Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski has a big decision to make this week as the Browns get ready to face the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs…in KC no less. The Browns had to go back to Brandon Weeden following Brian Hoyer’s season-ending injury a few weeks ago, and Weeden has been predictably awful. He has shown nothing resembling a legitimate NFL starter, and it seems like Weeden is only getting worse and worse. Weeden managed to make the Green Bay Packers secondary look amazing, and you can only wonder how bad he will be this week against the Chiefs defense. They have the best pass defense in the NFL for sure, and Weeden is as bad as any quarterback in this league at dealing with pressure; the likes of Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, and Dontari Poe bring tons of it.
But Chud probably doesn’t want to make a flip too soon. Even so, starting Jason Campbell has to be the right decision at this point, and we’ve all seen him play at a solid level. He looked good for the Oakland Raiders in 2011 before a season-ending injury, and he also looked good in a couple of years with the Washington Redskins. Campbell has been on a playoff team, and he also deals with pressure much better than Weeden. Campbell is athletic, and he has a pretty strong arm. At this point, Weeden offers nothing, whereas Campbell should give the Browns a chance to win some games and can get the ball to Josh Gordon with relative ease.
ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that the Browns QB decision will be made today, and that Chud is still deciding between Campbell and Weeden. The fact that he is taking this long to decide means that Weeden’s leash is as short as it gets. Nobody is expecting a win against KC, but the Browns should expect to play the QB who could give them the best chance at an improbable upset. At this point, that player looks like Jason Campbell.