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Chudzinski: Weeden to throw, Hoyer to start this week

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Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is on his way back, and the guy who replaced him just got a vote of confidence.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinksi just told reporters that Weeden was set to throw this week as he returns from a thumb injury, but that he won’t play.

Chudzinski also mentioned that Brian Hoyer would, in fact, start this week, after hedging a few days ago.

Weeden didn’t get a similar endorsement when he was injured, with Chudzinski making it clear that the starting job wasn’t promised to him when he returned. And with Hoyer coming off an impressive win, it wasn’t a surprise that he hangs onto the job.

In fact, the surprising part might be if Weeden ever gets it back.

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28 Responses to “Chudzinski: Weeden to throw, Hoyer to start this week”
  1. mvpolamalu says: Sep 25, 2013 11:17 AM

    If the plan was to trade Richardson and suck for Bridgewater or Boyd, that doesn’t seem like it’s going to work with Hoyer. Poor browns can’t even do anything right when they’re trying to lose!

  2. supdawg77 says: Sep 25, 2013 11:20 AM

    Brian Hoyer Super Bowl MVP!!!!

  3. dirtdawg54 says: Sep 25, 2013 11:23 AM

    Boyer threw 3 ints in that win. Lets not forget that before anyone anoints him the second coming of Bernie Kosar.

  4. dws123 says: Sep 25, 2013 11:31 AM

    If the Browns get a phone call for Weeden, I can’t see them not pulling the trigger on another trade. With that being said, I don’t think Hoyer will be changing Banner’s mind about drafting a QB in the next draft either.

  5. otistaylor89 says: Sep 25, 2013 11:34 AM

    They will never get the 1st pick if Josh Gordon plays every game – he may be one of the Top 3 receiving talents in the league from what I saw Sunday.

  6. bnn52 says: Sep 25, 2013 11:35 AM

    I have no clue if Hoyer has it or not, its only been one game, but until he proves otherwise, he needs the shot to be on the field. The front office needs to see what he has in real games, not pre-season. He very well may be what they have been looking for, so that we can use those two first round picks to solidify our Offensive line and depth at CB and try to find the next Russell Wilson later on in the draft.

    The season is still young and not over by any means. Am I expecting much out of this team, NO, but I wouldn’t be mad if they threw together a nice season that shows vast improvement over what we had under awful Pat Shurmur.

  7. savocabol1 says: Sep 25, 2013 11:38 AM

    dws123 says:
    Sep 25, 2013 11:31 AM
    If the Browns get a phone call for Weeden, I can’t see them not pulling the trigger on another trade. With that being said, I don’t think Hoyer will be changing Banner’s mind about drafting a QB in the next draft either.

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    God help the fan base of a team that calls looking for Brandon Weeden to be on their roster.

  8. bigbensucks says: Sep 25, 2013 11:39 AM

    dirtdawg54 says: Sep 25, 2013 11:23 AM

    Boyer threw 3 ints in that win. Lets not forget that before anyone anoints him the second coming of Bernie Kosar.
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    Yes he threw three INTS in that game, but give him credit. It was only his 2nd career start I believe.

    You have to admit, they were fun to watch in the first have and then again on their last scoring drive.

    Lets see how he looks against the Bengals this week before making judgment, good or bad

  9. snakeskinsoul says: Sep 25, 2013 11:43 AM

    Hoyer played with guts and provided a spark…but he did have the luxury of a deep threat (Gordon) that Weeden hasn’t had as of yet this year…and we beat an 0-2 Viking squad due to 2 trick plays…I doubt Hoyer is the answer

  10. xman05 says: Sep 25, 2013 11:45 AM

    Let’s not forget Weeden threw 3 ints in the first half of the first game of the season. I agree let’s not anoint Hoyer the next Bernie Kosar, but I believe he’s closer than Weeden is. Weeden had his chance to prove himself, now it’s time to see what Hoyer can do.

  11. mrfrostyj says: Sep 25, 2013 11:47 AM

    Chudzinski’s play calling, an above average run defense along with Josh Gordon being back in the lineup won the game against Minnesota.

    Hoyer gets the start as “QB who doesn’t get the passes that aren’t intercepted batted down”.

    Sad thing is, it’s entirely possible that Cleveland could be a playoff contender with the formula they used in Minnesota till they can get a real QB. If they had those weapons against Baltimore that would have been a win as well.

  12. cbrown386 says: Sep 25, 2013 11:48 AM

    No one will be calling about Weeden. Tampa will be getting calls for Freeman before anyone even fathoms the idea of trading for Weeden.

  13. ott2win says: Sep 25, 2013 11:52 AM

    Hoyer did sit under Brady for a few years…he might be a legitimate sleeper…

  14. rivercitydawg says: Sep 25, 2013 11:54 AM

    dirtdawg54 says: Sep 25, 2013 11:23 AM

    Boyer threw 3 ints in that win. Lets not forget that before anyone anoints him the second coming of Bernie Kosar.

    Hey dirtbrain,

    First off, it’s HOYER, not Boyer.

    Brilliant comment. I’m guessing that you missed the ending, where he then came back and DELIVERED THE GAME WINNING DRIVE? ……. AFTER WORKING THE ENTIRE SEASON WITH THE 3RD STRINGERS?
    You who can come back with a game winning drive after throwing three picks? A FREAKIN’ WINNER, that’s who.

  15. 23rdusernameused says: Sep 25, 2013 12:01 PM

    weeden is garbage, I think everyone knows that!!
    Go Hoyer! I’m rooting for you against that tough Cinci D that just knocked of the almighty Green Bay!!

  16. rowdymon says: Sep 25, 2013 12:10 PM

    Yes he threw INTs but when 82% of your plays are passes the defense is pretty prepared.

    Hoyer has great accuracy but will continue to throw INTs without the run. This is really a test for the coaching staff. They had great trick plays last week, but need to be even more inventive on Sunday.

  17. urbusted2 says: Sep 25, 2013 12:14 PM

    Reference the second coming of Kosar comments, Hoyer reminds me of Brian Sipe much more than Kosar. Sipe didn’t have a real strong arm but threw the ball on time and was reasonably mobile. He was a great field general and Hoyer is showing much of that to this point. He has a short memory which any successful QB has to have. A lot of many successful NFL QBs get their opportunity in similar circumstances ( IE: injury ) so I’ll tell you in possibly one to two years how this went. Maybe next week.

  18. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 25, 2013 12:16 PM

    Good luck Hoyer !

    Nice to see him getting a real chance to start after years of sitting behind Brady.

  19. wearethesteelers says: Sep 25, 2013 12:35 PM

    dws123 says:
    Sep 25, 2013 11:31 AM
    If the Browns get a phone call for Weeden
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    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  20. j0esixpack says: Sep 25, 2013 12:46 PM

    No one is going to trade for Weeden

    But it’s also smart for the coach to leave teams guessing which QB will be starting

    This week they weren’t going to fool anyone so might as well admit that Hoyer’s the guy

    … but it may be that they have a “keeper” in Hoyer too so might as well see what they have in him for a few more games

  21. kosarkid says: Sep 25, 2013 1:12 PM

    Hoyer did pretty good against a Minnesota defense. If he would have had that kind of game against a tougher defense, I would be really excited. In his 1st start with the Browns, he has a 4th quarter comback. I don’t recall Weeden having any 4th quarter comebacks. In fact almost all of his final drives in the two minute drill ended in INT’s. Hoyer was clutch when he needed to be. He deserves the shot at Browns QB for the rest of the year to see if he develops.

  22. blantoncollier says: Sep 25, 2013 1:20 PM

    Once Weeden got hurt, no matter what Chud or Banner says, the plan was always to give Hoyer three games to show his stuff.

    Weeden was always going to remain hurt this week, then they have a short week, so they will pull the “no time to get him ready card”.

    Frankly, I have no clue if Weeden or Hoyer are the real deal. But I do know I want to watch Hoyer against the Bengals, where Marvin Lewis and Mike Zimmer have tape to watch and can game plan against Hoyer.

  23. surfinbird1 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:21 PM

    I think most Pats fans were disappointed to see Hoyer leave as Bradys backup. Smart kid. Hope he finally gets a fair shot to prove himself one way or the other.

  24. madmax80 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:27 PM

    “Chudzinski: Weeden to throw, Hoyer to start this week”

    This is great news for Browns fans!!

    Apparently, Weeded learned to throw during his week off.

  25. christophershearin says: Sep 25, 2013 2:04 PM

    They are just continuing the long standing tradition. The best quarterback in cleveland, is the backup…

  26. christophershearin says: Sep 25, 2013 2:11 PM

    the browns, and browns fans, would have jacked up andrew lucks career if he had been so unfortunate to get drafted by us, Amazing, weeded had 1 season, which for all intents and purposes wasnt that bad, and people are calling for the next guy in line, hoyer played a horrible game, and all of a sudden he is the next King of Cleveland, I guarantee, if the browns are lucky enough to have 07 repeat itself, and hoyer does end up playing a decent season, he will struggle in the first game next year, and browns fans will be calling for the backup again………. none of the elite QBs in the league were elite in their first season, peyton, brees, rogers, and brady all started off slowly, and got better with experience. Thats what it takes in this league, and browns fans will never allow any qb to gain that valuable experience……… Its unfortunate

  27. nananatman says: Sep 25, 2013 3:53 PM

    Josh Gordon played and he doesn’t have Little hands.

  28. kwjsb says: Sep 25, 2013 6:38 PM

    Let’s hope Hoyer is not the next Clint Longly, Scott Mitchell of Matt Flynn.

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