Add Jason Campbell to the long list of (mostly unimpressive) quarterbacks who have started for the Cleveland Browns since they reentered the NFL in 1999.
Campbell will start ahead of struggling Brandon Weeden this week at Kansas City, coach Rob Chudzinksi said. The news came from the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot:
#Browns HC Chud said Jason Campbell will start at QB for Browns.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) October 23, 2013
Basically, the Browns couldn't handle watching Brandon Weeden anymore. Weeden struggled early in the season, then got hurt. Brian Hoyer played well in his place, but a torn ACL ended his season. Weeden got another shot, but played poorly for two weeks in a row, both Browns losses. The team must have figured Campbell couldn't do much worse. Weeden's passer rating is just 66.5 this season. So Campbell becomes the Browns' third starting quarterback in eight games. According to Cabot, he's the 20th quarterback to start for Cleveland since 1999.
Campbell is in his ninth NFL season, and has started games with the Redskins, Raiders and Bears. His only start last year for the Bears was unimpressive. Against San Francisco, he was 14-of-22 for 107 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
It's not an ideal situation for the Browns, going against a tough Chiefs defense at Arrowhead Stadium (this will be the third time in four weeks that Kansas City will face a backup quarterback), but the team had seen enough from Weeden.
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