With a brand-new offense, led by head coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner, this is Brandon Weeden’s chance to prove that he can lead the Browns to bigger and better things.
But Chudzinski isn’t ready to hand over the keys just yet.
“I feel good about where we’re at right now,” Chudzinski said,via CBS Cleveland. “He’s been working with the first group and we’ll just see as we go forward. We’re (working) on air right now so it’s very early but I do like what I’ve seen so far and we’ll see how it goes. Right now it’s too early to say anything one way or another.”
The Browns did add quarterback Jason Campbell in the offseason, so it’s not surprising that Chudzinski won’t commit to Weeden as the starter. However, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where Campbell is the starter over Weeden.
Weeden would have to be awful throughout training camp and the preseason to be unseated. It’s common to hear coaches sound unsure about a quarterback situation this early, though most likely have an idea in mind of who they’d like to start when it comes to “quarterback competitions.”
At the same time, a coach who commits to a starter this early (when it’s not, you know, a guy like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning) could very easily end up looking like an idiot later if it doesn’t pan out.
Not naming Weeden as the starter simply saves Chudzinski. Of course, the possibility for Campbell to actually become the starter is there.
It’s not likely, but it’s not impossible.