Campbell 'all about bouncing back'

Posted Nov 20, 2013

Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell has put Sunday’s loss to the Bengals in the past and is focused on leading the team against the Steelers.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell is not so much for studying history as he is about the practical application of the lessons learned from the past.

Prior to last Sunday’s 41-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Campbell completed 45 of 74 pass attempts (60.8 percent) for 555 yards and five touchdowns against no interceptions. He had also rushed for 37 yards and been sacked only four times for 28 lost yards.

Pressured by the Bengals’ front seven, Campbell completed 27 of 56 attempts for 248 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. Campbell was sacked four times for 20 lost yards and said he felt “like I never got into a rhythm in the game.”

Despite the setback in Cincinnati, coach Rob Chudzinski and teammates said they believe Campbell will bounce back against the Steelers.

“He’s anxious to get going this week, to have a great week of prep, come back and play the way that he can,” Chudzinski said. “Seeing him, being around him, knowing what he’s made of, just looking at his past and all the things he’s battled back from, he has the experience of doing that. As I’ve mentioned, that’s what really defines quarterbacks in this league because they’re going to go through some rough stretches and have some rough games.”

Defensive back Joe Haden added, “With J.C. being a vet and an older guy and the way he carries himself, we’ll see it while we’re out here at practice. He seems up, not down. It’s in the past. We’ve built trust in him. He’s established trust from the players. You don’t just lose it. He’s going to come back out here and just start it all back up again.”

Campbell said he has replayed the loss in his mind nearly a dozen times since Sunday night, but after taking what he could from the setback, the veteran signal-caller has set his sights squarely on the future, which begins against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium this weekend.

“It’s all about bouncing back and this week,” Campbell said. “You can’t live in the past. You’ve always got to look toward the future. Your past can help you, but if you hang on to it, it can hurt you. I was hard on myself Sunday night and Monday. I really was hurt by the outcome of the game because it was a game I really felt like we had a chance to win and put ourselves in really good position. The fact that it didn’t happen? What can you do about it now but just learn from it and move on?

“It happened, but it’s got to be put behind you. This is a new week, a new opportunity. If you can get on a streak here, you can look back at that game and say it made us a stronger and better team.”

Campbell said the team must “move on” because the team still has a lot to play for over the final six weeks of the regular season.

“What happened Sunday is done; it’s over,” Campbell said. “You can’t do anything. You can look at it two ways. You can bounce back this Sunday and come out and play great, or you can continue to hang your hat on that and come out flat. With us being in the race now at 4-6 with a lot of other teams, I think we need to put that behind us.

“Everything went wrong. We started off the game 13-0, and the wheels kind of fell off after that. Give them some credit. They made some great plays, blocked two punts and tipped balls into the air and got an interception. You can’t take anything away from them, but we’re a way better football team than what we put out. For us, it’s just a matter of getting back into a rhythm, getting ourselves going again and get back to playing football.”

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