There are drawbacks to facing backup QBs

October, 24, 2013
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs have been facing a steady menu of backup quarterbacks. Beginning with their Oct. 6 game at Tennessee, the Chiefs are in the midst of a stretch of five games where they will face a quarterback who was a backup when training camp started.

For the second straight week, Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton had to amend a game plan because the opponent during the work week changed quarterbacks on him.

Sunday’s opponent, the Cleveland Browns, announced on Wednesday they would replace their struggling starter, Brandon Weeden, with veteran journeyman Jason Campbell.

Plenty of videotape exists on Campbell, a former starter for the Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders. But little exists from the past couple of seasons. He played in two games for the Chicago Bears last season and has thrown four passes for the Browns this year.

“You don’t have it in the context of who’s playing right now and a lot of times it’s not real situations,’’ Sutton said. “It might be the end of preseason games. He played in a Chicago-San Francisco game a year ago as the starting quarterback. We’ve looked at that, but that’s in a different system. So we don’t have as much (video) as you’d like with these receivers, with this offensive system. But that’s just the way it is. We’ve got to drill down as much as we can to understand his habits.

“You feel like you’re behind because you don’t have as much information as you’d like.’’

The Chiefs and Sutton went through the same drill last week when they played against the Houston Texans. Then, the Chiefs were scrambling to prepare for quarterback Case Keenum, who was playing in his first NFL game.

Sutton and the other Chiefs defensive coaches have prepared a game plan for Campbell at some point in the past, giving them an advantage.

“And the players have played against him so they know Jason," Sutton said. "They’ve been on the field with him. They know how fast the ball comes out, they know the velocity of the ball. Last week, I don’t think anyone had ever seen Keenum before. Until you get used to a guy like that and you know how quickly he releases the ball and what he can do, it makes it a little more challenging."

Adam Teicher

ESPN Kansas City Chiefs reporter

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