Nov 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell (17) passes the ball in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cleveland won 24-18. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Behind Enemy Lines: Cleveland Browns returns today to discuss the quarterback play of Jason Campbell with our friends at Factory of Sadness. Honestly we thought Brandon Weeden was back at quarterback, surprisingly enough it is Jason Campbell. Unfortunately for the Browns it has been a revolving door with quarterbacks this season and past seasons. So we wanted to know what the Browns thought of Jason Campbell.
Q: How has the fan base reacted towards Jason Campbell, confident or not? His last stops as a starter at Washington and Oakland were lackluster. Is there hope for him as the future quarterback or is he just a bridge until the club drafts a franchise quarterback?
A: The Browns fans have limited expectations of Campbell: throw the ball to Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron and not the other team. Hit players in stride and make quick decisions. Other then that its understandable that expectations are low for Campbell based on his history. His history says he has struggled because he has had so many offensive coordinators/systems. At this point he is back in a system similar to his time in Oakland. Based on the play of Brandon Weeden it is easy for Campbell to exceed the low level of play the Browns had put out for the last year and a half.
As for the future the Browns have made it clear that a franchise QB is needed. Likely that they will look to move up with a team struggling this year that already has their franchise guy (Giants, Falcons and Bills are possible partners). Campbell will most likely compete with Brian Hoyer next year to take control of the team for at least 1 year before allowing the 1st round pick to take the field. It is possible we could see something similar to the Drew Brees, Philip Rivers relationship from Norv Turner’s San Diego days.
Either way Hoyer and Campbell are most likely out after next year. A first round draft pick as well as a later developmental pick should be expected. A draft of Johnny Manziel and Kenny Guiton would be an interesting one if the Browns are unable to trade up.
FoS made some interesting points, the biggest one for is the possibility of drafting Johnny Manziel or Kenny Guiton. This is the first time I’ve heard Guiton’s name mentioned, that would be an interesting pick, and even more interesting to see how he would play at the next level.
We’ll be back later with another post in our on going discussion with FoS.