BEREA -- Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski says he's confident the team will respond for next Sunday's game against Pittsburgh despite an error-filled loss to Cincinnati.
"It's Steelers week," said Chudzinski at his regular Monday news conference, clearly excited about the upcoming match-up.
Chudzinski says he is disappointed by Sunday's loss to the Bengals in which Cincinnati scored 31 points in the second quarter on its way to a 41-20 victory. Chudzinski says the Browns made too many critical mistakes.
He described the breakdown in the special teams as unacceptable. The Browns had two punts blocked along with four turnovers in the loss.
Chudzinski says the team had to shuffle its special teams units following the loss of Quentin Groves who is out for the season with an injury. But he says that's not an excuse for the team's play.
Quarterback Jason Campbell had his worst outing as a member of the Cleveland Browns with three interceptions. Except for a 74-yard touchdown pass to Josh Gordon, Campbell didn't challenge the Bengals defense down the field choosing to check down most of the game.
Chudzinski says it was a combination of good coverage, protection breakdowns and Campbell, at times, rushing his throws.
But he says he has no problem sticking with Campbell at quarterback. He says Campbell's ribs are not an issue.
Chudzinski says he's not worried about any letdown after Sunday's loss and says experience in big games will only help the team down the road.
He calls the current Browns a strong group and describes them as one of the closest groups he has ever seen.
The Browns will play the Steelers on Sunday in Cleveland. The city is proclaiming an "Orange and Brown" week to show support for the team leading up to the match-up.