Johnson Bademosi sat in the corner of the room by his locker singing along to a mobile device.
“Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone.”
For the record, I’m pretty sure Bademosi wasn’t lamenting Brian Hoyer or Brandon Weeden.
Meanwhile Jason Campbell was getting mic’d up for the usual starting quarterback interview with the media. Campbell of course is the third quarterback in four weeks to be standing in front of the lockers answering questions about being the starting quarterback.
“The NFL season is like a roller coaster,” said Campbell. That’s an understatement.
“It’s an opportunity to go out there and get back to the game. Just have fun,” Campbell said when asked about the chance to start again. “It’s not about one person, everyone wants to say it’s about Brandon, but it really wasn’t about one person. We all need to do a better job, play in and play out of doing our own job. You try to be a leader, but at the same time I try to do my job to the best of my abilities.”
The roller coaster this week leads to Kansas City to play the undefeated Chiefs. The Chiefs aren’t a flashy team, but they are solid. They have a stout defense that averages five sacks a game. The Browns are seventh in the league with 20 sacks, and the Chiefs have 15 more.
Certainly part of the reason for the move to Campbell has to do with Weeden’s propensity to get sacked. Brandon has been sacked an average of 4.2 times this season. Hoyer was sacked 2.5 times a game in his starts. Whether it is quicker decisions, better mobility or a quicker release, the Browns believe Campbell gives them a better shot to beat the Chiefs. And they are probably right.
In the locker room, players went about the business of Wednesday. Another week, another round of questions about if they have confidence in the new starter and what will be different with him under center.
Joe Thomas is one of the few veterans that is usually in the locker room on Wednesdays to answer questions. Joe is a true pro. He gives answers without throwing his teammates under the bus. He is a media relations’ department dream. Thomas usually comes in after the quarterback is done with his interview, has a quick chat with Doug Dieken and stands at his locker for the scrum to ask him questions about this week’s opponent and whether the offense believes in fill in quarterback name here.
Joe didn’t come to the locker room while reporters were allowed in Wednesday. He may have had some other commitment at the time, but if he didn’t would anyone blame him for not wanting to answer the same questions again about a change at the quarterback position again?
“Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone, And this house just ain’t no home, anytime she goes away.”
In case you’re wondering yes, Bademosi can carry a tune.