Steelers vs. Browns: Jason Campbell's history against Pittsburgh is as strong as Cleveland's QB position since 2004

Andy Lyons

Yes, the Browns passed on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the 2004 NFL Draft. Their success with QBs has been bleak, at best, since then. So has Jason Campbell's against the Steelers.

Former Browns coach Butch Davis "was not a Ben Roethlisberger guy," wrote ESPN's Pat McManamon.

An interesting take for a coach who's been canned more than tuna over the last 10 years.

McManamon explained Davis liked two kinds of players; ones he recruited to play at the University of Miami (like Kellen Winslow, the player he famously traded up for in the 2004 NFL Draft as Roethlisberger fell to 11, and Sean Taylor, the player he targeted and tried to acquire in that same draft), and players he tried to recruit to Miami.

He selected the wrong Miami from which to choose.

Miami University's Roethlisberger fell to 11, the Steelers are 15-1 against Cleveland with Roethlisberger starting since then, and the Browns have gone through...I don't know, count them up, if you'd like.

Jason Campbell needs to be added to this list now.

It appears as if Campbell will make his third start of the season Sunday when the Steelers head to Cleveland to take on the Browns in a pivotal AFC North division showdown. Campbell had two strong games in Weeks 9-10, but the wheels came off in Week 11 against Cincinnati when Campbell threw the ball anywhere but to the targeted receiver - including three to the other team. Cleveland, one of the media darlings of the first half of the year, have fallen apart over the last six weeks, losing four of five since Week 6.

What's worse for Cleveland's rotating stable of quarterbacks (outside of the fact they lost the best one they've had in a long time when Brian Hoyer went down with a torn ACL in the middle of the team's Week 5 loss to Buffalo), Campbell is one of the worst quarterbacks in NFL history against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In two career games, both losses, Campbell is 31-of-62 for 276 yards, three interceptions, no touchdowns and a 42.1 passer rating. His appearances came with Washington in 2008, and with Oakland in 2010 - two of the best Steelers defenses in recent memory.

Take this with a grain of salt. Matt Cassel was putrid in three prior games against Pittsburgh before he ripped them up as a Minnesota Viking in Week 4.

Also, Campbell was the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in snapping an 11-game losing streak to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9. He was 23-for-35 for 262 yards and three touchdowns.

Davis's decision has haunted the team in 15 of Roethlisberger's 16 starts against the Steelers, which is fewer games than the Browns have had quarterbacks in that time. Which Campbell will the Steelers get in Week 12?

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