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Rob Chudzinski: Browns are “looking at our options” at quarterback

LaDainian Tomlinson, Brandon Weeden AP

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski did the expected on Monday when he named Brandon Weeden the team’s starting quarterback for Week Six against the Lions this week.

Weeden relieved Brian Hoyer after Hoyer injured his knee against the Bills last Thursday night and guided the ship well enough to bring the Browns their third straight victory. That performance eliminated the need to do much deliberating about the identity of the starter with Hoyer out of the picture, but it hasn’t taken the team totally out of the quarterback market.

Chudzinski also said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the Browns are “looking at our options” at quarterback after losing Hoyer for the season. A trade would cost them one or more draft picks, something that would run counter to the direction they moved with the Trent Richardson deal. With Josh Freeman off the market, there’s no free agent that would seem to pose much of a threat to Weeden staying in the starting job.

There isn’t really anyone that seems like an upgrade over Jason Campbell at backup, either, although you can certainly understand why the Browns would want a third man on the scene after injuries to both Weeden and Hoyer in the first five weeks of the season.

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30 Responses to “Rob Chudzinski: Browns are “looking at our options” at quarterback”
  1. salsendardo says: Oct 7, 2013 12:39 PM

    Their options are in the 2014 draft.

  2. belicheckisgod says: Oct 7, 2013 12:46 PM

    Patriots should trade Mallet ( a player Lombardi drooled over) and a 4th rounder for Josh Gordon. Then send the 4th rounder to the Vikings for Matt Cassel.

  3. ravanator says: Oct 7, 2013 12:47 PM

    I thought my Ravens might get some competition from the Browns this year. But it looks like the Browns will be irrelevant as usual. Have fun in the basement, Ravens will be busy repeating.

    #ravensrepeat
    #flaccosuperbowlmvp

  4. coonsqualler says: Oct 7, 2013 12:47 PM

    Trade for Newton. They don’t want him and he is a young proven guy after what he did his rookie year. Get a jump start now with your franchise QB to learn the system. Then continue to build your team.

    Gotta’ say I was worried with the new front office, but after seeing what Trent is (not)doing in Indy and the way Hoyer played after they brought him in, I am EXCITED!!

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!!

  5. belicheckisgod says: Oct 7, 2013 12:47 PM

    *For a 4th rounder and Gordon

  6. theprocessoflosingmymind says: Oct 7, 2013 1:02 PM

    Tebow.

    The factory of sadness needs him. Imagine the excitement he would bring to Cleveland. He might even win a few games.

  7. bengal4life says: Oct 7, 2013 1:04 PM

    Sorry to say ravanator but the Ravens will not be repeating this year. You lost to the Bills. The Bengals will eventually be on top of the division alone in next few weeks. We have a dominant D and our O will be getting better.

  8. habsfanatic says: Oct 7, 2013 1:05 PM

    Translation: Brandon Weeden you will not be on the Brown’s roster next season.

  9. zingo1978 says: Oct 7, 2013 1:06 PM

    belicheckisgod says:
    Oct 7, 2013 12:47 PM
    *Mallett For a 4th rounder and Gordon

    —————————–

    After the Browns management could breath again after dying with laughter from that offer, they”d politely refuse.

  10. clownsfan says: Oct 7, 2013 1:07 PM

    They’re not trading Josh Gordon

  11. siggtacular says: Oct 7, 2013 1:16 PM

    They should keep Weeden as their starter. Either way, the Ravens will sweep the Brownies again.

  12. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 7, 2013 1:26 PM

    Yes, by all means, go get Tebow…
    I mean, Tebow quarterbacked an 8-8 team that Manning took over and has quarterbacked to an 18-3 record. Obviously Tebow did something pretty darn special…

  13. jgedgar70 says: Oct 7, 2013 1:27 PM

    coonsqualler says:
    Oct 7, 2013 12:47 PM
    Trade for Newton. They don’t want him and he is a young proven guy after what he did his rookie year. Get a jump start now with your franchise QB to learn the system. Then continue to build your team.
    _____
    I’m a Panthers fan, and I floated this possibility to my brother, a Browns fan, a couple weeks ago. The Panthers new GM doesn’t seem to be sold on Cam, and as the Panthers continue to self-destruct, he’ll move to hire his own coach, who will want his own QB. I’ll bet you guys could get Cam for your higher 1st round pick and a late round pick, and we’ll use our top-5 pick to take one of the college QBs, assuming they all come out.

  14. fakegregbrinda says: Oct 7, 2013 1:31 PM

    belicheckisgod says:
    Oct 7, 2013 12:46 PM
    Patriots should trade Mallet ( a player Lombardi drooled over) and a 4th rounder for Josh Gordon. Then send the 4th rounder to the Vikings for Matt Cassel.

    Wow, that would be a really smart trade. Then the Pats can trade Danny Aiken and Josh Boyce to New Orleans for Jimmy Graham. They’ll probably follow that up by dealing Dauron Harmon and Steve Gregory to Kansas City for Dontari Poe. Sometimes it feels like this teams and its fans are the only people who understand a player’s true worth, am I right?

    [smashes palm to forehead]

  15. lurch61 says: Oct 7, 2013 1:37 PM

    bobzilla1001 says:
    Oct 7, 2013 1:26 PM
    Yes, by all means, go get Tebow…
    I mean, Tebow quarterbacked an 8-8 team that Manning took over and has quarterbacked to an 18-3 record. Obviously Tebow did something pretty darn special…
    ————————————————————-
    special hmmmmm….well
    Tebow took his 8-8 team to the playoffs and won against a superior Steeler team…..
    Manning took his 13-3 team to the playoffs and LOST the first round. Just like Manning always does

  16. rowdymon says: Oct 7, 2013 1:38 PM

    I’d watch Charlie Whitehurst. Played for Norv and Rivers isn’t going anywhere.

  17. borisbulldog says: Oct 7, 2013 1:41 PM

    belichickblows?

    No way Gordon gets traded!

    Plus, Mullett is no upgrade over Weeden!

  18. borisbulldog says: Oct 7, 2013 1:44 PM

    jedgar70?

    Newton’s a head case, Chudzinski fiqured that out when he had to dumb down the Offense in Newton’s 2nd year!

  19. fargovikesfan says: Oct 7, 2013 2:42 PM

    Christian Ponder could be had for a pretty cheap price….

  20. dvnelson72 says: Oct 7, 2013 3:12 PM

    Matt Moore and 1st for Joe Thomas

  21. motobus says: Oct 7, 2013 3:19 PM

    I think if they bring in anyone it’ll be Charlie whitehurst or Derek Anderson

  22. watchfullhose says: Oct 7, 2013 3:21 PM

    They better bring someone in. The way Weeden reads pressure, he WILL be getting injured….it’s just a question of when.

  23. belicheckisgod says: Oct 7, 2013 3:24 PM

    I obviously realize that Gordon is worth more than unproven Mallet. But last I checked you just had a former Patriot backup as your qb and Lombardi loves Belicheck players. As a Pats fan I would like to see this move, I could give to craps about the Browns. Wouldn’t be the first time Belicheck fleeced a team in a trade. Just wishful thinking on my part.

  24. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Oct 7, 2013 3:26 PM

    Hey lurch, Manning didn’t lose in the first round, they had a bye in the first round. You can’t seriously believe a team would be better off with Tebow than Manning.

  25. kwjsb says: Oct 7, 2013 4:00 PM

    belicheckisgod says: Oct 7, 2013 12:46 PM

    Patriots should trade Mallet ( a player Lombardi drooled over) and a 4th rounder for Josh Gordon. Then send the 4th rounder to the Vikings for Matt Cassel.
    ___________________________________

    I hope that was sarcasm, It would take a top 10 #1 to replace Gordon and Mallet is no better than Weeden.

    Now I would give a #1 for Cam in a heartbeat

  26. bensstinkyfingers says: Oct 7, 2013 6:35 PM

    don’t be shocked if the browns are in with Flynn by weeks end. he would be an upgrade over Weeds and Campbell.

  27. watermelon1 says: Oct 7, 2013 7:45 PM

    Cut the crap, cross the picket line black-listing Tebow, and just sign the man!

    You’re in position to win the division. You might not get another chance like this once Ravens and Steelers reload.

    I don’t care if you hate him… He’s better than weeden and nobody can dispute that.

  28. mrfrostyj says: Oct 7, 2013 8:28 PM

    Browns are one of the few teams who always traditionally keep 3 QB’s. I doubt they’re looking for a starter. Their next game is against Detroit which is one of the two teams that made Brandon Weeden look like superman in the pre season.

  29. fakegregbrinda says: Oct 7, 2013 10:46 PM

    belicheckisgod says:
    Oct 7, 2013 3:24 PM
    I obviously realize that Gordon is worth more than unproven Mallet. But last I checked you just had a former Patriot backup as your qb and Lombardi loves Belicheck players. As a Pats fan I would like to see this move, I could give to craps about the Browns. Wouldn’t be the first time Belicheck fleeced a team in a trade. Just wishful thinking on my part.

    Actually, “Belicheck” has never fleeced a team in a trade. That’s because there’s nobody by the name of “Belicheck” is an NFL coach. Ohhhhhh, you are probably thinking of Bill Belichick, the coach of the New England Patriots. But that would mean that you misspelled your handle. And that would mean that you provided the same attention to detail to your handle as you did to assessing Ryan Mallett and “giving to craps” about the Browns.

    Do you really believe that Mike Lombardi loves ALL Belichick players? Do you even believe that Belichick loves ALL Belichick players?

    My forehead is permanently bruised by my palm.

  30. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:09 AM

    lurch:
    Watch football much?
    There was nothing “superior” about the 2011 Steelers. They had not one significant win that season, which they followed with an 8-8 record last season, followed by an 0-4 record this season.
    If you are suggesting that Tebow is a better quarterback than Peyton Manning, you need a salvia test.
    Tebow is unemployed for a reason.

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