Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer informs us this morning that her sources are saying that free-agent signee Jason Campbell will be given a shot to beat out incumbent starter Brandon Weeden for the starting quarterback spot.
“…head coach Rob Chudzinski said: “I feel good about the group. How all that plays out, we’ll see and know in time. I’m excited about Brandon and the progress he’s made thus far, learning the system to the point we are right now, which is still very early.
“I’ve also been pleased with Jason [Campbell] and the role he’s taken on being there.
“We want to give these guys every opportunity to succeed and give Brandon, since you are asking about him specifically, every opportunity to succeed.”
Pressed on whether the team is moving forward with Weeden as the intended starter, Chudzinski said: “We’re going to proceed as we’re proceeding right now.”
“Brandon is getting the reps with the first team and working with the first group. A lot of this will remain to be seen when we get into pads and we get into real football instead of the football where you run around in shorts on air.”
Campbell, as MKC mentions in the article, was 4-2 at the time of his injury in Oakland in 2011 and has a career record of 31-40 as a starter over eight seasons. Weeden was 5-10 as a starter last season, throwing for 3,385 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions for a QB Rating of 72.6, completing 57.4% of his passes. Campbell, an Aubrun product, has 76 career TDs, 52 INTs, and a career QB Rating of 82.5 while completing 61% of his passes in time with Washington, Oakland, and Chicago.
The Browns chose to go in a different direction than drafting a quarterback in the 2013 draft. Assuming that both Weeden and Campbell are both 2013 stopgaps, the team will likely look to the 2014 draft for a longterm answer under center.
If there is a changing of the guard and Weeden doesn’t become the first Browns QB to start back-to-back openers since Charlie Frye in 2006-2007, it will be seven different opening day starters in seven years for the Browns (Frye, Anderson, Quinn, Delhomme, McCoy, Weeden).