Jason Campbell aims for improvement

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell was not happy with his performance against the Chicago Bears and aims to be better this week against the New York Jets.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell completed 23 of 39 attempts for 273 yards with one touchdown, a 43-yarder to wide receiver Josh Gordon in the fourth quarter, but had two interceptions, including one returned for a score, in last Sunday’s 38-31 loss to the Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium.

And following the performance, Campbell took the loss to heart, saying: “We had an opportunity in the fourth quarter to maybe get a field goal and go up. We did some things that went against us, moved backwards. We were in field goal territory. That’s an opportunity for us to go up ten. We have to do our part. It’s not on one side of the ball. We have to go and look at the film, did I play great today? No, I didn’t. I didn’t have one of my best games. All of us feel that way.”

On Wednesday, Campbell explained why he was so disappointed with his performance against the Bears in the Brown’s regular-season home finale.

“I always take them hard,” Campbell said of losses. “You just feel like you’re fighting and you feel like the guys are fighting and the effort’s there, and it’s just like, ‘Man, we’re right there,’ but for whatever reason, we can’t get that break late in games and it’s hard because you just sit at home and you think about the time and hours we put in and this team wants to win and that’s what it’s all about.

“At the same time, I think I put more pressure on myself because when I can be at my best, it really gives us more of an opportunity to win and I just feel like I put pressure on myself because there’s a certain level that I can play at and be consistent at and I feel like when you have that great game and a minor setback, it bothers you a little bit, but at the same time, my competitive nature from the inside, I just want to be successful and take hold of the things that I can control.”

Despite the disappointment, Campbell was able to take several lessons from the loss to the Bears, namely, the importance of fighting through the elements, especially windy conditions, when looking to throw the ball downfield.

“Sometimes, you try to play the guide game where you try to guide the ball like if I throw it two yards in front of him, will it come back to him,” Campbell explained. “I tried that on two of my throws and (offensive coordinator Nov Turner) said, ‘When it’s like that, in those conditions, you just throw it and don’t try to guide it, and don’t try to predict playing the game with the wind. Just cut it loose. That’s the only thing you can do.’”

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