Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – After two ineffective games against the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, the Cleveland Browns have decided to bench Brandon Weeden and assign Jason Campbell as starting quarterback when they face the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday.
“It really is about production and ultimately being consistent in that area,” coach Rob Chudzinski said.
Campbell, who will be the 20th quarterback to start a game for the Browns since 1999, is in store for a tough assignment as the Chiefs lead the league pass-rushing with 35 sacks.
The Browns will gamble on Campbell, who has not started a game since November, when he threw for 109 yards for the Chicago Bears in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers
Cleveland has to try other options as Weeden has struggled the past six quarters, in which the Browns have been outscored 55-13. He ranks 32nd in the league in completion percentage, 31st in yards per attempt and 30th in passer rating.
“It’s not about one person. I know everyone wanted to say it’s about Brandon. But it really wasn’t about one person,” Campbell said. “We all as a collective group have to do a better job play in and play out.
“One thing that I could do is try to be a leader. At the same time try to do my job to the best of my abilities. Not try to do anything to the extreme. Try to stay within the game and find your rhythm,” he added.
Campbell had six starts in 2011 with Oakland and had the Raiders off to a 4-2 start. But he hurt his shoulder against the Browns, and the Raiders soon acquired Carson Palmer, effectively ending Campbell’s career in Oakland.
Chudzinski said the position will be evaluated on a weekly basis, although he acknowledged that going back and forth isn’t ideal.
“I’m committed to doing what I feel gives us the best chance to win in all cases,” Chudzinski said.