Joe Thomas doesn’t think quarterback competition is too close


Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said this week that there is a “close” competition for the starting quarterback job between Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell, a point which seemed to run counter to the way things have actually been playing out in Cleveland.

Weeden has been running with the ones for quite a while now and there hasn’t been any groundswell of support for Campbell to nudge him out of the way coming out of Cleveland. It doesn’t appear one is about to start either. Left tackle Joe Thomas has a different vantage point on the quarterbacks than his coach and he doesn’t sound like a man who sees a close competition playing out between the guys he’s protecting.

“Brandon’s taking all the first-team reps, so take it for what that is,” Thomas said, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “I don’t know. I’m not evaluating the quarterbacks. I think Jason’s had a great camp, so I wouldn’t necessarily say that they’re not both playing well because they both are. So I don’t know how you evaluate which quarterback is going to be the starter or not. But, I mean, I’ve got eyes just like everybody else does, and Brandon’s taken all the first reps.”

If Campbell had a real chance at winding up as the starter come Week One, Weeden wouldn’t be taking all the first-team reps because the team would want to see whether Campbell could do things that Weeden can’t do. The starters are expected to play as much as a half against the Lions this week and it will be even harder to believe Chudzinski’s take on the competition is anything but motivational if Weeden gets all that time.

10 responses to “Joe Thomas doesn’t think quarterback competition is too close

  1. … “And with the 24th pick in the 2005 NFL draft the Green Bay Packers select AAron Rodgers” … And with the 25th pick in the 2005 draft the Washington Redskins select Jason Campbell”… It’s funny how one pick lead to one team extending their stay at the top & another suffering for another 8 years before finally getting their franchise QB. Weeden should win the job, Campbell at this point is just a vet backup QB.

  2. Cleveland is so used to changing quarterbacks yearly that they have to at least present the illusion that it is going to happen again this season. They wouldn’t want the fans going into shock over having a little continuity.

  3. I’m a Ram’s fan and watched the preseason game last week and I thought Weeden looked very comfortable and was very efficient. Granted it was preseason and the Ram’s were playing a vanilla D but Weeden has earned the starting gig IMO.

  4. Joe Thomas has confirmed from his up close vantage point what the rest of us have seen from afar.

    Weeden will be the starter Week 1 unless he gets hurt. And there is no need for Chud to officially name Weeden the starter this early in the preseason, even though the practice reps suggest that is where this is going.

    Meanwhile, Weeden will keep working and doing reps with the first team. His focus should be on building the chemistry with the rest of the first team, and not worry about official announcements sought at pressers.

  5. @ steelerben : “They wouldn’t want the fans going into shock over having a little continuity.”

    Surely you jest, Changing owners, front office personel, and coaching staff, is considered continutiy?

  6. @christophershearin: Look up the last time the Browns started the same QB in back to back seasons.

  7. The only starter that got more playing time in week 1 of the pre-season was senor butt-fumble yet Weeden pulled off

    10 of 13 for 112 yards a touchdown and a 127.7 QB rating with 0 interceptions (unlike butt fumble who’s first TD was for the other team)

    I know this is Cleveland we’re talking about but I’m pretty sure even Browns fans who are notorious for liking the #2 guy would rather have Weeden in there over Jason Campbell.

    Quite frankly I watched that game and if anything it confirmed the receivers not the QB’s were more than likely the problem in Cleveland to begin with. Free agency did them well.

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