If it's May (or any other month), we must be talking quarterbacks. Browns' head coach Rob Chudzinski threw out the first pitch at the Indians-Mariners game Saturday. How soon before Brandon Weeden is asked if he thinks Chud's release is quicker than his own? Already this week, Weeden was asked about the competition with Jason Campbell and then whether he was surprised by the signing of Brian Hoyer. It was, after all, a pre-Memorial Day OTA. Campbell, we're told, knows the offense and is a physical specimen. Hoyer? Browns' GM Mike Lombardi liked him enough to once say on NFL Network he thought the Browns should acquire him and start him ahead of Colt McCoy. Of course, the Browns acquired Weeden to start ahead of McCoy, too. His 15 starts is 14 more than Hoyer has made in his NFL career. Campbell has eight TDs and six interceptions over the past two seasons. So it wasn't these Browns who acquired Weeden. OK. This regime still has a responsibility to pick the quarterback who gives it a chance to bring this inexorable QB pursuit to an end. That would be Weeden. If Weeden is no better under Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner halfway through this season than he was under Pat Shurmur, let the stories begin about his inevitable demise. But you find out nothing by turning to Campbell or Hoyer in preseason. So can we declare a quarterback controversy moratorium, at least until the final gun of the opener against Miami? If Campbell and Hoyer are really shots fired across Weeden's bow, you wouldn't want to go to war with the Browns' organization. Any quick move to Campbell or Hoyer not precipitated by injury should be seen as a cry for help. Not because either is a bad player, because it would dictate more quarterback shopping in the next draft and sell everybody involved short -- including Chudzinski and Turner. We hear that Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater is near the top of 2014 draft boards and the Browns have extra draft picks to go get their franchise quarterback. Matt Barkley was at the top of 2013 draft boards last May, too. If you just dropped in, you might think Weeden is coming off a season in which he played sparingly, threw just a handful of TD passes and turned in a 63.1 passer rating. Instead, those were Derek Anderson's numbers the year before he got discovered in Chudzinski's offense.An offense that ranked eighth overall in the league. Led by Anderson's 29 TDs. In a season that sent Anderson to the Pro Bowl as an alternate.
This Cleveland Browns QB obsession isn't healthy (or even much fun)
Cleveland Plain Dealer | May 20