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Continued: Quarterback problems? Browns starting 19th QB in 15 seasons vs. Vikings

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 19, 2013 - 7:41 AM

• What if they hadn’t selected receiver Braylon Edwards third overall, 21 spots ahead of Aaron Rodgers, in 2005?

• What if they hadn’t selected defensive tackle Phil Taylor 21st overall, 14 spots ahead of Andy Dalton and 15 spots ahead of Colin Kaepernick, in 2011?

• What if they hadn’t selected Weeden 22nd overall, 53 spots ahead of Russell Wilson, in 2012?

Hoyer backed up Brady in New England from 2009 to 2011 before moving on to Arizona last season. He has played in just 15 games, with his only start coming for the Cardinals in Week 16 a year ago. In that 27-13 loss at San Francisco, he completed 19 of 34 passes for 225 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Campbell, a ninth-year pro and former first-round pick of the Redskins, is 31-40 in 71 career starts. Before backing up Jay Cutler in Chicago a year ago, Campbell went 11-7 in two injury-riddled seasons with the Raiders.

Campbell replaced the injured Weeden with 3 minutes, 34 seconds left in Sunday’s loss at Baltimore. He was ineffective, completing one one of four passes for 6 yards.

“We just felt like where we’re at offensively and what we need to do from a game plan standpoint that Brian is the best fit,” said Chudzinski, whose team has scored one offensive touchdown while giving up league highs in sacks (11) and quarterback pressures (51).

“[Hoyer] gave us a spark in the fourth preseason game we played against Chicago. He’s a smart guy and an efficient guy who finds a way to make plays.”

With starters resting on both sides in that Bears game, Hoyer completed 24 of 35 passes for 307 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and an 81.5 passer rating in an 18-16 victory.

So far, the Browns haven’t shown the kind of quick-passing attack that has neutralized the Vikings pass rush, particularly in the season opener at Detroit.

“But I would not be surprised if that changes coming into our ballgame,” Frazier said. “They’ve taken a lot of sacks.”

Perhaps Hoyer, a Cleveland native who starred at Cleveland St. Ignatius High School, will provide a spark at the Metrodome. Maybe Chudzinski can recapture some of what he had in 2007 when he was the Browns’ offensive coordinator the year Derek Anderson went 10-5 in a rare Pro Bowl effort by a Browns quarterback.

Asked if Hoyer could win the job long-term, Chudzinski said, “We’ll play that by ear and see where Brandon is from a health standpoint and how Brian has performed and how we’re doing as a team.”

Unfortunately for the Browns, playing it by ear at quarterback is something they’ve been doing for most of the past 14 years.

 

Mark Craig • mcraig@startribune.com







 

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