NFL News: Browns to start Jason Campbell at QB

Well, you asked for it Browns fans, and now it is here. Head Coach Rob Chudzinski has formally announced that he will turn the ball over to Jason Campbell this week in Kansas City against the Chiefs and their #1 ranked defense. Campbell, the 31-year old veteran, will be the third different Brown to start at QB this season, joining Brian Hoyer and the now twice benched Brandon Weeden.

According to Chudzinski, the QB position will continue to be evaluated week to week going forward, which leaves the door open for a return of Weeden if Campbell should fail. Chud also dropped the “gives us the best chance to win” card when talking about his decision to make the switch to Campbell.

The former first round pick of the Washington Redskins in 2005 is 31-40 as a starter. His last start came for Chicago last season on a Monday night in San Francisco. It was not Campbell’s best showing as his team was destroyed 32-7 and he went 14-22 for just 107 yards, one TD, two INTs, while being sacked six times.

Campbell will become the 20th different player to start at Quarterback for the Browns since 1999, a number that is staggering.



  • The_Real_Shamrock

    It kind of feels like deja vu especially when Chudzinski does his Monday morning autopsy but I actually like this coaching staff as compared to many since 1999. They just don’t have enough players most assuredly play makers. I’m hoping this offseason to see an actual draft along with more free agent signings. I’m a strong advocate of using the draft to select play makers while using free agency on the nuts and bolts – OL, DL – proven guys.

  • mgbode

    it’s Campbell, so regardless of the defense, we will see alot of dinking and dunking. I think Norv cuts alot of Cameron’s routes short so that he can get a piece of that action 🙂

  • RGB

    I’m dancing on the inside.
    It’s important that I maintain my image of disappointed stoicism.

  • mgbode

    tasting…hmmm, needs more Sooner

  • C-Bus Kevin

    Draft a QB with your first pick every year until one works out. It’s the only solution that makes sense to me. It’s the most important position to fill. Make it the only priority until it’s filled.

  • RGB

    Or use all 12 (or so) picks on quarterbacks this year. One is bound to work out.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    Unless you count our third win as a Weeden Win (he did play the majority of the units and was the only QB to lead our team to a score that day.)

  • EZ

    I wouldn’t say I’m happy about this. It’s still Jason Campbell. I’d say I’m significantly less sad.

  • Garry_Owen

    But this opens the door to even “funner” math:
    For if Weeden gives the Browns a 0% chance of winning, and Campbell multiplies that chance by 10, 100, or even 1,000,000 percent, then the chance is still zero (which is, I think, the actual mathematical formula for “hope” in Cleveland).

  • Garry_Owen

    But that presumes a 1 in 12 chance of success. As demonstrated in the discussion above, the Browns haven’t hit on 1 in 20 QBs since their return. Based on this prior performance, I think we would need at least 21 draft picks for these odds to begin shifting in our favor.

  • Harv 21

    Last time anyone danced for Jason Campbell I’m guessing he was out with Pacman Jones.

  • RGB

    Hmmm, ok…
    Then, also sign 8 undrafted free agent QBs.

  • RGB


  • nj0

    This was my theory a few years back. Each year, use all your draft picks on one position.

    Year one: QB
    Year two: OL
    Year three: CB
    Year four: LB
    Year five: DL
    Year six: WR
    Year seven: RB
    Year eight: TE
    Year nine: start over

    Alter the order as you see fit.

  • MallaLubba

    Well, color me a fool. What in the world was I thinking when I said that they’d just status quo this thing and finish out the season?

  • nj0

    I’m okay with all this if we all just agree to stop acting like any of this matters.

    As long as Jeff Garcia continues to be the most successful quarterback that this franchise has seen, we will be insignificant.

    And say what you will about Mangini, but his coin-flip starter decision remains the defining metaphor for the Browns QB situation since the mid-80’s.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m expecting more offensive misery which means way to much time on the field for the defense. The Chiefs just have entirely more defenders double Cameron let Carr play Gordon and if he needs help roll a safety that way. After that all out assault on the QB.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    You stole that from Heckert that’s why he wanted a five year plan! Drafting really isn’t as hard as this football team makes it appear.

  • Tim Couch

    I was better than Garcia. Not that anyone remembers but I did take this team to the playoffs (sort of).

  • nj0

    Anyone and everyone who QB’d for the Browns lost with the Browns. Garcia is the only QB to go on to any form of success after leaving Cleveland.

  • mgbode

    we’ll never have good safeties!!!

  • nj0

    So it’s a nine year plan instead of an eight.


    But, at least Derek Anderson took this s**t serious!

  • simond

    I wonder what the walrus thinks of this move…

  • EZ

    Yeah, but that’s just because nothing’s funny to him.

  • M. Bison

    Serious question: From watching Weeden’s highlights when he played at Oklahoma St. he wasn’t very good. Why did we draft him?

  • Sam

    Hopefully there will be a “Sports Science” segment about the backhanded flip.

  • Petefranklin

    Twas Romeo.

  • Big Z

    I can’t believe they haven’t added a #3 QB. If Campbell gets hurt (entirely possible against KC), we’ll have to watch the Weedster trot out there and poop himself again. Get another QB!

  • @TheDeePagel

    We have plans to.

    In April.


  • turnercr

    Just another stop-gap. 20th QB since the return. What a joke. All in for Mariota 2014

  • turnercr

    I was just at the scrip club. Bein’ rebellion