Strong Armed Jason Campbell Looking To Make Third Time The Charm Against The Steelers

Sunday will mark the third career start for Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell against the Pittsburgh Steelers and he will be looking to make that third time a charm.

Campbell, who enters the game Sunday with a 55.7% season completion ratio, hasn’t fared too well in his previous two starts against the black and gold.

As a member of the Washington Redskins back in 2008, Campbell was 24-of-43 passing for 206 yards and two interceptions in the 23-6 loss to the Steelers. In that game, 12 of the Redskins 14 drives lasted six plays or less.

In 2010, as a member of the Oakland Raiders, Campbell was 7-of-19 passing for 70 yards and an interception in the 35-3 blowout loss to the Steelers. He was so bad in that game that he was benched in favor of current Steelers back up quarter Bruce Gradkowski in the third quarter.

“He’s got a strong arm and he can make any throw on the field,” said Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin of Campbell Tuesday during his press conference. “Play-action, vertical passing has been an asset for him wherever he’s been.

“Obviously, with coach [Norv] Turner over there, the vertical passing is a big element of what they do. He’s capable of making all the throws on the field – the play-action, deep digs, the vertical balls down the field and along the sideline. He’s shown that. He’s got a quick and accurate release in that regard.”

As Tomlin eludes to, one of the key things that the Steelers must do on defense against Campbell and the Browns is not give up the big play. Since taking over as the starter, Campbell has completed 10 passes for 20 yards or more in the last three games. Three of those 10 explosive have gone to wide receiver Josh Gordon, who scored touchdowns on two of them.

Last week, in the 41-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Campbell only completed 48.21% of his passes and was picked off three times. The way the Browns defense is playing this year, the Steelers will need to hope that’s the Campbell that shows up Sunday in at FirstEnergy Stadium if they are going to notch their third straight win.

  • steeltown

    I think they will definitely try some deep passes, after watching the Lions game why wouldn’t you..

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The Steelers are so all over the place it is hard to say what might happen. This is a game that we should win but does that mean anything?

  • Chad H

    If everyone plays their assignments we will be ok. Don’t make him look like a pro bowler like we did with Cassel.

  • Ahmad

    The way Tomlin described him you would have thought Campbell was an all pro QB.


    I would be happy if we won 3-2.

  • John Hinton

    Agreed…a win is a win!

  • RMSteeler

    The two losses by Campbell were against Super Bowl bound Steelers. I look for the Browns to put in some designated QB runs to later open up the deep routes. Thes aren’t the Browns of old. They have better players/coaching. If the Steeler DB’s can play successful, physical press coverage, I believe an above average number of Steeler sacks and a couple of picks are possible. Especially if the Steelers score first.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Style points don’t count! I’d be just as happy with that baseball score

  • Douglas Andrews

    As long as we have a guy wearing #24 we can count on a couple of would be game changing dropped interceptions from swaggin Ike T.

  • sean mcmartin

    and without #24 the best WR’s would set records almost every game.
    Ike will not be easy to replace. High draft pick on CB is almost mandatory since free agent CB’s at minimum salary wont be worth more than a camp body. And The Steelers will not pay for any good ones that may become available.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’m the biggest Ike T fan since he was drafted. If he had any hands he would have been a multiple pro bowler by now. He’s been a good CB i’ll even call him a shutdown corner but that wasn’t my point. The point is he drops interceptions that would change the outcomes of games. No Steelers fan would argue that