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Know your Enemy: Interview with Dawg Pound Daily

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Nov 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell (17) passes the ball in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cleveland won 24-18. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

2. Is Jason Campbell’s play a fluke, has he improved as a QB this much, or is the Rob Chudzinski/Norv Turner offense masking his weaknesses?

MR: To be honest, Jason Campbell was always a pretty decent quarterback he just never really had a legitimate shot where ever he was at. He didn’t really get a fair shake in Washington or Oakland for that matter. In Washington, he was drafted in 2006, played ok and then was injured before the Redskins made another coaching change and wound up bringing in Donovan McNabb to take over at quarterback.

In Oakland, he came off the bench for an injured Bruce Gradkowski and played lights out, to only then get benched by coach’s decision. He then was again named the starter the next year to only see his season end again, suffering a collarbone injury. I think at this point in Jason’s career, he understands his role and knows his job for this Cleveland team is to make smart decisions with the football and use his arm when needed. Thus far it has been smooth sailing, with Campbell being named AFC offensive player of the week a couple of weeks back.

3. You guys have lost your top two returners, Josh Cribbs and Travis Benjamin, over the past year. Who do the Bengals need to watch out for in that Cribbs/Benjamin role now?

MR: Losing Travis Benjamin was just absolutely devastating for this team this year. Not only has he been dynamic in the return game, but he helped stretch the field on offense, helping out the passing game tremendously. If Benjamin doesn’t go down early in that Chiefs game, he is back at the 50 yard line to return the punt late in the game with the Browns down I believe three at that point. No doubt in my mind, with him back there the Browns might have taken the lead at that point.

Instead, Devone Bess fumbles the punt at the Chiefs 47 yard line and the rest of the fourth quarter was played with horrible field position. That is how much this team really misses Benjamin. With that being said, the Browns brought in free agent Armanti Edwards to take over in the return game and he did a pretty decent job two weeks ago in the win against the Ravens.