CLEVELAND -- Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski is sticking with Jason Campbell, naming him the starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Ravens in Cleveland.
At his weekly Monday news conference, Coach Chud also revealed that Travis Benjamin will require surgery and miss the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. With the trade deadline coming tomorrow, Chudzinski also said the Browns have no plans to trade any players, including wide receiver Josh Gordon.
Chudzinski said he's disappointed by Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, saying the Chiefs out-executed the Browns. Looking ahead he feels his team has learned that when they are on their game, they can compete and go toe-to-toe with anybody.
Chud felt Campbell was able to give the Browns a boost during yesterday's game at Arrowhead Stadium.
"I thought Jason played very well. After looking at the tape, he was able to manage the game, was able to escape and get out of trouble, create some plays. He did a good job from a decision-making standpoint, protected the football, and he gave us a lift in that game. We were really pleased with how he played." Chudzinski said today
Campbell, a nine-year veteran, threw for 293 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Browns (3-5) were in position to possibly tie or take the lead in the fourth quarter, but Davone Bess fumbled a punt return and Kansas City recovered. Today Bess faced the media for the second time since the loss to the Chiefs, saying he had the ball on the punt but didn't look it in while trying to make a play. Bess knows he has to step up and said he's going through the worst stretch of his NFL career. He says the answer is to have a short-term memory and get over it. The Benjamin injury comes at a tough time for the Browns while Bess is struggling, he will take over the punt return duties along with Joe Haden. Bess also had multiple drops during the Browns loss in Arrowhead, something that has plagued him for a few games now.
Benjamin was injured during a punt return in the third quarter of yesterday's game. This is a major loss for the Browns as the second-year wide receiver has been a playmaker for the team this season, including a 79 yard punt return for a touchdown vs. the Bills.
Many fans are now wondering how the Browns could be wrong on Brandon Weeden, after seeing Brian Hoyer and now Jason Campbell have success in an offense Weeden struggled in during four starts. Coach Chudzinski said "I think the biggest thing in looking at it was Brandon was somebody that we didn't know a lot about, and we wanted to find out more about. He showed well and did well in the practices and in the preseason. The production hasn't been there during the regular season that we would like. But again, his role is different now. He's one play away from playing, and he's still a developing player."
My feeling from talking to players in the locker room today is that they feel they are close to getting things turned around but just can't put a full game together.
The Browns are coming up on a favorable stretch right now with three of their next four games at home along with a bye week.