By Tony Grossi | ESPNCleveland.com
The Morning Kickoff …
2013 in review: Another in a periodic series reviewing the Browns’ season of 4-12.
The Browns may go until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 without a coaching staff. When a coach is hired and his staff assembled, its first order of business will be to evaluate the players on the roster via videotape review. Today we kick off a look at the Browns’ position groups.
Players under contract (through year): Jason Campbell (2014), Brian Hoyer (2014), Alex Tanney (2015), Brandon Weeden (2015).
Players not under contract: None.
Total snaps (incl. special teams): Campbell, 503; Weeden, 452; Hoyer, 152.
Games started: Campbell, 8; Weeden, 5; Hoyer, 3.
Analysis: Handling of the quarterbacks – or mishandling of them – started the gears turning for an eventual coaching change in the minds of the front office. The season started with Weeden No. 1, Campbell No. 2 and Hoyer No. 3. As it played out, Hoyer was 2-0 as the starter, Campbell 1-7 and Weeden 0-5. Weeden also relieved Hoyer in his third start, a Browns win. The season ended with Campbell, the 20th quarterback to start a game since 1999, at the helm but questioning his future with the team. Another overhaul is inevitable. Every NFL draft analyst already is projecting the Browns to do whatever it takes to acquire Texas A&M playmaker Johnny Manziel in the draft. Hoyer’s return from October ACL surgery is planned for April. He may enter the offseason as the starter. The odd men out will be Weeden and Campbell. Weeden has a $920,000 guarantee for 2014, which makes a trade unlikely and a release probable. Campbell’s 45 percent play time triggered a $1 million escalator to his 2014 base salary. That brings his 2014 salary to $3.25 million – surely too high for a backup who complained about cold weather and admitted he pressed over the final four losses. Tanney, whose claim to fame was a YouTube video of trick throws that went viral while at Monmouth College, was signed off the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad when Campbell suffered a concussion in Game 12. He was recommended by assistant GM Ray Farmer, who originally signed Tanney in 2012 while with Kansas City.
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