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Rob Chudzinski still unwilling to name Brandon Weeden starter

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For a team that has given only one quarterback playing time with the starting offense this summer, the Browns are awfully reticent about confirming that quarterback is their starter.

Brandon Weeden has taken all the reps with the first team in practice and started both preseason games, leading five scoring drives in six possessions during his time on the field, but that’s still not enough to convince coach Rob Chudzinski to publicly label him as the team’s quarterback. Chudzinski said Friday that Weeden’s competition with Jason Campbell, which he termed “close” earlier this week, is still raging.

“I’m still going to wait to name a starter. Go through the process,” Chudzinski said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Chudzinski’s stance would seem a bit more reasonable if going through the process included work with the first team for Campbell. As long as Weeden takes all the work with the starters, there’s no way to evaluate which player is better at running the offense and there’s no way to see this as a competition without air quotes around the word competition.

Holding off on an announcement to make sure Weeden avoids complacency is all well and good, but we have to question how effective a strategy it is when it is the middle of August and only one guy has been treated as a possible starter.

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42 Responses to “Rob Chudzinski still unwilling to name Brandon Weeden starter”
  1. chrisbermanpleasegoaway says: Aug 16, 2013 4:35 PM

    Ok Chud I’ve liked everything you have done so far but this is just plain stupid. Oh and way to go having Mingo in on special teams. You obviously didn’t learn anything from watching Butch Davis destroy Kellen Winslow’s 1st year in the league.

  2. jda129 says: Aug 16, 2013 4:36 PM

    He just wants to have a special rose ceremony and all you guys are spoiling it.

  3. gloryfromheaven says: Aug 16, 2013 4:36 PM

    I’m pretty sure this is a motivation strategy by now, Weeden has been playing lights out…

  4. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Aug 16, 2013 4:37 PM

    Like Parcells did, Chudz just wants them to earn the LOGO on their helmet…

    ..oh wait…

  5. toonloonboon says: Aug 16, 2013 4:39 PM

    i’d also be unwilling.

  6. jlmd17 says: Aug 16, 2013 4:40 PM

    What an idiot. Go with Campbell genius, his track record his impeccable not to mention that you guys are “right on the cusp” of greatness.

  7. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 16, 2013 4:40 PM

    “I hate when coaches play games with naming the starting QB”
    Sincerely, Chip Kelly

  8. dybzinski10 says: Aug 16, 2013 4:41 PM

    In other news, Terry Bradshaw is still alive.

  9. heeeeelzfan says: Aug 16, 2013 4:42 PM

    Likely the first head coach to be fired this season.

  10. ingraven says: Aug 16, 2013 4:43 PM

    why play games? just call it like it is maaaaaaaaaaannnnn

  11. ingraven says: Aug 16, 2013 4:44 PM

    i bet he wont be naming Paul Kruger a starter. hahahaha

  12. heyguru1969 says: Aug 16, 2013 4:45 PM

    I didn’t realize Mary Kay had given up cosmetics to work for the Cleveland paper. Maybe she’ll ask some other hard-hitting questions, like whether the eye-black players use to cut down on glare is hypo-allergenic.

  13. webofbelief says: Aug 16, 2013 4:51 PM

    You forgot to mention the most obvious reason why Weeden should be named the starter: he has absolutely kicked ass in his two pre-season starts.

  14. brunson80 says: Aug 16, 2013 4:53 PM

    Absolutely brutal. I sympathize for Browns fans; this reminds me of the Quarterback “competition” the Redskins had two years ago when they were deciding between Rex Grossman and John Beck.

  15. Florio_Jr. says: Aug 16, 2013 5:02 PM

    At this rate I better at Hardesty to my fantasy team. Maybe he’ll start over Richardson.

  16. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 16, 2013 5:08 PM

    Poor Grieveland. The Frowns will never get it together. As soon as they get something good going they start all over with a new regime: perpetual failure.

  17. rockbottom37 says: Aug 16, 2013 5:12 PM

    Richardson is overrated already! Guy is a China doll. He can’t stay on the field

  18. packerswin96 says: Aug 16, 2013 5:32 PM

    Not a Brown’s fan at all, but this seems rather ridiculous, especially after last nights performance by Weedon.

  19. schmitty2 says: Aug 16, 2013 5:47 PM

    The only way you would use this tactic as a HC is to keep your week 1 opponent guessing becuase the difference in the top 2 qb’s is minimal. Weeden has been very impressive in the first 2 games and has earned the start.

  20. bensstinkyfingers says: Aug 16, 2013 5:48 PM

    Weeden and Campbell have looked solid this preseason. The job is Weeden’s , Chud is just keeping them from getting complacent. The browns are gong to surprise lots of people this year when they make the playoffs and win the division.

  21. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 16, 2013 5:55 PM

    Better hurry, Chud, the guy’s career is running out.

  22. mackcarrington says: Aug 16, 2013 6:08 PM

    The “complacency” argument is a load of B.S. I f Weeden has gotten most of the first team reps, and started 2 games already, he knows full well that the starting job is his. And “complacency” shouldn’t even be in Weeden’s immediate vocabulary. He’s 30 years old and knows he’s not going to play for 15 more years. His pedal is already to the metal now.

  23. bigzant82 says: Aug 16, 2013 6:20 PM

    i trust u chud just getting mingo hurt and rib-lung injury isnt good but we must find a right side of the O-LINE fix asap and new DION LEWIS AND WE WILL BE FIND also tell these WRs that since gorden is goine for 2 week every man but make plays

  24. brownsprotonator says: Aug 16, 2013 6:22 PM

    I think the title of this article should read: “Joe Banner doesn’t want Chud to name Weeden his starter yet” Now I love Chud, and I hope he gains more power in that organization as his team puts up W’s this year, but its clear that Joey Nickels hired a new, unproven coach and a very grateful GM so he could so he could have full power in decisions like this. Chud is wise to not rock this boat. Yet.

  25. clebrowns216 says: Aug 16, 2013 6:28 PM

    Man some people are so stupid. You all blow stories like this way out of proportion. Anyone who has eyes knows that Weeden is the starter. Weeden knows he’s the starter. Chud knows. Why else would he give nobody else 1st team reps? This is just the usually coach talk. Chud hasn’t named ANY starters.

    Belichick does this stuff all the time, gives the media nothing. Is he a moron too?

    This story has been completely overblown by the media. And then morons like some posting here continue to over blow it also.

    I will enjoy watching Weeden and the Browns finally shut up all these haters. It’s amazing to me how a team that has been so bad for so long has so many haters.

    And I love how a team has 1 good year in the past 10 years, and their fans start making fun of other teams like they are perennial contenders or something haha. Classic.

  26. thetooloftools says: Aug 16, 2013 6:29 PM

    “Still being Stupid”.
    It HAS to be in the water here in Cleveland.
    I thought Chud was better then that.
    Obviously not.

  27. bobsacamano2 says: Aug 16, 2013 6:32 PM

    H8er’s gon hate. You guys don’t get it. This is the first time that the browns have looked like a real team in a long time. I know it is preseason and these are fake games, but they are dominating first team against first team, second string against second string, and so on. Chud, Norv, and Ray have them playing. No nonsense…just hunger. My excitement is tempered by watching 20 years of failure, but eat the dust of a real QB, OL, RB, and WR core. Its exciting to be a part of this. Everyone who is not a browns fan can hate all you want…but those of us who know are watching something different.

  28. jrs45 says: Aug 16, 2013 6:33 PM

    Wait Terry Bradshaw is still alive? Thought he was next to Art? Learn something new everyday.

  29. donmcg2012 says: Aug 16, 2013 6:38 PM

    Couldn’t have said it better bobsacamano2. Although the jinx is showing it’s face with the injuries and lack of depth. BUT, I’m liking what I see for sure.

  30. walsh viterbi says: Aug 16, 2013 6:38 PM

    I don’t think what Chud is doing is dumb at all. The job was given to Weeden last year. He’s making Brandon earn it this year. Not because he and Turner don’t think he can’t do it. It’s very apparent they have done an excellent job in boosting his confidence and coaching him up.

    It reminds me of the last lines in the movie “Patton” where George C. Scott voices over, “For over a thousand years, Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of a triumph – a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters and musicians and strange animals from the conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children, robed in white, stood with him in the chariot, or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror, holding a golden crown, and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting….”

    Some Steeler fans could stand to heed these words.

  31. browns627 says: Aug 16, 2013 6:50 PM

  32. nepats12 says: Aug 16, 2013 7:38 PM

    The Decision. Part deux

  33. clssylssy says: Aug 16, 2013 7:41 PM

    What a load! Looks like politics are alive and well in Cleveland and this new coach is more interested in getting press than respect from his team and fans.
    There’s such a thing as being discerning and there’s being a bully. The Browns under Wheeden are looking the best ever in recent years and I hope this newbie coach doesn’t mess it up!

  34. mymanmccoy says: Aug 16, 2013 8:08 PM

    He’s actually saving Weeden from the media. The constant barrage of stupid questions of “How are you going to lead this team” and “Gosh Brandon, you’re going to be 30, how long can you last as the starter” is the type of crap he doesn’t need pre-season.

  35. thereyougo2 says: Aug 16, 2013 8:24 PM

    Just goes to show you head coaches are not necessary. The fans and the media should run the teams. Right?

  36. pspring63 says: Aug 16, 2013 8:54 PM

    I like this approach. Weeden is a very young QB (experience) who appears to have the goods but hasn’t truly put it together. Now with quarterback friendly coaches he’s showing some early success. Weeden needs this type of psychological twisting. Whether it’s “real” competition or not, he needs to feel the heat. Hell, it’s been working for almost 4 quarters. Why mess with it. Chud and Turner know what they are doing.

  37. nimbushex says: Aug 16, 2013 9:46 PM

    I can’t say I really understand this whole “not saying what everyone knows to be the case” thing, but Weeden has looked very good so far and you can’t really question Chudzinski with the performance of the team so far.

  38. mrfrostyj says: Aug 16, 2013 10:18 PM

    Weeden is putting up league MVP numbers not knowing if he’s the starter? If that’s the case, don’t name him the starter till the Browns clinch the playoffs which they probably will if he is leading scoring drives nearly every time he touches the ball despite getting way more game time than any other starter!

    I never thought I’d live to see the day that going into a season the Browns and Bengals are more than likely the top two teams in their division and possible super bowl contenders.

  39. ballboy48 says: Aug 16, 2013 10:24 PM

    It seems crazy on the surface, but I think we all know and so does Chud. They are doing this because they are going to see if someone will bite on Campbell, and give them a draft pick for him. Even if its a 7th rounder. The Browns are making it seem as if its close, and to be fair, Campbell is playing well. It seems insane that anyone would offer a pick for Campbell, but it was insane when San Fran gave the Browns two draft picks, with only a year left on his contract. Cleveland has Brian Hoyer, and he certainly could be their second string QB.

  40. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 16, 2013 11:41 PM

    He wants act like some of these old dog coaches do but he is failing. I mean, he cant say that the QB competition is close. We all know that’s not true; even Jason Campbell knows the coach is BS’ing.
    Clearly the coach has some learning to do. He needs some PR to coach him how to talk to the media because he is looking like a idiot now

  41. bigtimebrownie says: Aug 16, 2013 11:46 PM

    This is a ruse to keep the Cam Newton/Weeden trade quiet

  42. coachbeck says: Aug 17, 2013 9:02 AM

    Lol win the Division. Silly Clowns fans.

    We will see how this team does when they gave a real AFCN defense.

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