The Cleveland Browns wisely decided to turn to veteran signal-caller Jason Campbell for the start yesterday over second-year pro Brandon Weeden, and the decision paid off. Therefore, it’s definitely no surprise to hear that Rob Chudzinski has officially announced that Jason Campbell will start in the Browns next game against the Baltimore Ravens. It’s a key rivalry contest for the Browns, who surprised the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this year with some magic from Brian Hoyer. Let’s see if this veteran backup can cobble together a big victory over an AFC North foe, because he was almost able to spearhead a huge upset over the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.
Campbell threw for 293 yards yesterday on 22-36 passing for an average of 8.1 yards per attempt, and those are certainly great numbers. While I don’t think he played as well as those gaudy stats seem to indicate, Campbell still played well, especially considering the fact that he was making his first start of the season against the league’s best pass defense. Campbell did everything he could do put the Browns in a position to win, and he hooked up with Josh Gordon for some big plays.
Starting Campbell this week must have been an absolute no-brainer for Chud, and I don’t anticipate the Browns ever having to go to Weeden for the rest of the season. Campbell isn’t a great quarterback or anything, but he’s a solid vet who knows what he’s doing and has a strong enough arm to make big things happen downfield.