Back-up QB Campbell Gets Call as Browns Take on Chiefs
CLEVELAND– Back-up quarterback Jason Campbell has witnessed the highs and lows from the sidelines through the Browns first seven games this season. From Brandon Weeden’s self-proclaimed bone-headed flip, to Brian Hoyer’s hometown heroics, and flashes of brilliance, Campbell has watched it all.
After Weeden’s latest poor showing, head coach Rob Chudzinski has pulled the trigger on a quarterback change and has turned to Campbell to get things moving in a positive direction. His challenge is a stiff one, as the Browns try to snap a two-game losing streak, when the Browns (3-4) travel to Kansas City to collide with the unbeaten Chiefs (7-0).
Campbell will be making his first start with the Browns, and 71st in his career. He got the starting nod once last year, and played in six games, while with Chicago.
“It’s an opportunity to go out there and just get back to the game and just having fun,” Campbell told reporters in Berea this week. “Obviously, we want to go win games and do the best we can. But at the same time, we understand we’re a growing football team and our goal and mission every week is to go out and win games.”
The Browns defense has been a bit of a concern during this time frame. Although still ranking in the top ten in both rushing and passing defense, the Browns have given up 86 points in the last three games.
“I think he’s (Campbell) really responded, had a good week of preparation. This game, it’s not just all about Jason. He just needs to go and be himself and do the things that he can do. We’ve stressed to everybody around and him playing to their best, as well,” Chudzinski explained on Friday. “We have a group of guys that are very resilient. They want to win, and they want to do everything they can do to win. They recognize that, individually, each one of us has to focus on what we need to do to get better. I expect them to be ready to play, and whoever is playing that position, or any position, that they’re going to rally behind and play.”
Kansas City is back on the NFL map. First-year head coach Andy Reid acquired quarterback Alex Smith in the off-season, and the partnership has worked perfectly. Smith has thrown for nearly 1600 yards and 7 touchdown thus far. Jamal Charles is energized and healthy again in the backfield. He has a little more than 900 yards of total offense and eight touchdowns.
Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
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