PITTSBURGH - The Jason Campbell story is starting get old.
After a couple solid performances earlier in his tenure as the Browns starting quarterback, Campbell has struggled down the stretch. Each time he's talked about his disappointment and how down he's been mentally.
Offensive coordinator Norv Turner said last week that Campbell is frustrated because he realizes this could be his only chance to gain a foothold as the starter. Each passing loss means there's a greater chance he won't be back next season, which, at age 31, could be damaging to his career.
Campbell will likely get an opportunity with another team next summer, but probably not the Browns. That's what made his shaky outing in a 20-7 loss to the Steelers and the seven losses in the last eight games so hard to take.
"It was super hard," Campbell said. "You think about the games that we lost. The New England game is the one that hurt the most because of the way that it happened and the effort the guys put into it.
"We had a lot of games that we could have easily won. It's tough to finish the season like this. It's extremely hard, especially because everyone wants to win."
Campbell was shaky from the start Sunday. He missed an open Josh Cooper on a crossing route, throwing the ball behind Cooper. In the second half Campbell overthrew tight end Jordan Cameron, who broke open on an out and go pattern.
It was a microcosm of Campbell's performances since he replaced the injured Brian Hoyer. He's now doing a what-could-have-been on the season.
"I had some really good games this season," Campbell said. "I had a game or two that I wish I could have done some things a little bit better. That's all part of playing a position and not every game is going to be a great game.
"One thing I learned this season is that you can't put too much on yourself. I can't complain with the fight I gave, but at the same time there are things I could do better. You have to keep moving forward."
The Browns will pick fourth overall in the draft, which means they will probably use the choice on a quarterback. Even with that expected move, Hoyer will likely be the starter coming off his season-ending knee injury.
Campbell and Brandon Weeden both could be gone to pave the way for a third-stringer.