Browns may bench Weeden vs. Chiefs
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Brandon Weeden showered and dressed alone in one corner of Cleveland’s locker room. A day after his brutal performance in Green Bay, he was still a starting quarterback.
Barely. And a shaky one at that.
Weeden’s job has never been more unstable after Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Monday he’s considering a change at quarterback and could start backup Jason Campbell this week against the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs.
Chudzinski planned to discuss a possible switch with his staff, and didn’t seem to be leaning in either direction.
“We’ll basically put the guys at all positions who’ll give us the best opportunity to win,” Chudzinski said.
Weeden’s second straight poor outing has Cleveland fans clamoring for a change, but Chudzinski noted there are other problems — penalties, defensive breakdowns and dropped passes among them — to fix or the Browns (3-4) will be in danger of letting a once-promising season slip away.
Making his fourth start this season, Weeden completed 17-of-42 passes for 149 yards with a touchdown and interception against the Packers.
He made some common mistakes: locking onto receivers, forcing passes into tight coverage and trying another ill-advised underhanded flip in the fourth quarter.
It wasn’t pretty, but unlike last week, when Chudzinski effusively supported Weeden following a loss to Detroit, the coach was noncommittal.
“It’s not all Brandon and that’s the first thing you have to look at as you look at the tape and see,” Chudzinski said.
“There’s some execution errors and issues with other guys. Brandon needs to play better, but we all need to play better around him. We’ll go through that process, talking about that, and come up with the plan that gives us the best chance to win.”
Weeden only returned to the starting lineup two weeks ago after Brian Hoyer suffered a season-ending knee injury Oct. 3 against Buffalo.
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