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Chudzinski not ready to name Brandon Weeden as starter

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden has taken every first-team snap in training camp. He completed 10 of 13 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown in the Browns’ preseason opener against the St. Louis Rams last week. However, that’s still not enough for head coach Rob Chudzinski to say Weeden will be the team’s starter come Week 1 of the regular season.

According to Tom Withers of the Associated Press, Chudzinski says the battle for the starting job between Weeden and Jason Campbell remains “close.”

”There’s a point where I will name a starting quarterback,” Chudzinski said. ”I am not ready to do it yet.”

It still appears to be Weeden’s job to lose. If there truly is a competition for the starting job, Campbell will need to get more involved in the first-team offense in the coming weeks. If Weeden continues to take all the work it seems highly unlikely he wouldn’t be the team’s starter against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 8.

Weeden started 15 games for Cleveland as a rookie last season. He completed 57.4-percent of his passes and threw for 3,385 yards with 14 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

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46 Responses to “Chudzinski not ready to name Brandon Weeden as starter”
  1. commonsensedude says: Aug 14, 2013 1:01 AM

    From the guys who brought you The 30 Year-Old Rookie comes the new summer comedy Coach’s Just Not That Into You. Now playing in Cleveland.

  2. skoobyfl says: Aug 14, 2013 1:15 AM

    Down with the Browns.

  3. mayorstafford says: Aug 14, 2013 1:17 AM

    Campbell is terrible. No chance he’s even being considered. Chudzinski would never be a very good encyclopedia salesman.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 14, 2013 1:23 AM

    I’ll take whatever is behind Curtain #3.

  5. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 14, 2013 1:29 AM

    He must be smoking some Weeden.

  6. tinbender2000 says: Aug 14, 2013 1:36 AM

    Don’t know anything about Weeden but I thought Campbell looked good in Oakland, I was hoping they would keep him.

  7. pmars64 says: Aug 14, 2013 1:42 AM

    He looked good last week against vanilla defenses. So what? All that matters is that he is auditioning for the job all season. With a front office that apparently wants to undermine him with leaks to the press about how badly he’s been doing in training camp, he’ll have to be stellar this season. He’s lucky Turner went to bat for him and that the 2013 QB draft class was weak. He’s got the arm, no doubt. Now does he have the brains? We’ll see. I’m hoping he does if only because I don’t want to go through ANOTHER season of a rookie QB learning the ropes while the Browns tread water (at best) AGAIN. Browns have more talent than they’ve had in some time. Hopefully, they have the QB to match.

  8. elimanningup says: Aug 14, 2013 1:48 AM

    You know you’re a bust when you’re struggling to beat out Jason friggin Campbell.

    Weeden is garbage.

  9. maddenisfordorks says: Aug 14, 2013 3:13 AM

    Man, Blaine Gabbert is better than this guy but the world seems to just enjoy dumping on Blaine. Where is the equal amount of hate for Weeden and other comparable qbs?

    No offense Browns fans.

  10. vaughnjoe says: Aug 14, 2013 3:22 AM

    C.H.U.D.!! Weedens your guy. Get that team outta the mud. Nows your chance!!

  11. 80sbroncofan says: Aug 14, 2013 3:36 AM

    It must really piss off Cleveland fans that they had a chance to trade up to draft rg3 then they draft Brandon Weeden over Russel Wilson and Kirk Cousins.

  12. coltzfan166 says: Aug 14, 2013 3:36 AM

    Even if Campbell somehow wins the job, he’ll be hurt by Week 3 and Weeden will be right back in. Weeden has nothing to worry about.

  13. drfeelyouup says: Aug 14, 2013 5:08 AM

    So what? Everyone knows he is going to start. Dude will be dropping TD bombs on Pittsburgh and Ravens soon enough.

  14. clssylssy says: Aug 14, 2013 6:20 AM

    Not being a Brown’s fan, I had no idea this was a competition especially after the impressive showing they had in their first preseason game. Having lived through the quarterback competition scenario last season and the previous one in Arizona, I now believe that having a designated starter at the end of training camp is critical to the development of the team throughout preseason and into the regular season with having a good #2 capable of moving into the #1 slot the way to go. The backup can always earn the starter job later in the season if he shows himself to be the better the guy giving the test the best chance for winning. It seems only fitting that with a DC coordinator like Horton giving the Browns a more explosive defense, that the offense should be of the same caliber. Weeden looked really good in the preseason opener and had almost 4000 yards last season which is almost as good as Carson Palmer but with few interceptions and more TDs! I’m hoping the Browns will do well and have a good season; that division is shaping up to be one of the toughest in years!

  15. willcool21 says: Aug 14, 2013 6:53 AM

    watch weeeden all the time n I have no idea how ppl can chirp this kid.. how many rookies step in for the browns and throw for 3400 yrds first season

  16. wryly1 says: Aug 14, 2013 7:03 AM

    Chudzinski and new Browns front office didn’t pick Weeden, they inherited him from the previous regime. That said, he and Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner will develop and start him this ear to see if he can be the guy. It’s their best option.

  17. 4512dawg4512 says: Aug 14, 2013 7:11 AM

    Good god Chud come on man! Weeden is the starter, quit dragging your feet! Campbell is a great back up but Weeden is the man and thats that

  18. starbuckaddict says: Aug 14, 2013 7:37 AM

    They open against the Bears–not the Dolphins. Come on guys….a little more effort please.

  19. barkhardandloud says: Aug 14, 2013 7:46 AM

    Its a coin flip

  20. logicaldawg says: Aug 14, 2013 7:53 AM

    Weeden is the starter for 2013, so we can find out whether or not he is the starter in 2014 or if we go all in for Teddy Bridgewater. The new scheme suits him better and so far he has shown enough progress to continue. If they went with Jason Campbell, he’d just be keeping the seat warm for a year. No point.

  21. eaglesbar says: Aug 14, 2013 8:04 AM

    I remember when Jason Campbell was on the skins his 31 now that’s say how the 2nd year guy is already 29 start Campbell ur thank me

  22. eaglesbar says: Aug 14, 2013 8:04 AM

    sad*

  23. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 14, 2013 8:07 AM

    Weeden completes 60% with 3500 yds 19 tds and 12 ints this year and cements his status as a game manager that can’t win a game for you but won’t lose it either.

  24. tombradyswig says: Aug 14, 2013 8:37 AM

    no surprise, numbers fr last season dont lie, weeds sucks!

  25. skolvikesskol says: Aug 14, 2013 8:38 AM

    Sounds like a false competition. Weak.

  26. sbowman1479 says: Aug 14, 2013 9:09 AM

    Move on nothing to see here. Just standard coach speak to keep Weeden on his toes. It’s his job to lose and barring an Indians like collapse he will be under Mack come Miami. Go Browns!

  27. chrisbermanpleasegoaway says: Aug 14, 2013 9:17 AM

    Weeden looks like he has improved and has grasped the new system well so Chud’s comments are nothing more than motivation for both players to keep doing what they are doing.

  28. godofwine330 says: Aug 14, 2013 9:18 AM

    I see what he is doing, not trying to make Weeden comfortable. I don’t see any reason, barring injury or his play falling off of a cliff, that he isn’t the starter in week 1. He looked good in the preseason game against the Rams, but in practice he is getting hit by Haden, but I think it is making him better. He’s got a pretty deep ball and a strong arm.

    I can’t wait for the season.

  29. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 14, 2013 9:30 AM

    Neither is the rest of the world.

  30. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 14, 2013 9:30 AM

    LOL… Weeden…

  31. audient says: Aug 14, 2013 9:45 AM

    He just wants to keep Weeden working for it. Weeden will be the starter Week 1 unless he gets hurt.

  32. steeltroll says: Aug 14, 2013 9:55 AM

    Had Chudzinski been HC in 2012, would he even have been ready to name Weeden as a QB to draft?

  33. wolfjenx says: Aug 14, 2013 10:12 AM

    0sbroncofan says:Aug 14, 2013 3:36 AM

    It must really piss off Cleveland fans that they had a chance to trade up to draft rg3 then they draft Brandon Weeden over Russel Wilson and Kirk Cousins.
    You an idiot Kirk Cousins? How many yards did he pass for? How many TD’s? RG3 had to be carted off the field last year…and he will again, its the natureof the beast with the electric style he has…just see Mike Vick and how healthy he has been through the years.

    Weedon is ok and will be better in a pro style offense. He tossed 3400 yards in a west coast system.

  34. smackingfools says: Aug 14, 2013 10:18 AM

    I think Campbell should start week 1. Go Dolphins!

  35. clebrowns216 says: Aug 14, 2013 10:28 AM

    HAHAHAHAHA did this dude just say that Blaine Gabbert is better than this guy, and that Cleveland has no offense!? HAHAHAHAHA.

    Dude give it up, Blaine Gabbert is a 100% bust. Maybe you should go take a look at his stats. If you think Weedens are bad (which they aren’t THAT bad for a rookie) then you will be deeply upset by Gabbert’s. Theyre pathetic. Just like the Jaguars.

    The Browns have been crap, ill be the first to tell you that. But the Jaguars are on a whole different level of crap. At least the Browns have talent and were competitive in all their games last year (even if the haters don’t want to admit). And in the toughest division, not your pathetic division. The Jags are still like 5 years away from being even somewhat competitive, if ever. And by that time they won’t even be in Jacksonville with your sorry fans.

    The Browns will actually be a good team this year, can’t wait to shut up all these haters. No clue why there are so many towards CLE. They may not be a playoff team this year but I guarantee we are in the discussion towards the end of the year. And no I’m not one of those fans who says that every year, I’ve been pretty down on the Browns for awhile.

  36. 80sbroncofan says: Aug 14, 2013 10:45 AM

    wolfjenx says:
    Aug 14, 2013 10:12 AM
    0sbroncofan says:Aug 14, 2013 3:36 AM

    It must really piss off Cleveland fans that they had a chance to trade up to draft rg3 then they draft Brandon Weeden over Russel Wilson and Kirk Cousins.
    You an idiot Kirk Cousins? How many yards did he pass for? How many TD’s? RG3 had to be carted off the field last year…and he will again, its the natureof the beast with the electric style he has…just see Mike Vick and how healthy he has been through the years.

    Weedon is ok and will be better in a pro style offense. He tossed 3400 yards in a west coast system.

    As I recall Washington with Kirk Cousins starting did beat the Browns last season. Bottom line Cleveland blew the draft last year. QB heavy draft class and they screwed it up. That hurts.

  37. brownsfan2013 says: Aug 14, 2013 10:48 AM

    maddenisfordorks says: Aug 14, 2013 3:13 AM

    Man, Blaine Gabbert is better than this guy but the world seems to just enjoy dumping on Blaine. Where is the equal amount of hate for Weeden and other comparable qbs?

    No offense Browns fans.

    Weeden crushed Gabbert in EVERY statistical category there was if you compare rookie seasons. Same amount of games played and Weeden threw for 1,100 more yards, 2 more TD passes, better completion percentage, and 10 points better passer rating. With an equally abysmal offense. Blaine barely beat Weeden’s passer rating in year two that Weeden had in his rookie season. Gabbert is trash! Period. If Weeden plays the same as his rookie season I’ll say the same about him but I the jury is still out. Beisdes the picks he threw Weeden’s rookie season is about what you’d expect from most rookies not picked in the top 10. Which Gabbert was! And still Weeden’s numbers were better.

    Quantcast

  38. ronketonk says: Aug 14, 2013 11:17 AM

    As a realistic Browns fan, I tend to never be too optimistic about the qb position but no one ever seems to like to mention that Weeden played as a rookie while handing the ball off to a rookie, while throwing to a “number 1″ receiver that was a rookie along with a number of other second year receivers.

    Pretty sure Luck, RG3, and Wilson didn’t face this scenario. How often does this scenario ever happen?

    Weeden still had his moments last year. With the obvious maturation process of him as a qb and the rest of the playmakers around him, we’ll see a lot more production this year.

    BTW… Richardson will be an absolute beast this year.

  39. geefan1 says: Aug 14, 2013 11:55 AM

    One of the issues that the new front office felt they had to address was a perceived sense of entitlement among some players on the team who felt (even though the team was awful last year) that their spots were secure.

    No one has ever said Weeden was one of those players, but with only McCoy and Lewis behind him, it would be easy to see how he could feel that way.

    Besides, what better way to send a message to the rest of the team than to say every position is up for grabs, even QB?

    Weeden will be the week 1 starter. It’s been his job all along, and so far he’s done just fine hanging onto it.

  40. nananatman says: Aug 14, 2013 12:01 PM

    The guy he is competing with hasn’t taken a first team snap all year though.

  41. dawgdaysofsummer says: Aug 14, 2013 12:44 PM

    Through all this Weeden has been absolutely professional in handling the media and all the critics. He has his blinders on a he is focused in on nothing else but making the Browns a winning team this year. I remember when Tim Couch lost it.. and started crying…..I dont even want to go there….
    Chud and everyone else knows what they have in Jason Campbell. He (Chud) is just very weakly trying to get us and Weeden to think that there is a QB competition still. In most of his interviews, Chud talks constantly about how important it is to have competition at EVERY position. So Campbell or Hoyer will not start for the Browns week one. Weeden is looking amazing this year. Last year he was stuck taking most all of his snaps from under center, because he was forced to by Pat Shurmer. Shurmers offense was horrible last year and the scheme was horrible for Weeden. (The Browns were also composed of mostly rookies in the offense last year). This year the offense fits Weeden like a glove and the coaching talent blows that talent from last year away.
    I have gone to 5 of their training camp practices so far. I read nearly every article I could get my hands on about the Browns this year, I also listen to cleveland browns daily everyday, hosted by Vic Carruci. By saying that I am hoping that I get some credibility to say that NOT ONCE have I EVER had a doubt that Weeden wasnt going to be the starter for the Cleveland Browns this year. He also takes every single rep with the number ones. Everytime Weeden is picked off by Haden in practice, Weeden rushes over to Joe Haden and picks his brain with questions like..”What did you see Joe” and “Tell me what I need to do so that doest happen again”. And we all know how Norv is with QB’s. Even Jason Campbell himself said that Weeden has improved a ton since last year. The man is a professional. He studies his butt off daily and is the first one to the facility and the last one out every day. He has a cannon for an arm, and this year he has the talent around him to thrive! I believe that he will be the starter for this year and the next few years to come. CANT WAIT!

  42. jwfranklin77 says: Aug 14, 2013 1:02 PM

    Bottom line: If Chud and Norv can’t turn Brandon Weeden into an NFL calibre quarterback, nobody can. After this year, you should know for sure if it is time to move on.

  43. cguy7 says: Aug 14, 2013 1:10 PM

    Blaine Gabbert? Stop it… Anybody who buys this story is delusional. Weeden can throw the ball, but needs to work on his pocket presence and reading defenses. Washington, you have a good QB, running back, and not much else… Congrats on getting RG3… St. Louis thanks you for the picks. By the way we open at home against the Dolphins, not Chicago sir. Learn how to read a scbedule…

  44. 80sbroncofan says: Aug 14, 2013 1:54 PM

    Wow. Arguing over who’s the better quarterback between Brandon Weeden and Blain Gabbert? It’s like comparing dog crap to cat crap.

  45. ytownjoe says: Aug 14, 2013 8:11 PM

    Weeden starts. End of story.

    Will he still have the job after game 8? Stay tuned.

  46. chewingonlightbulbs says: Aug 14, 2013 11:59 PM

    Come on, Chud. I like you, but this is the dumbest thing you’ve said yet. You ain’t foolin’ no one with this “tough love” boosheet. The whole world knows who’s starting in Game 1.

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