though. The Browns will draft two WRs and may get one first if Mariota or Bridgewater are off the board. Evans, Watkins, Lee are all good choices. But there are a number of teams that are playing to lose, so I think both of them will be off the board when the Browns pick. NOBODY is going to trade the number 1 and 2 picks for the Brown's draft and for the sake of the Brown's there don't need to. Six QBs are worthy of consideration after those two. If the Brown's see either not he board, they can go in a lot of directions.

LeTick
LeTick

"General consensus" is redundant.  A consensus is general.

olansuddeth
olansuddeth

Can't believe that it took this long to make this decision.  Campbell is no superstar, of course, but he's been a serviceable NFL quarterback. 

Don't think that the low-talent teams (and multitude of different OCs that he's played under) hasn't influenced that starting record he carries.  Don't forget that he was playing quite well in Oakland before he got hurt - and the Raiders mortgaged everything on Carson Palmer to fill his shoes (which Palmer failed to do).

MarkBlackford
MarkBlackford

Weeden is just to indecisive and his passes are like 2/3 the speed of any good quarterback. 

sunalsorises
sunalsorises

Things are bad a quarterback when Lando Calrissian gets the nod.

clt0002
clt0002

@metalhead65 I'm not sure how he has the choice to "move on" as you say. Brandon Weeden will never start for an NFL team again, probably. It actually shows how terrible he is. He has been given the chance to start on 3 different occasions and was a disaster. I'm sure he will "move on" next year but it certainly won't be his choice. 

Marty2
Marty2

@Sulkaman The QB you need to make you a contender is not now on the team.  You are going to have to try the draft again.  There should be  2 or 3 QBs in the next draft that can turn teams into winners.  Personally, I wish my Lions would trade ours and try again with new draft picks.  You just need to stink enough to get a high draft pick.  If you win, you lose - remember that.

EricWelsh
EricWelsh

@Kopernicus You must be reading the wrong blogs, because on Dawgs By Nature most of us were horrified at a first round RB pick and confused with the Weeden pick. (Both Holmgren forced picks). Sure we were as behind them as we could be once the decisions were made--that's what fans do you know, root for their team.

I don't recall anyone saying "
Trent Richardson and Weeden were the second coming of Jim Brown and Joe Montana" but maybe you were just on one of the mouth-breather blogs I try to avoid. :P