You’ve got questions and comments that you submit to the Browns’ official Facebook and Twitter pages, and Daily@ClevelandBrowns.com. Here’s what I have to say about what you have to say:
Seth says: “
I say: At this point, Seth, I don’t necessarily see Campbell as a better option to
Your points about his experience are valid. His 71 career starts are significant. But experience, alone, isn’t enough of a reason to make the switch you’re proposing. If it was, then Campbell would have been the obvious choice, rather than Brian Hoyer (who had made all of one career start at that point) to take over after Weeden suffered his thumb injury in Week 2. Hoyer got the call because he was seen as having more dynamic skill to bring to the table, which he clearly demonstrated through most of the two starts he made before his season-ending knee injury.
My sense is that Campbell would face the same difficulties that Weeden and Hoyer have faced – inconsistent pass protection and a receiving corps that is limited to a couple of high-end playmakers,
Could Campbell eventually become the starter even if Weeden stays healthy? Of course, but only if the bottom falls completely out from under Weeden. And, no, that did not happen against the Lions, despite that ugly late interception. Weeden’s first-half performance still was arguably the best of his brief career.
Blaine says: “Brandon Weeden sucks the life out of everyone on the field. They know they have ZERO chance of winning with him out there.”
I say: If that’s the reason for the Browns’ three second-half collapses, it’s a pretty lame one.
No, Weeden did nothing to help and clearly made one of the big plays that hurt the Browns in the second half against the Lions. But that cannot be any justification for other players to give anything less than their best.
They don’t necessarily have to do more, either. They just have to do their job. They just have to be professionals. And being a professional means that you do your job under all circumstances … and especially the difficult ones.
There is absolutely no excuse for any phase of the team to let down, and that includes poor play from the quarterback.
Barb says: “Weeden did not lose the Detroit game. The whole team did not show up after the half. The Lions made adjustments at the half. The Browns did not. Weeden’s game was damn near identical to Peyton Manning Sunday. Look at the stats. The O-line did not protect Weeden, and the defense could not contain the TE. Yes, the INTs hurt. But our defense had a lot to do with this loss.”
I say: Well said, Barb. It was truly a team loss.
I also believe that, ultimately, the better team won.
Chris says: “As D’Qwell Jackson said, there’s still a lot of football left to have a good season and unlike Browns teams of recent years, this team is competitive and will be in ballgames.”
I say: You’re right, Chris.
I do think the Browns have more overall talent than they’ve had in a while, although they definitely have holes to plug. I also believe they’re a better-coached team than they’ve been in several years.
Despite Sunday’s second-half clunker, the defense looks to be solid enough to keep the Browns competitive in all of their remaining games. If the offense can keep mistakes to a minimum while being at least somewhat productive, I think it’s fair to say there will be more victories through the balance of the season.
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