When Will the Cleveland Browns Finally Start Jason Campbell?
Excuse my bluntness, but Brandon Weeden sucks.
When the Cleveland Browns had Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback, they actually looked like a team with some playoff potential. And then Hoyer tore his ACL and Weeden, the Browns’ 2012 first-round pick, was inserted back into the starting role.
Since taking over, Weeden has been a train wreck. Not only is his decision-making horrid, but he holds the ball far too long, throws completely unnecessary interceptions and has already proven himself to be a bust. If you need evidence, just look at Weeden’s last two games against the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers.
So why is Jason Campbell still sitting on the bench while Weeden tanks what was once a pleasantly-surprising season for the Browns?
The Browns have numerous weapons to work with on the offensive side of the ball. Josh Gordon is one of the top up-and-coming wide receivers in the NFL, while Jordan Cameron is in the midst of a breakout year that could see him skyrocket to the top of his tight end rankings. Even Willis McGahee is a decent running back who can be effective when the defense has some sort of passing attack to worry about.
Unfortunately, none of these weapons can be taken advantage of with an inept quarterback like Weeden at the helm.
While Campbell is far from a solve-all, the Browns would be better off with him under center moving forward. Not only does he have far more starting experience than Weeden, but his strong arm fits well with Rob Chudzinski’s offensive scheme. Plus, he has the athleticism to make plays with his feet when Cleveland’s brittle pocket collapses.
It’s only a matter of time before the Browns are forced to hand Campbell the reins if they want to maintain any sort of competitiveness in 2013.
Weeden has to be on one of the shortest leashes in the NFL. Unless he magically becomes a quality quarterback, don’t be surprised to Campbell get the start in the near future.