Found October 28, 2013 on Waiting For Next Year:
Three straight three and outs. The Kansas City Chiefs marching up and down the field, seemingly 14 plays at a pop to score points. An offense that looked like they wouldn’t cross midfield let alone score. Why do we waste our time with this? Because we love the Browns and that is what we do here. In the midst of what was looking like a 40-0 blowout, something just clicked. Two plays changed everything – The first, first down of the game on a pass to Jordan Cameron for 19 yards, which was followed by the flea flicker 39 yard TD pass from Jason Campbell to Josh Gordon. From that point on, the Browns played like a completely different team. There is still little to no running game, but there was one noticeable difference after those first three series that produced a triple of three and outs; Quarterback play. Nobody will admit to being a Brandon Weeden backer anymore. I’ll say it. While I never thought he was going to be a star, I thought maybe, just maybe, he would flourish in the Norv Turner offense. You know, the one that was supposedly perfectly suited for his particular skill set? It was one thing for me to see Brian Hoyer come in and provide a spark to the offense with his mobility, quick release, and command of the offense. It was quite another to see Campbell, a guy who the organization clearly did not want to go to unless an extreme circumstance occurred, move the team the way he did in yesterday’s six-point loss in KC. If not for a couple of Devone Bess mistakes, we could be talking about Campbell knocking off the last of the NFL unbeatens in their home stadium. The rest of the skill position players really have not changed other than the rotation of average RBs (yes, this includes you, Trent Richardson). Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron are the same big targets that thrived with Hoyer at the helm and didn’t have near the success when Weeden had the keys to the car. Campbell faced the #1 ranked defense in the NFL and once he got settled, moved the team with little help from his running game. It was completely obvious from watching Campbell play yesterday that no matter what kind of physical specimen Weeden may be, he just will never succeed as a successful NFL QB. Campbell (22-36, 293 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT) did things that Weeden just never did, namely knowing how to avoid a rush and get rid of the ball. Hoyer did it. Campbell did it. Weeden never could figure it out. I watched with amazement at how easy the veteran Campbell would see the edge rushers coming, slide his feet forward, step up in the pocket, and throw. This is QB 101. Why is it that Weeden was never able to grasp such an easy concept? In addition, Jason is mobile. He is not Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson, but he uses his escapability to allude the rush and avoid sacks. The Chiefs came into Sunday leading the NFL in sacks and it wasn’t until the fourth quarter that they got their first and only one. Had Weeden been back there, I assure you that wouldn’t have been the case. In today’s NFL, unless you are Peyton Manning, a master of getting the ball out quickly, you have to be able to move at least a little. Again, another strike against Weeden. Even with Norv’s offense giving Weeden an increased number of snaps in the shotgun, nothing seemed to help his “stare at one receiver….hold….hold…hold…..hold…sack” routine. While I am not here to tell you Jason Campbell is the second coming or even the answer, it was easy to see that he at last is a capable backup QB in a pinch. More importantly, his play and the two plus games we saw from Hoyer were the biggest indictment of Weeden’s skills. The more you saw Hoyer and Campbell play, the more you realized just how bad Weeden was. By all accounts, Brandon is a good guy. I actually feel sorry for him. But he is not just a starting NFL QB and may not even be backup worthy. Regardless, we all know what he can and cannot do and don’t want to see it again. He will be playing (well, not playing) somewhere else in 2014 and the Browns will be once again looking for a franchise savior QB in the draft. Wash, rinse, repeat. It just needs to be stated once more: Mike Holmgren hired Pat Shumur as his head coach and drafted Brandon Weeden as his QB of the future. Amazing what $40 million can buy you these days….  (Joshua Gunter/ The Plain Dealer)
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Brandon Weeden era should finally be over with solid performance by Jason Campbell

The Brandon Weeden era, which comes back like a zombie on the rampage, should be done forever after Jason Campbell’s solid performance against the last unbeaten team in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs. Campbell’s statistics were a very respectable 22 of 36 passing with 293 yards, two touchdowns, and most importantly, no interceptions. For those of you keeping track. Brandon...

Jason Campbell Will Start Week 9 For Cleveland

After a solid effort against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, Browns QB Jason Campbell will get a second start in Week 9, according to Coach Rob Chudzinski.Fantasy Spin:Campbell threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns against a very good Chiefs defense and earned another opportunity. He has talented receivers in Josh Gordan and Jordan Cameron so could be a decent option in two QB leagues.

WATCH: Browns scores on the tricky flea flicker play

Late in the second quarter, with the Browns trailing 13-0, quarterback Jason Campbell and the Cleveland Browns decided to run a little trickeration. Honing their inner middle school playground game, the Browns ran a flea flicker. While the flea flicker normally does not work, this week, for the Browns it worked perfectly. Campbell hits wide receiver Josh Gordon for a 39-yard touchdown...

Video: Loyal (a Lorde “Royals” parody about the Cleveland Browns)

Earlier this week WMMS’s The Alan Cox Show produced a parody of 16 year old New Zealand sensation Lorde’s number one hit song “Royals”. The song pokes fun at the ongoing frustrating quarterback situation and the heavy drinking that goes along with it. Lyrics by Erika Lauren, Alan Cox, and Bill Squire Production by Miles Hlivko Lyrics: I’m used to seeing Weeden getting...

Cleveland Browns Game Eight: Winners and Losers

Who caught your eye? Did someone stand out? Who blew it? That’s what were interested in this morning. Winners and losers. Another week, another loss. Do you take any consolation from the game being close? Should the Browns? Did someone out there drop the ball? Sorry, that was a little too easy of a shot I guess. LOSER: Devone Atrayo Bess. Brutal. It’s hard to remember that it...

Week 9 Standard & PPR Waiver Wire Targets

How about that Marvin Jones? He had a monster day in Week 8. As we’re getting into the make or break part of the fantasy football season let’s take a look at some potential waiver wire targets going into Week 9. Happy hunting, and good luck this week! Jason Campbell (QB, Browns) It looks like […]The post Week 9 Standard & PPR Waiver Wire Targets appeared first on Punch Drunk Wonderland.

Browns, Bess fail to capitalize in Kansas City

You really don’t want to try to blame one guy for a loss. I know that might seem comical coming from someone who has almost single-handedly blamed Brandon Weeden for the Browns’ woes the last few weeks, but really I’ve been one of many voices in that choir. Today in Kansas City it’s very difficult to look at the final results without wondering what could have been had Davone...

Chiefs hold on to beat Browns 23-17, stay unbeaten

The Kanas City Chiefs put the game in the hands of their defense. It came through one more time. Alex Smith threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns, and the Chiefs held off the Cleveland Browns late in the fourth quarter to preserve a 23-17 victory Sunday and remain the NFL's lone undefeated team. The Chiefs (8-0), off to their best start since winning their first nine games...

Chiefs beat Browns, move to 8-0

The Kanas City Chiefs put the game in the hands of their defense. It came through one more time. Alex Smith threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns, and the Chiefs held off the Cleveland Browns late in the fourth quarter to preserve a 23-17 victory Sunday and remain the NFL's lone undefeated team. The Chiefs (8-0), off to their best start since winning their first nine games...

Week 8 Early Games Open Thread

[via]Standing in the way of the Chiefs extending their perfect start to 8-0 at the midway point is a Browns team led by Jason Campbell playing on the road. Have a sneaky feeling they’re gonna be all right.The Lions travel to Dallas for the most attractive game on paper in the early slate. Last weekend, we were treated to Megatron vs. A.J. Green on the same field. Today, the battle...

Chiefs survive another scare, improve to 8-0 with win over Browns

The Chiefs won the kind of game it takes to stay unbeaten. The Chiefs escaped with a 23-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in front of a quiet crowd of 74,307 that wasn’t expecting such a nerve-wracking game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs, now 8-0, hardly moved the ball in the second half against the Browns, 3-5. The NFL sack leaders didn’t come up with their...

NFL Week 8 Picks and Winners with Analysis

Another winning day yesterday as I posted winning upsets on Twitter with UNLV +6 and Tulane +2 both winning straight up. My big play on Buffalo -2 was a winner as well as they smashed Kent State.This Sunday in Week 8, I like the money line parlay with the Kansas City Chiefs, Bengals, Packers, Seahawks, and the Saints.The Chiefs should win as the Browns are playing Jason Campbell...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.