Browns QB Brandon Weeden May Lose Starting Job
By Allen Kim
It appears that the Trent Richardson trade to the Indianapolis Colts is just the start of sweeping changes coming to the Cleveland Browns. Coach Rob Chudzinski’s latest press conference gave a few hints at what the future may hold, and QB Brandon Weeden may not be a part of them.
Weeden is currently dealing with an injured right thumb, and Brian Hoyer has been announced as his replacement for Week 4 when they face off against the Minnesota Vikings. Chudzinski seems to feel more comfortable rolling with him instead of Jason Campbell, who was widely considered to be the first option behind Weeden. There’s also a chance that Weeden will still be holding a clipboard along the sidelines even after he’s healthy if Hoyer shows a marked improvement over Weeden behind center.
“I feel like based on our current situation where we’re at offensively, as well as getting into the game planning for Minnesota, that Brian’s strengths are the best fit for this week and that he gives us the best chance for a win,” said Chudzinski. “We’ll evaluate where Brandon is at and everything else week to week.”
Chudzinski and the organization clearly do not have the utmost confidence in Weeden, and they’re essentially auditioning Hoyer to see what he brings to the table.
“I’m going to leave all of the options open,” Chudzinski said. “It’s a matter of where he’s at from a health standpoint — all of that plays into it — where we’re at and how guys are playing, as well.
“The bottom line is we want to play the guy who is going to give us the best chance to win.”
Chudzinski would not guarantee Weeden the No. 1 spot on the depth chart, opting to leave it as an open competition. In reality, they’re just testing Hoyer out to see if he is competent enough to make a few plays behind center. The Richardson trade practically confirms that the organization is looking to throw in the towel on the 2013 NFL season to get one of the top quarterbacks in the 2014 draft.
“I don’t really see it as that,” said Chudzinski. “We’ll see how things are going, how Brandon is doing from a health standpoint, evaluate it on a weekly basis and put the guy out who is going to give us the best chance to win, whoever that is.”