Chudzinski names Campbell starting QB

Posted Oct 23, 2013

On Wednesday morning, Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski announced that Jason Campbell will be the starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski named Jason Campbell the starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium prior to Wednesday’s practice at the team’s Berea headquarters.

Chudzinski said he made the decision Monday night with “production” and “consistency” being the determining factors.

“I believe this is in the best interest of the team, ultimately, and gives us the best chance to win,” Chudzinski said. “I’m excited to see what Jason will do with this opportunity. I’m committed to doing what I feel is best and gives us the best chance to win in all cases and all decisions that I make, and this is how I feel about this particular situation.

“We’re going to evaluate it on a week-to-week basis. The whole goal is to put the guy out there that gives us the best opportunity to win. Going back and forth isn’t ideal, but, ultimately, finding the production and consistency that we need is the goal.”

Campbell has started for three other teams in his nine-year career, the Washington Redskins (2006-2009) Oakland Raiders (2010-2011) and most recently, the Chicago Bears (2012).

In two games with the Bears last season, Campbell completed 32 of 51 attempts for 265 yards and two touchdowns against two interceptions. In his career, Campbell has started 71 games, completed 1,328 passes for 14,682 yards and 76 touchdowns against 52 interceptions.

Campbell has had a positive touchdown-to-interception ratio in each of the seasons in which he has started a game, expect for last season, when he finished with an even ratio in limited action over six games.

“Looking at Jason, the things that he brings to the table, his leadership, his experience, he’s been productive and been successful in the league,” Chudzinski said. “You look at his arm strength, you look at his mobility and some of those things tie into it from a game plan standpoint of what we feel like we need for this game.”

Campbell spent the 2012 season backing up Jay Cutler in Chicago after a two-year run in Oakland was cut short with a broken collarbone suffered in a win over the Browns at the Coliseum.

Prior to the injury in 2011, Campbell led the Raiders to a 4-2 record, and completed 60.6 percent of his 165 pass attempts for 1,170 yards and six touchdowns against four interceptions.

“It gives you a sense and documentation and proof that he has been able to be productive and can get the job done and win,” Chudzinski said of Campbell’s run with the Raiders. “I have confidence in Jason, and have had all along the way, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he does with this opportunity.”


In the last three days, the Browns have made several roster moves, including adding defensive back Jordan Poyer through waivers via Philadelphia on Monday and wide receiver David Tyms from Miami’s practice squad Tuesday.

“They’re a couple guys, both of them, that we had good ratings on from our personnel department,” Chudzinski said. “They’re some young guys that are the developmental-type guys. We’ll see how quickly they can get up to speed and help us.”


Outside linebacker Quentin Groves was held out of Wednesday’s practice because of an ankle injury suffered in the loss at Green Bay last Sunday.

Chudzinski said of Groves, “We’re going to have him looked at. He’s a little sore.”

Defensive lineman Billy Winn is said to be “really close” to returning from a quadriceps injury that has forced him out of the lineup in each of the last four games.

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