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Turner sees full buy-in from Campbell

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner was impressed by the way quarterback Jason Campbell responded to the challenge of leading the team against the Chiefs.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell had only three days of on-field work to prepare for the NFL’s top-ranked defense in the Kansas City Chiefs.

Despite the inherent challenges, Campbell completed 22 of 36 attempts for 293 yards and two touchdowns in the 23-17 setback at Arrowhead Stadium.

“I thought Jason played well,” Turner said. “I know a lot’s been made of the slow start, but you’re playing against a defense like them on the road with the crowd noise. We missed a couple opportunities in the first drive, and they were playing at a real high level. I thought we settled into the game. We were able to do some things and make some plays.”

After a slow start, where the Browns ran only nine plays in their first three drives, Campbell engineered two scoring drives in the last three minutes of the first half, one of which he capped off with a 39-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Josh Gordon, and the other, kicker Billy Cundiff finished with a 44-yard field goal.

In addition to producing in the passing game, Campbell scrambled for 17 yards on three carries after being flushed out of the pocket by Kansas City’s pass rush. The league’s top pass-rushing team was only able to get to Campbell one time for a 10-yard loss.

“To me, it’s always a combination,” Turner said of neutralizing the pass rush. “The offensive line, our tight ends and backs did a great job in protection. We stayed out of those really long third downs that are really hard to handle, and then, Jason did a great job. He ran a couple times, made a couple plays with his feet that avoided pressure and got the ball out.”

Turner believes part of the key to Campbell’s success is his humility and desire to compete on and off the field.

“Jason’s played pretty well when he’s been surrounded by a good group,” Turner said. “The thing that I liked about Jason is, sometimes, when you get guys who have been in two or three systems with someone else, they’re kind of set in their ways, but he’s really absorbed and bought in to what we’re doing.

“He’s great to be around, great to have with our young players because he’s a pro. He’s been around it, and you know what you’re getting every day from him. He’s done a great job. He did a great job last week preparing for the game, and for the most part, it went smoothly. There are some communication issues that we can fix, but we’re going to do that.

“He’s an emotional guy and he obviously competes. To be playing at this level, and doing the things he’s done through his career, he’s a great competitor.”