Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has picked Brandon Weeden as the team’s starting quarterback, saying the second-year playmaker earned the position over veteran signal-callers Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer.
“Based on this process, Brandon has earned this job,” Chudzinski said Tuesday. “That’s extremely important to me that he did. He’s gained my complete trust. He’s gained his teammates’ complete trust, and this organization’s trust.”
Chudzinski said the team is behind his decision and his teammates will all be there to support Weeden, who becomes just the third quarterback in the expansion era of the Browns to start consecutive season openers.
The last time it happened was 2006 and 2007, when Charlie Frye did so. Tim Couch started three consecutive season openers from 2000 to 2002.
In two preseason games, Weeden completed 18 of 25 passes (72 percent) for 229 yards and three touchdowns. He led the Browns on five scoring drives (three touchdowns and two field goals) in six possessions.
Weeden’s 139.8 quarterback rating ranked second in the NFL this preseason, trailing only Tarvaris Jackson.
In 2012, Weeden started the Browns’ first 15 games and set franchise rookie records with five wins and 3,385 passing yards before missing the regular-season finale, a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, on Dec. 30, because of an ankle injury.
“I feel like I worked my tail off during the offseason, the spring, through OTAs and up until this point,” Weeden said. “It’s rewarding. Everybody in this locker room wants to be on the field and contribute to this team and win games.”
“I’m excited moving forward. Now, my main focus is going out, winning as many games and help this offense do as much as we can throughout the entire year,” he added.