Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Charmed life of Chiefs continues
By Adam Teicher
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For the third time in four games, the Kansas City Chiefs will face an opponent starting a different quarterback than the week before.
The Cleveland Browns, who play against the Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, will start veteran journeyman Jason Campbell instead of the struggling Brandon Weeden.
The move makes sense given Campbell's experience and mobility. The Chiefs lead the NFL in sacks with 35.
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said he made the change because he believed Campbell's skills give his team a better chance against Kansas City's defense.
“In looking at the Chiefs ... that’s a yes,’’ Chudzinski said. “[Campbell] has been able to win in this league and be productive. He’s got a good arm and mobility and he’s shown to be a playmaker. From a game-plan standpoint, I think his skill set gives us what we need.’’
Chudzinski wouldn’t confirm this, but watching video from last week’s game against the Houston Texans may have convinced him to make the move to Campbell. The Chiefs took three quarters to figure out the strengths and weaknesses of new Houston quarterback Case Keenum before sacking him four times in the fourth period.
To recap, the Chiefs also faced a new starting quarterback three weeks ago in Tennessee, where an injury to starter Jake Locker from the previous week forced the Titans to go with another veteran journeyman, Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Houston’s regular starting quarterback, Matt Schaub, also was injured last week and couldn’t play, but the Texans might have started Keenum anyway. Keenum took his first NFL snap against the Chiefs.
Now the Chiefs face Campbell, who hasn’t started a game since last season, when he played for the Chicago Bears. This is Cleveland’s third quarterback change of the relatively young season, but the first time they’ve tried Campbell, raising the question of how much confidence Chudzinski has in Campbell.
Next week, the Chiefs play against the Bills in Buffalo. Their regular starter, EJ Manuel, also won’t play because of an injury.
Barring injuries to the quarterbacks of other future opponents, Kansas City’s streak of luck will end over the season’s final seven weeks. The Chiefs will face Peyton Manning twice, Philip Rivers twice, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Terrelle Pryor.