Since the Cleveland Browns went back to Brandon Weeden as their starting quarterback, they’ve lost two-straight games and are 0-4 on the year in games he has started.
You don’t see teams often bench a QB they spent a first-round draft pick on the previous year, but Weeden has been horrendous since reclaiming his starting job after Brian Hoyer tore his ACL.
Weeden started the first half against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday by completing two of his first 11 passes while tossing in an interception and posting a 1.7 quarterback rating. Weeden currently ranks 32nd in the league in completion percentage, 31st in yards per attempt and 30th in passer rating.
Coach Rob Chudzinski has now decided to bench Weeden in favor of backup Jason Campbell for this Sunday against the 7-0 Kansas City Chiefs.
This is as strong an indictment of Weeden as a franchise quarterback as the team can possibly make. Campbell is a 32-year-old journeyman quarterback that did not look good in Chicago last year and did not particularly impress Chudzinski throughout the offseason. Why else would he be not taken seriously as a starting candidate throughout the offseason compared to Weeden and Brian Hoyer?