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Brock this town? Hue says “it is not over yet”

When Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson announced that Brock Osweiler would be the starting quarterback for the first preseason game Thursday night, it was a surprise to many. While it’s just the opening (of four) preseason games, it was thought to show what Jackson and his staff thought of the current status of the quarterback competition.

In his first time speaking to the media following the announcement, the head coach announced the current quarterback depth chart heading into the preseason opener, which is as follows:

  1. Brock Osweiler
  2. Cody Kessler
  3. DeShone Kizer
  4. Kevin Hogan

With Osweiler set to be the starting quarterback, Jackson hopes that he plays well in his first game leading the Browns, but admitted- even with the announcement- the competition is nowhere near over. “I think that is his personality, and if I know Brock well, that is what he will try to do,” he said. “Like you said, it is not over yet, but I would love to see him go play well on Thursday night and lead the team and run our offense to the best of his ability.”

Going into his second season leading the Browns, Jackson has already drafted two quarterbacks, one of which he hopes will eventually turn into a franchise quarterback. At the current time, Kizer seems to have the upper-hand in that battle to observers, but the head coach will let them both battle it out. Osweiler, the veteran in the group, is still in the mix and the initial starter.

But, although being named a starter is significant, Jackson seems to know what he is doing. He wants to give both Kizer and Kessler plenty of playing time. If either of them started, they wouldn’t play that much due to the fact that they would be pulled when the other veterans came out. Given that it’s the first preseason game, that will be after either the first or second series. With the veteran, Jackson can afford to pull him at that time, unlike the two young gunslingers. “I just felt like at this time, this was the best opportunity for us and the best thing for us for a couple reasons. For one, we have a veteran player who has played in games and knows how to win, and I need to give him an opportunity to demonstrate that. No. 2, we still have some young quarterbacks that need to play a lot of football. If I stuck one of those other guys out as a starter, they weren’t going to play a lot of football because they probably would come out when the other veterans come out,” Jackson stated. “When you sit down and think through it all, and you think what is best for our football team, it is best for me to trot Brock out there, see if he can go lead this offense and lead the team, and in the process, keep getting these young guys more reps of playing football. They just need to play. (QB) DeShone (Kizer) needs to play more. (QB) Cody (Kessler) needs to play more. (QB) Kevin (Hogan) needs to play more. I thought this was the way to do it.”

The Browns have seemed to be in search of a franchise quarterback ever since their return to the league in 1999. Osweiler and Kessler have already gotten a chance to prove the caliber of quarterback they can be in the NFL for at least one season. Kizer has not. He may be No. 3 on the depth chart, but Jackson will give him the same chance to prove himself that he will give the others (and possibly even more). The head coach is known to be very good with quarterbacks, he has a chance to prove just that heading into his second year at the helm.

The problem with neither Kessler or Kizer starting is that they won’t go against the the New Orleans Saints’ first-team defense. In Kizer’s situation, he could very likely face the opponent’s third-team defense, which seems to be a lose-lose situation for him. If he does well, people can say that it was because of the caliber of defense he went against; if he struggles, well, that won’t be received well despite playing with the Browns third unit.

It also makes it so that Kessler and Kizer won’t have their first-team offense they have been working with thus far in Training Camp. While splitting time with the first-teamers in training camp, the two will be forced to lead either the second- or third-team offense in the first of four preseason games while Osweiler, who hasn’t had as much time with the starting lineup, will lead the first-team offense.

With how all three quarterbacks in the mix for the starting job seemed to struggle in the Orange and Brown scrimmage last Friday night, he knows that he be able to see just how good (or bad) each player performs against another team, especially the quarterbacks. Either way, the head coach seems ready to get this thing moving. “I think we will find out a lot about our quarterbacks and our football team this Thursday night.”

  • mgbode

    all good. you are filling in some classics we missed. there’s always room to Brock.

  • Natedawg86

    It’s been a long time since I Brock and rolled
    It’s been a long time since I did the Stroll
    Ooh, let me get it back, let me get it back
    Let me get it back, baby, where I come from

    It’s been a long time, been a long time
    Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time

    It’s been a long time since The Book of Love
    I can’t count the tears of a life with no love
    Carry me back, carry me back
    Carry me back, baby, where I come from

  • mgbode

    My point is that since we know who Brock is, if he IS the lesser of all the evils, then we are going to be competing with the NY Jets for the No. 1 pick. And, Brock dinks-n-dunks just like Kessler except w/ less accuracy (but he’s taller?).

    I do tend to believe QBs learn best on the field of play. Flacco, Wilson, Prescott — none were said to “be ready” yet each learned on the job. You can learn from the bench, but I don’t think it is needed once you know the playbook well enough. Kizer doesn’t- yet- as Hue has noted. We’ll see how quickly he can ramp up.

  • nj0

    The more I hear from Hue, the more convinced I’ve become that he’s an adherent of Nostradamus. I think he views the new Browns franchise as the manifestation of The Prophecies with each Century being the reign of a head coach. Being the ninth, Hue looks to the Century IX for guidance.


    At Rome (NFL draft) there will be born two double-headed monsters (Garrett & KIzer),

    Blood, fire, flood, the greatest ones in space.


    The following year discoveries through flood,

    Two chiefs elected (Osweiler & Kessler), the first one (Osweiler) will not hold:

    The refuge for the one of them fleeing a shadow (Steelers defense),

    The house of which will maintain the first one plundered.


    The third toe (Kizer) will seem first

    To a new monarch from low high,

    He who will possess himself as a Tyrant of Pisa and Lucca,

    To correct the fault of his predecessor.

  • jpftribe

    OK, that’s better than even Led Zep lyrics.

  • jpftribe

    All three of those guys went to teams that already demonstrated success. I do like the Wilson comparison because I do think the FO has stolen a large part of their rebuild manual. But Wilson came in year three, not two, and there was some talent left when Humgrum split.

    At least get some games under the belt with new o-line, see if anyone can A. Get open, B. catch before you throw the rookie to the wolves. Whether it’s Kessler or Brock is probably six of one, half dozen of the other.

  • mgbode

    Derek Carr did not sit either (if we are looking to 2nd round QBs who went to teams that built from nothing and were terrible at the time he was drafted and also employed Hue Jackson as HC once)

  • jpftribe

    Yeah, I was thinking of him as well. That Raiders team then might be a good analogy for the Browns now, minus Amari Cooper.

  • Pat Leonard

    This is magnificent.

  • mgbode

    Burying Corey Coleman already 🙂

    (haha, no even if Corey stays healthy, Amari is Amari)

  • tsm

    Hue is stuck between a Brock and a hard place. (Stones)

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