So, Norv Turner, tell us about the Browns’ quarterback situation.
“It’s a challenge,” the Cleveland offensive coordinator said (via ESPN.com).
Turner might be understating matters just a bit. It’s a challenge to do The New York Times crossword puzzle in ink. Heading into an NFL game not knowing whether you’re going to have to start a QB who hasn’t even been with the team two weeks rates a bit higher on the scale of concern.
Brandon Weeden is out. Jason Campbell has been cleared to practice, but still hasn’t been given the OK to play after suffering a concussion two weeks ago against the Steelers. And if Campbell can’t go, that leaves the Browns to choose between Alex Tanney and Caleb Hanie, both of whom only recently joined the team, to start against the Patriots on Sunday.
“There’s a lot of firsts for us this year,” Turner said. “… But it’s not as hard on the coaches as it is on the players.”
Tanney is listed as a second-year pro, though he has yet to record a single NFL statistic. He’s 6 feet 4, 220 pounds and played his college ball at Monmouth, Ill. In this year’s preseason for the Cowboys, he was 40 of 73 passing. And he was sacked seven times in his last preseason game.
Hanie was with the Ravens in the preseason but was cut when they decided to again go with just two quarterbacks on the roster. Hanie, in his fifth year in the NFL, had to step in for the Bears when Jay Cutler was injured, first in a playoff game against the Packers in the 2010 season, then starting four games in 2011. He is 59 for 116 passing for his career, with three touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a dismal passer rating of 41.6.
Yeah, it’s a challenge.