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No quarterback change coming for Browns

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There’s a lot of football left to be played this season, but we’ll go out on a limb and say that Brandon Weeden threw the ugliest interception of the 2013 season on Sunday.

Weeden was under pressure from the Lions in the fourth quarter when he tried a backhanded flip/shovel/whatever toward running back Chris Ogbonnaya. Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy had no trouble picking off the wounded duck and the Lions drove down for their final touchdown in a 31-17 victory.

It was one of two interceptions on the day for Weeden, but those turnovers won’t open the door for Jason Campbell to get a shot in the starting lineup. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that coach Rob Chudzinski said Monday that Weeden will remain the team’s starting quarterback. Chudzinski said that Weeden “played well in spurts” and that he didn’t think the rest of the Browns players have lost confidence in Weeden.

The Browns gave a pretty good read on their feelings about Campbell when they went with Brian Hoyer over the veteran when Weeden was injured, so the decision isn’t particularly surprising. Weeden played well in the first half, helping the Browns to a 17-7 lead that went up in smoke over the final 30 minutes of the game as the offense stagnated and the defense sprung leaks.

With games against Green Bay, Kansas City and Baltimore coming before their bye, Weeden will have to turn in more complete performances for the final seven games of the year to matter for much beyond draft positioning.

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  1. orivar says: Oct 14, 2013 12:45 PM

    Middle of the pack Jason Campbell, who has made a career of being a middle of the pack QB, game manager, still can’t start after countless turnovers? Four tds, five interceptions, and 56.2 completion percentage.

  2. therealhardt says: Oct 14, 2013 12:49 PM

    weeden is horrible, and old. the only reason you stay with him is to tank the season and ensure there is no QB controversy going into next year with your new top 10 draft pick QB. if Campbell plays respectible, not only do you drop in the draft, but some on the team might favor him over the rook. no way that will happen if you stay with weeden. he’s worse than weinke was..

  3. nflcrimerankingscom says: Oct 14, 2013 12:49 PM

    This was possibly the worst throw ever in the history of NFL qbs.

  4. audient says: Oct 14, 2013 12:53 PM

    With either a good QB under center, or at least good/competent QB play coming from that player (Hoyer was the latter and possibly the former too), the Browns are competitive and win games.

    Without that, they lose.

    The Browns ought to be looking for someone now. Because the Browns could be winning games now instead of losing.

  5. nukaten says: Oct 14, 2013 12:54 PM

    The look on Weeden’s face confirms my theory that our facial expressions are evolving into our phone emoticons. Brandon was sad in this picture.

  6. cobrala2 says: Oct 14, 2013 1:03 PM

    That photo is an instant classic. Bravo!

  7. titansbro says: Oct 14, 2013 1:04 PM

    Agree. Go with the guy who is going to lose games. You need a real QB to win in this league. Take your shot on one of the rookies in the draft rather than going with the retreads. But whatever you do don’t draft a 28 year old rookie in the first round.

  8. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 14, 2013 1:16 PM

    All the anti-Weeden sentiment should be spread evenly to the many other mediocre and below average aspects of the 2013 Cleveland Browns.

    Just look at that receiving corps and O-Line.

  9. surfinbird1 says: Oct 14, 2013 1:24 PM

    Damn, looks like the dude just stepped out of a centrifuge.

  10. realitypolice says: Oct 14, 2013 1:26 PM

    This is the perfect Jason Campbell situation.

    With the defense the Browns have a smart, veteran, low-mistake, no-frills game manager could be just what they need to make a run in a VERY mediocre division.

    I have news for Browns fans though (whether it’s good or bad is for them to decide) – If the Browns ARE tanking, and I don’t think they are, they aren’t tanking for a QB. Management is in love with Brian Hoyer and he is definitely getting a shot at #1 next year.

  11. coltzfan166 says: Oct 14, 2013 1:26 PM

    Gosh, just put Campbell in. He played well in the preseason and seems to have Norv’s system down pretty well. Campbell has shown that he’s efficient in the right system.

  12. kowallazy says: Oct 14, 2013 1:29 PM

    Pitiful performance from a pitiful QB. Waste of a week to start him again. This is a team that was able to beat a very good Cincinnatti team with halfway competent QB play, and putting a halfway competent QB in could open the door to win a weak AFC North. If the Browns want the fans to believe they want to win now, they need to put Weeden on the bench.

  13. barkhardandloud says: Oct 14, 2013 1:44 PM

    call me fair weather, what ever you want, I wont watch this fool play QB any longer.

    In protest, My TV is blacked out till Change occurs,
    SMH, all positive vibes are lost in Cleveland.

  14. samuraisword51 says: Oct 14, 2013 1:44 PM

    More draft failure from the Mike Holmgren era. I’m not a Browns fan or detractor. But I never understood the hire of Holmgren. He left Green Bay because they wouldn’t give him player personnel responsibilities. The beginning of his tenure in Seattle was terrible, and only got better when he was stripped of personnel responsibilities. What made Cleveland think he’d do well being in charge of the Browns? I don’t get it.

  15. seanpbeck says: Oct 14, 2013 1:49 PM

    He’ll be further exposed this weekend when people realize he’s supposed to be playing the same position as Aaron Rodgers but Aaron Rodgers doesn’t drop back, eat a sandwich, then finally throw to his no longer open receiver or get sacked. The guy above who still thinks it’s the WRs and O lines fault obviously wasn’t watching the 2 games started by a competent NFL QB this year. Weeden either isn’t prepared (smart) or doesn’t have the vision. He has an NFL arm but he has no idea where he wants to go with the ball unless it’s the first option and even then he delivers the ball late. Trust me, Cleveland Browns fans know a bad quarterback when we see one. We’re experts on the subject.

  16. kosarkid says: Oct 14, 2013 2:02 PM

    Weeden has these moments where he looks like he get a win. I was excited when the Browns were up 17 – 7 at halftime. But then I remembered before the kickoff for the 3rd quarter that Weeden doesn’t play whole games. I already knew Weeden’s best football was done that day and our only hope was for the defense to grind one out for us.

  17. bengalskuta82 says: Oct 14, 2013 2:16 PM

    Just like we all predicted. This team will fight for last place. They’ll get the Steelers out of the bottom by the end of the season.
    How nice. LOL!

  18. erikinhell says: Oct 14, 2013 2:18 PM

    Are the Browns sure there isn’t a 30+ year old semi-retired QB soaking up beer somewhere and looking for a shot?

  19. joemammy says: Oct 14, 2013 2:20 PM

    Weeden to Buffalo, for some wings.

  20. joemammy says: Oct 14, 2013 2:27 PM

    erikinhell says:

    “Are the Browns sure there isn’t a 30+ year old semi-retired QB soaking up beer somewhere and looking for a shot?”
    ————————

    Last I heard, he was starting for the Steelers.

  21. joemammy says: Oct 14, 2013 2:29 PM

    bengalskuta82 says:

    “Just like we all predicted. This team will fight for last place. They’ll get the Steelers out of the bottom by the end of the season.
    How nice. LOL!”
    ———————-

    Bengals fans sure have short memories.

  22. NoobTubeTV says: Oct 14, 2013 2:52 PM

    I will never abandon my Browns but Weeden is on the verge of making me boycott watching this team for the rest of the season.

  23. pmars64 says: Oct 14, 2013 3:11 PM

    Weeden is 0-3 in games he’s started this season. Who knows what the Browns record would be if they had decent QB play all season? All of their losses have been very winnable games. To be sure, this is not a top 10 team, but they’re not far away.

    Of course, it’s not ALL Weeden’s fault. The D was exposed to be soft in the middle. Once Detroit started going underneath to Bush and the TEs, the Browns had no answer. And why did Turner abandon the run in the second half? I’m not sure he’s the great playcaller everyone says he is. Certainly, the coaching staff as a whole were out-foxed by, gulp, Jim Schwartz and his staff

    But, wow, that laughable 4th Q pass just might be Weeden’s signature moment. Just brutal.

    Well, it’s off to Lambeau. What ever the spread is, you gotta give the points. It could get ugly by the 4th Q.

  24. stephenolszewski says: Oct 14, 2013 3:34 PM

    Brian Hoyer was just a tease to us Browns fans showing us what a difference between a normal QB and a failed attempt at a QB is…so now we wait

  25. seanpbeck says: Oct 14, 2013 3:48 PM

    The D is tired from playing 2 games worth of snaps a week b/c Weeden can’t keep the offense on the field. The scoring differential in the 2nd half of games started by Weeden is ridiculous. The 3 and Out offense is not doing the D any favors.

  26. brownoholic says: Oct 14, 2013 3:56 PM

    All the anti-Weeden sentiment should be spread evenly to the many other mediocre and below average aspects of the 2013 Cleveland Browns.

    Just look at that receiving corps and O-Line.
    ______________________________________

    Just because you like football doesn’t mean you have to comment on the aspects of it you really aren’t that up to speed on.

  27. brownoholic says: Oct 14, 2013 3:59 PM

    More draft failure from the Mike Holmgren era. I’m not a Browns fan or detractor. But I never understood the hire of Holmgren. He left Green Bay because they wouldn’t give him player personnel responsibilities. The beginning of his tenure in Seattle was terrible, and only got better when he was stripped of personnel responsibilities. What made Cleveland think he’d do well being in charge of the Browns? I don’t get it.
    _______________________________________

    Short answer. Our former, useless owner, Randy Lerner hired him.

    Same guy who was blown away by his interview of Eric Mangini. Hired him as head coach w/out bothering to meet w/ any other candidates that offseason. He was RIVETED by however Eric Mangini sold himself.

    Dude inherited the team from his late father, Al, and never knew what he was doing or WANTED to know what he was doing. He was in over his head and held on to the team WAY too long.

  28. hbdbrowns33 says: Oct 14, 2013 4:51 PM

    realitypolice: Management is in love with Brian Hoyer and he is definitely getting a shot at #1 next year.

    Yes they love Hoyer but with two first round picks next year the Browns will use one on a QB even if Hoyer starts the year as the starter.

  29. kwjsb says: Oct 14, 2013 7:41 PM

    I was a Colt hater, but seeing Hoyer run this offense I think Colt would be more efficient than Weeden, firstly Colt got rid of the ball, second he could feel the pocket and run out of trouble, third his main 2 recievers are out of the league already with these guys he could complete a few more.
    But in reality, Thaddy Lew had a QB rating of 100 vs. Cinci, I assume you have to be smart to play at Duke. Yet he was seen as not good enough to “COMPETE” with Weeden.

  30. gojags says: Oct 14, 2013 9:36 PM

    Is that Weeden in the photo? He looks like 60 years in that photo. Hard to believe that is a second yr QB.

  31. ivanpavlov0000 says: Oct 15, 2013 1:05 AM

    Weeden was both the best and worst offensive player for the Browns last week. When given plenty of time he showed that he’s an accurate passer with a great arm. With the right QB coach he could be great.

    The problem is he holds onto the ball too long, and when he gets pressured, he gets flustered. The results can be ugly, ugly, ugly.

    But it wasn’t Weeden who gave up 24 points in the second half against Detroit.

    It could be worse. Take a look at Pryor’s performance in the second half of the Raiders’ game. I’m amazed he still has a job.

  32. pabrownsfan says: Oct 15, 2013 9:33 AM

    I see the next three games as losses.

  33. throwedoff1 says: Oct 15, 2013 10:30 AM

    Besides all his ignorance of who the starting quarterback should be you Browns fans don’t have a snowballs chance in hell simply because your coaches last name is CHUDZINSKI holy geez man yall are doomed

  34. detroitdawg says: Oct 15, 2013 10:33 AM

    Watching this incompetent player is almost unbearable. We got teased for a couple of weeks watching a player who actually was decisive. Its absolutely amazing how one turd can ruin it for a whole team. He looks dumbfounded when he’s out there, you know he’s not your future so could it be any worse with Campbell in there?

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