Associated Press, Published September 18 2013
No. 3 quarterback is No. 1 for Browns as Hoyer will start against VikingsBEREA, Ohio – Week 3. Quarterback No. 3.
The Browns are up to their usual changes, just a lot earlier than normal.
With Brandon Weeden out with a sprained thumb for at least one game, and Cleveland’s offense unable to score, coach Rob Chudzinski shockingly named third-string QB Brian Hoyer his starter for Sunday’s game at Minnesota and demoted troubled wide receiver Greg Little.
Chudzinski’s decision to start Hoyer is a surprise since he picked him ahead of experienced backup Jason Campbell, who came off the bench last week after Weeden was injured in Baltimore. Hoyer had been listed as Cleveland’s third-team quarterback behind Campbell since training camp opened, and it had been assumed that if Weeden couldn’t play, Campbell would move one spot up the depth chart.
But Chudzinski decided to go with Hoyer to help the Browns (0-2) get their first win.
“I feel like based on our current situation – where we’re at offensively as well as getting into the game planning for Minnesota – that Brian’s strengths are the best fit for this week and that he gives us our best chance to win,” Chudzinski said. “The things that he does well fit what we need. For me, it’s about who gives us the best chance to win.
“We’re 0-2 right now, so we’re looking to shake things up to start winning games. We’re hoping this is a spark we need.”
Chudzinski added another layer of alarm to Wednesday’s news by failing to guarantee Weeden would get his job back.
“I’m going to leave all the options open,” Chudzinski said. “Really, it’s a matter of where he’s at from a health standpoint and all that plays into it and where we’re at and how guys are playing as well.”