BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns’ history at quarterback is a long and sordid one since 1999.
And it hasn’t gotten much better this season.
Last week, the Browns turned to Jason Campbell, who signed two-year, $3.75 million contract in March, to stabilize the offense while also hoping that he’ll give it a lift.
“It’s always tough when you have to come in during the middle of a season,” left tackle Joe Thomas said. “It was obvious that he’s got a lot of experience under his belt as a starting quarterback.”
It almost worked against the Chiefs.
Campbell started slow at Kansas City. The offense went 9 and out to start the game and they fell behind 13-0 before bouncing back and eventually climbing to within 20-17 in the second half.
“I think our emphasis is to play four full quarters,” Campbell said. “We haven’t done that just yet. There’s been games we’ve played a good half or a good quarter, then skip a quarter, [have] a good quarter. But our goal is to start to put together four quarters of football, be more consistent in what we’re doing and that way I think we can strive and move forward as an offense and as a team.”
He finished the day 22 of 36 for 293 yards, and 2 touchdowns and hopes to build on that this Sunday against Baltimore.
“Every week is an opportunity to grow,” Campbell said. “Just watching the film from last week, there were may be one or two plays you can’t just get out of your head because you wish you could have one or two plays back.
“I do believe the more you play, the better I can get a better feel and chemistry for the guys around me.”
For the second straight year the Browns have had to start at least 3 quarterbacks and it’s the 6th time since 1999 they’ve had to do (2010, 2008, 2004, 2000).
This year they did it in a 4 week span thanks to Brian Hoyer’s torn ACL and Brandon Weeden getting benched.
But it appears that they will stick with Campbell which offensive coordinator Norv Turner hopes will help the offense.
“It would really help in terms of continuity,” Turner said. “You put anyone’s name in that, you want to have the same guy in there, the huddle calls, the playcalls, the guys getting comfortable.
“You get in those third downs, you get in a two-minute situation, you get in a red-zone situation, that’s where it gets so much more intensified, and that’s where we have to grow and having the same guy in there [helps].”
Campbell was able to do exactly what the Browns hoped he would in Kansas City – bring poise, leadership and a calm to the pocket.
Now they hope wins will follow.
“I’m excited because I think Jason’s playing well,” Thomas said. “He’s going to be even better than he was last week. Its encouraging because if he can play just a little bit better and everyone plays a little bit better around him, I think we can be a pretty good offense.”
Campbell will try to do what no other quarterback has been able to do since 2007 – beat Baltimore.
Now that would be exciting.
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