There is a 90-percent chance Brandon Weeden start on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, but he will be operating under a short leash. This according to a report from Mary Kay Cabot.
From her story:
There’s a “90% chance” the Browns will start quarterback Brandon Weeden Sunday against the 7-0 Chiefs, but he’s “on a short leash,” a league source told cleveland.com Tuesday.
The source said some in the Browns’ organization have grown weary of Weeden’s ineffectiveness, and that they won’t hesitate to play Jason Campbell if he continues to struggle.
Weeden has struggled mightily since being drafted at the end of the first round in 2012. In 19 career starts he possess a 5-14 record with 19 touchdown passes and 23 interceptions. He’s been benched once this season due to poor performance but his replacement, Brian Hoyer, tore his ACL and is out for the season.
So far this season Weeden has completed less than 53-percent of his passes and thrown six interceptions. It would be hard to think he’d last a full game against Kansas City if it is true he is on a short leash.
Weeden’s potential backup isn’t all that impressive either. We last saw Campbell with the Chicago Bears where he started one game in which he amassed 107 yards and two interceptions. He was, however, the starting quarterback for the Raiders in 2010 and beat the Chiefs twice. It should be noted this is a very different Chiefs defense than the one he saw three years ago.
Kansas City has already played two backup quarterbacks in Ryan Fitzpatrick and Case Keenum. Should Campbell start, there is a chance the Chiefs will have played four backup quarterback (E.J. Manuel is expected to be out for the Buffalo game) in their first nine games.
Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. But it is even better to be lucky and good.