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Chudzinski won’t be pinned down on QB choice

Rob Chudzinski AP

If new Browns coach Rob Chudzinski is leaning one way or another at quarterback, it’s hard to tell.

Chudzinski did his best to tap-dance around questions about the future of Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell during an interview on 92.3 The Fan, effectively not taking any position at all.

I’m pleased with his progress. His approach has been outstanding,” Chudzinski said of Weeden, via the Canton Repository.

He added that coaches were “working on [Weeden’s] mechanics and speeding up his delivery, . . . just getting to know him.”

Asked directly if Campbell has a chance to start, Chudzinski replied: “We’ll just see as we go forward. I expect both of these guys to compete. I don’t know any other way.”

The Browns are practically obligated to find out if Weeden’s capable of owning the job on his own, even though the current staff wasn’t the one that drafted him in the first round last year.

Guys such as Campbell, and usually Campbell himself, are available annually, and if they need to turn to him this season, it seems reasonable they’d be ready to re-invest in the position a year from now.

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16 Responses to “Chudzinski won’t be pinned down on QB choice”
  1. lbcoach34 says: May 3, 2013 8:41 AM

    How can you commit at this point in the season?!??!

    The Patriots, Broncos, Packers, and a few others can commit – not Cleveland

  2. dawgpoundjedi says: May 3, 2013 8:55 AM

    Chrissakes… just name him the starter already, and say so in public. Enough of this non-committal crap… you have to find out if he can be the long term answer this season, period. It determines our entire draft next season. Everyone knows it.

    Being a diehard Browns fan is so exasperating. LOL

  3. nomoreseasontix says: May 3, 2013 8:57 AM

    As anyone knows, if you actually put Campbell on the field, you’ve definitely got problems.
    I thought he was bad to mediocre when he was here in Oakland, but he was terrible in Chicago…

  4. saints4life57 says: May 3, 2013 9:13 AM

    I like Weeden so I wish him all the best! I think he will be much better this year and win the job hands down! But never hurts to light a fire under his butt with some pressure! In the long run it is just going to make him a better player for the Browns!

  5. clebrowntown says: May 3, 2013 9:20 AM

    By any chance did you notice they did not use a pick on a QB Darrin?

  6. sean222 says: May 3, 2013 9:37 AM

    Listen, just like the Redskins did with RG3, this offense now fits the QB. In a fast paced, down the field, shot gun oriented offense, Weeden threw 65 touchdowns. This will suit his skill set and the players around him are much better than people think. Bess, Gordon and Benjamin will do great in this system and the TE drafted last year will excel. This takes pressure off the running game and it will make defenses guess. Let’s enjoy the ride.

  7. borophyll says: May 3, 2013 11:10 AM

    I’m not saying Weeden is “the guy,” but there’s never been a day where Jason Campbell woke up and was a more talented QB than Brandon Weeden. I mean, in terms of arm strength and accuracy, it’s not even close.

  8. pkoh15 says: May 3, 2013 11:30 AM

    Jordan Cameron is goin into his third year actually….and what upsets me is that Brandon Weeden gets no recognition for his rookie season…he had more passing yards than every rookie QB besides Andrew Luck and had more passing TDs than Tannehill….if u take away RGIII and Luck who are freaks of nature…..And Wilson who thrived in a perfect system for him(and might have had a fluke season), Weeden is the best rookie QB. And TRich wins rookie of the year.

  9. mythaimyke says: May 3, 2013 11:48 AM

    Campbell! Never was a NFL QB! Weeden has nothing to worry about, except injury.

  10. ajschn06 says: May 3, 2013 12:45 PM

    pkoh15 says:
    May 3, 2013 11:30 AM
    Jordan Cameron is goin into his third year actually….and what upsets me is that Brandon Weeden gets no recognition for his rookie season…he had more passing yards than every rookie QB besides Andrew Luck and had more passing TDs than Tannehill….if u take away RGIII and Luck who are freaks of nature…..And Wilson who thrived in a perfect system for him(and might have had a fluke season), Weeden is the best rookie QB. And TRich wins rookie of the year.
    ———————————————-

    So if you take away the 3 best rookie QBs, then Weeden is the best rookie QB? Solid logic…

  11. coop16 says: May 3, 2013 1:32 PM

    Neither of these guys can play. The Browns will be using their first-round pick on a QB in 2014. Which is not necessarily a bad thing; next year’s QB class is supposed to be much better than this year’s. Until then, the team just needs to keep growing. The 2012 Browns were the youngest team in the NFL; the 2013 Browns probably will be, too. Get the young guys some experience, add whatever talent you can find, and maybe eventually the Browns will start resembling a competitive NFL team. Oh, and consider keeping the same front office, coaching staff and defensive scheme together for more than two years. Doing a complete rebuild every other year doesn’t work, a fact which all the other teams know but which has somehow escaped the Browns.

  12. bigbensbailbondsman says: May 3, 2013 3:02 PM

    ajschn06 says:

    “So if you take away the 3 best rookie QBs, then Weeden is the best rookie QB? Solid logic…”

    It’s actually better logic than you think. The point is that Weeden came out during one of the best QB draft classes in recent history. Weeden threw for 3385 yards, 14 TDs and 17 INT with a rating of 72.6. If he had come out in 2011, he would’ve easily been the 3rd best rookie QB, behind Newton and Dalton. If he had come out in 2010, he would’ve been a close 2nd to Sam Bradford. If he had come out in 2009, he would’ve been the top QB in the class, ahead of Stafford, Sanchez and Freeman.

    The point is that you can’t measure a player’s real value or ability by comparing him to the players who come out with him. Historically speaking – especially considering he was in a system that didn’t fit him with a lot of young players around him – Weeden had a very respectable rookie season. To act like he isn’t any good because he wasn’t as good as the top rookie QBs of this decade, just because he was drafted during the same year, is complete ignorance.

  13. kwjsb says: May 3, 2013 6:11 PM

    As a Browns fan this has been going on for years and is destructive, pick a guy and support him.

    Tim Couch takes us to the play-off sand Holcombe has a one time moster game it starts, Garcia Frye, Frye Anderson, Anderson/Quinn, Delholme/Wallace/McCoy, McCoy /Wallace, McCoy/Weeden…

    Lets stop the cycle and let a guy learn and improve with-out feeling like 1 foot is out the door !!

  14. cl3v says: May 3, 2013 11:04 PM

    The Browns are a total and complete joke. I don’t know what’s worse: The 15 straight years of rebuilding, or the apologist fans that are Greg Brady positive about every move and remind us fans who live in reality, to see the silver lining in this year’s manufactured QB controversy.

  15. dawgswillhunt says: May 4, 2013 9:21 AM

    There is no controversy. Weeden is the guy.

    If you would listen to Joe Banner’s pressers this would be obvious.

    I don’t know why the writers on this site can’t seem to figure it out. Maybe they are just trying to stir the pot because the news is slow and they need people to read their drivel. Maybe they can’t understand plain English. Maybe they read Mary Kay Cabot and actually think she knows something. I don’t know. But seriously, listen to Banner’s pressers. He is shooting you straight. Unless Weeden comes out and seriously sh**s down his legs in camp, he is the guy.

  16. oldcracker says: May 4, 2013 2:58 PM

    I know Colt McCoy is gone but still think Weeden should be given the same opportunities that was afforded Colt.

    Colt, with his quick mind and weaker arm, should have been a fit in Shurmur’s WCO. Shurmur just couldn’t reign in his ego enough to see that.

    I hope Colt (really good team plyr and nice guy) does well in S.F., and I hope Weeden finally puts it together in Cleveland. As a Browns fan of over 60 years, I do hope they finally do well, regardless of QB.

    However, may Pat Shurmur rot wherever he’s at.

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