By Tony Grossi | ESPNCleveland.com
Extra Points …
Carousel update: On the first day of the work week to prepare for a game against the New England Patriots, Rob Chudzinski still had no idea who will play quarterback for the Browns on Sunday.
And he was being totally honest.
“It’s a very fluid situation, unique, something I haven’t necessarily been around,” Chudzinski said. “I’ll name the starter later in the week.”
Here is the very latest on the Browns QB Carousel:
* Jason Campbell: Ten days after suffering a concussion v. Pittsburgh, he has been cleared for “activity” but not for practice. He wasn’t seen in the locker room period open to media.
* Brandon Weeden: Three days after suffering a concussion v. Jacksonville, he too has been cleared for “activity” but not for practice. He wasn’t seen in the locker room.
* Alex Tanney: Nine days after joining the Browns from the Dallas practice squad, he shared first-team reps at practice.
“I’m definitely progressing,” Tanney said. “Last week was good, being able to rep through it. I’m still learning, but starting to pick it up. I’m preparing (to play) like I have been my entire life. Not sure it’s going to happen, but I’ll be ready.”
* Caleb Hanie: Two days after joining the Browns from his home in Dallas, TX, he shared first-team reps with Tanney.
Hanie worked out for the Browns the week they chose to sign Tanney. That was his first NFL workout since being released by the Baltimore Ravens at the final roster cut on Aug. 31.
“I felt like I had a good workout,” Hanie said. “I was disappointed to go home. Glad to be back.
“I got in Monday night. I will have five or six days preparation in the offense (by Sunday). Luckily I’ve been in this numbers systems with (Mike) Martz (in Chicago) and a little bit in Baltimore with (former coordinator) Cam Cameron as well. I’m pretty well versed in it, and it’s been coming along pretty quick so I feel pretty confident.
“It’s a little … I don’t know the word … it is what it is. It’s a crazy league. One week you’re sitting home eating Thanksgiving (dinner) with your family and the next week you could be playing for the Browns. It’s pretty crazy. I just try to take it in stride. I don’t try to think about what kind of situation it is.”
Chudzinski isn’t ruling anything out – including playing both Tanney and Hanie, if need be.
The Browns can’t calculate whether Campbell and/or Weeden will be cleared to practice on Thursday or Friday. So they have to proceed in trying to prepare Tanner and/or Hanie to play.
“We’d like to see more of them and see them actually going through the course of the game plan this week,” he said. “We can wait till Friday or all the way up to game day, if we have to. I think we’ll get a better sense, though, as we get into the reps and then we can go into either direction.”
Bill’s laughing (no, not really): Bill Belichick is 5-2 as Patriots coach against his former team since the Browns returned as an expansion team.
Belichick has pretty much been his own general manager since taking over the Patriots in 2000. He played with Drew Bledsoe at QB in his first meeting, a 19-11 loss. Since then it has been all Tom Brady at QB except for a mopup appearance in 2004 by Rohan Davey.
In the seven meetings with Belichick, the Browns have had four GMs and four head coaches and have played seven quarterbacks.
I asked Belichick if that pretty much sums up why the Browns have been unable to turn this thing around.
“I’m not that really familiar with everything that goes on there,” he answered. “I’m just trying to coach our team and help the New England Patriots as much as I can. There’s certainly a lot of things that we can and need to do better. That’s really where my focus is. I can’t evaluate all the other teams in the league, what they’re doing. I have enough trouble trying to coach this team and organization.”
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