Browns news: Chud refuses to guarantee Weeden starting job

The drama continues.

The day after trading Trent Richardson and naming third-stringer Brian Hoyer the starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Vikings, Browns coach Rob Chudzinksi danced around the whether or not second year quarterback Brandon Weeden will be resume the starters role when he returns from his sprained thumb, Mary Kay Cabot reports.

Conventional wisdom says a player shouldn’t lose his job to injury, but the conventional wisdom may not take into account Brandon Weeden’s poor play. Weeden has looked terrible in two games this season, throwing for 516 yards (47-86, 54% passing) with one touchdown and three interceptions. Weeden has also been sacked eleven times and the Browns have scored just 16 points in two games.

Weeden, 29, injured his thumb late in Sunday’s 14-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Ruled a sprain, Weeden has seen a hand specialist but it seems his injured thumb won’t require surgery. Hoyer, 27, last started on December 30 of 2012, then a member of the Arizona Cardinals, in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He was 19-of-34 for 225 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

[Related: Joe Banner’s Browns have not earned the benefit of the doubt]

  • MrCleaveland

    I get a worrisome vibe that Chud is being strongly encouraged to do this by the front office and he’s going along with it against his own judgment. No proof, just a feeling. You don’t see many rookie coaches do this kind of stuff.

    Chud is either very soft and pliable or very strong and self-confident.

  • Big Z

    If Hoyer goes out there and plays better than Weeden then it makes sense to keep him as the starter, so why would he guarantee Weeden’s job? He’s been terrible.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Didn’t see this one coming a mile away!


  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I don’t care for the people who make personnel decisions to play games or look like it we’ve seen this enough in Cleveland the past 14 years and unfortunately it looks like the trend is continuing.

  • Kildawg

    No sense in guaranteeing Weeden would return as the starter due to (lack of) performance. Then again my conspiracy could also come into play as Weeden goes on the IR with the sprained thumb. Ligaments can take a while to heal after all…