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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Browns name Jason Campbell QB

By Pat McManamon
ESPN.com

BEREA, Ohio -- Jason Campbell will take over at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in Kansas City against the Chiefs, replacing Brandon Weeden, who was ineffective Sunday in Green Bay and in the second half of his previous start against Detroit.

"It really is about production and ultimately being consistent in that area," coach Rob Chudzinski said Wednesday.

Campbell will be the 20th quarterback to start a game for the Browns since 1999. He draws the difficult task of facing the league's top pass-rushing team -- the Chiefs lead the league with 35 sacks. He has not started a game since November, when he threw for 109 yards for Chicago in a loss to San Francisco.

But Weeden has struggled the past six quarters, in which the Browns have been outscored 55-13. He ranks 32nd in the league in completion percentage, 31st in yards per attempt and 30th in passer rating. 

"It's not about one person. I know everyone wanted to say it's about Brandon. But it really wasn't about one person," Campbell said Wednesday. "We all as a collective group have to do a better job play in and play out.

Campbell
The Browns' Jason Campbell will start at quarterback Sunday in Kansas City, replacing Brandon Weeden.

"One thing that I could do is try to be a leader. At the same time try to do my job to the best of my abilities. Not try to do anything to the extreme. Try to stay within the game and find your rhythm."

Campbell had six starts in 2011 with Oakland and had the Raiders off to a 4-2 start. But he hurt his shoulder against the Browns, and the Raiders soon acquired Carson Palmer, effectively ending Campbell's career in Oakland.

"I think looking at Jason, the things he brings to the table [are] his leadership, his experience," Chudzinski said. "He's been productive and successful in the league. Look at his arm strength, his mobility and those things, [then] tie in from a game-plan standpoint for what we need in this game."

Chudzinski said the position will be evaluated on a weekly basis, although he acknowledged that going back and forth isn't ideal.

"I'm committed to doing what I feel gives us the best chance to win in all cases," Chudzinski said. 

Wide receiver Davone Bess said the decision is out of the players' control.

"That's the easy thing to say, something had to be done and we had to make a switch. We know we got a lot of work to do and it's not just one person, starting with Brandon," he said. "We all have some accountability to own up to. That's the nature of this business. That's what it is. We all signed up for it. Gotta get better."