The Browns lost their third consecutive game, falling 23-17 to the Chiefs at Arrowhead. Despite the loss, it was an outstanding effort from coach Rob Chudzinski's team, who nearly pulled off a monumental upset.
Quarterback Jason Campbell was solid enough to remain the team's starter, and perhaps his best attribute is that he's not backup Brandon Weeden, who played himself out of favor with Chudzinski with each horrible pass thrown.
The Browns are a strange team to evaluate at the midway point. While they're 3-5, they've also started three different quarterbacks. The team's starting signal-caller in 2014 is likely not on the roster. What Brian Hoyer showed in his limited time as the starter is that the team is ready to contend if it can receive above-average play from the position.
Credit must be given to general manager Mike Lombardi and president Joe Banner for the Trent Richardson trade, which netted them a first-round pick in an absolutely loaded 2014 draft class. Richardson has been pedestrian with the Colts.
Plus, the team held onto receiver Josh Gordon at the trade deadline, which must be viewed as a positive. Gordon has been the team's best player this season.
The team has several good, young players, and an excellent coaching staff is in place. While it won't contend this season, the future is bright in Cleveland.
Next Game: Baltimore