Browns still searching for QB answer

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BEREA, Ohio -- The list is long and unglamorous, and it will grow by at least one name before the Cleveland Browns arrive at training camp in July 2014.
Another season passed without the franchise finding its undisputed solution at quarterback, and the 15-year anniversary of the Browns returning to the NFL will usher in yet another potential franchise quarterback. With two games remaining in 2013, the Browns are on course to top out at five wins for the sixth consecutive season.
The common denominator in the run of futility? Instability at quarterback.
Current Browns starter Jason Campbell was the 21st different quarterback to start when he took over Oct. 27.
He was hoping to follow the success he had with his 391 yards passing in New England by playing the same way against the Chicago Bears, but it did not happen.
One week after throwing three touchdown passes and no interceptions against the Patriots in a 27-26 defeat, Campbell threw one touchdown pass and was picked off twice by the Bears in a 38-31 loss. One of the interceptions by Bears cornerback Zachary Bowman was returned 43 yards for a touchdown.
The Browns are 4-10, and half of the losses belong to Campbell, who is 1-5 as a starter. The other five losses belong to Brandon Weeden, who is 0-5.
"We have to keep learning from these, but it's hard to go home and sleep when you know all those games we're right there with them," Campbell said. "We just can't finish."
There are bigger ramifications to the way Campbell played against the Bears than just another loss; management seems determined to take a quarterback with the Browns' first draft pick, but CEO Joe Banner has to decide whether he wants Campbell to be part of the future.
Campbell and Brian Hoyer could both fill a mentor's roll to a young quarterback, but it seems unlikely the Browns would keep both players. Weeden almost certainly will be done with the Browns after this season.
"They have an option in February whether they want to bring me back," Campbell said. "My goal is to keep doing the things that I can to do improve as a quarterback and improve as a player. There's a lot of youth on this team. You can see a lot of progress is being made from last season to this season. I see a lot of upside here.
"If they bring in a young quarterback, of course you're going to do everything you can to mentor him and help him. At the end of the day, we're still teammates. We're all competing for the same jobs, but you're also helping your teammates."
Hoyer is coming off a torn ACL suffered on Oct. 3. His goal is to be ready for training camp.