Friday, August 16, 2013
Browns still won't name Weeden the starter
By Jamison Hensley
Even though it's probably a formality at this point, the Cleveland Browns still won't officially name Brandon Weeden their starting quarterback.
Weeden has been one of the top quarterbacks this preseason and has taken every snap with the Browns' first-team offense this summer. In two preseason games, Weeden has completed 18-of-25 passes (72 percent) for 229 yards and three touchdowns. He's led the Browns on five scoring drives (three touchdowns and two field goals) in six possessions.
"I'm still going to wait to name a starter," coach Rob Chudzinski told reporters on a conference call Friday afternoon.
At this point, the Browns can't ask for anything more from Weeden. He's improved his accuracy. He's improved in the red zone. The only reason why the Browns are waiting is to avoid any complacency. But, based on two preseason games, Weeden has earned the job. And, by relegating Jason Campbell exclusively to the second team, it's not like the Browns have given him any realistic chance to beat out the 2012 first-round pick.
Weeden likely will only have to wait another week to hear that he's beaten out Campbell for the starting job. If Weeden continues to play like he has all preseason, the Browns will probably announce their decision after the third preseason game (Aug. 24 at Indianapolis), which is when the starters see their most extensive action all preseason.