The Cleveland Browns head coach, Rob Chudzinski just announced the team will start quarterback Jason Campbell over much maligned former starter Brandon Weeden this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. According to NFL.com, Chudzinski announced the quarterback move in his Wednesday morning press conference.
This is an interesting move as Campbell has a bit of experience playing against the Chiefs. The last time the Chiefs were the last undefeated team in the league was 2010, a year that saw the team win the AFC West. However, the Jason Campbell led Oakland Raiders beat them twice that year. In fact, the Raiders swept the entire AFC West that season, accounting for six of the team’s eight wins.
During that season, Campbell started both games. He completed 34 of his 58 attempted passes for 384 yards. He threw two touchdowns and an interception. He was sacked a total of seven times in both games combined.
Perhaps Campbell’s familiarity with the Chiefs was the reason for the quarterback change. The Browns are barely in second place in the AFC North and believe it or not, very alive in the playoff picture as the NFL quickly moves to the mid-season point.
After many thought the Browns had written off their season by trading away their former number one draft pick running back, Trent Richardson, to the Indianapolis Colts and the season ending injury of their hometown hero quarterback, Brian Hoyer, they’re still very much in the hunt.
Of course, the Chiefs team that Campbell played and beat twice in 2010 isn’t the same team taking the field this season.
This will be the second team in two weeks the Chiefs have faced that will be starting a new quarterback for the first time this season. Though the team got the win against the Houston Texans last Sunday, the rookie quarterback, Case Keenum, gave the Chiefs defense a run for their money in the first half. The Chiefs veterans who remain on this team from that 2010 squad are a bit more familiar with Campbell, so it will be interesting to see how this one shakes out.