Browns coach Rob Chudzinski faced a couple of big questions at his Monday meeting with the media and the answer was no to both of them.
Chudzinski told reporters that he has not decided who will start at quarterback when the Browns return to the field against the Bengals in Week Four and that the team has no plans to trade wide receiver Josh Gordon or anybody else. Gordon said Sunday that he hopes to remain with the Browns and CEO Joe Banner said that the team has “no intention” to make a deal, but the talk is likely to persist with the Browns’ new regime making it clear that they aren’t averse to dealing high picks made by the previous administration.
“We have no plans on any of the trades,” Chudzinski said, via Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. “If there was an issue, I would talk to [them]. The things that are out there that people say, the rumors, the things that people swirl around are just all noise. The reality is what’s in that team meeting room.”
As for the quarterbacks, Chudzinski praised Brian Hoyer for a “gutsy performance” before saying the team would wait to see how Brandon Weeden’s thumb is healing before making a call.
“We’ll sit down later today and talk about next week’s game, we’ll find out from a health status where guys are coming up in the next day or two and from a game-plan standpoint what we think we need to do and make those plans going forward,” Chudzinski said.
Chudzinski didn’t equivocate last week when he said Weeden wasn’t promised anything more than a shot at the starting job when healthy, so Hoyer’s performance in winning the game is sure to carry some weight when those team meetings take place.