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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.”

  • Pat Leonard

    My read: Hue wants to get a look at Brock playing with/against starters and doesn’t want to waste the starter reps from week 2 or week 3 preseason games to do it. I know he tore up the scout team in yesterday’s practice, but he’s still Brock. He still throws too many knuckle balls and is an inaccurate passer. I think DeShone Kizer will end up winning the battle when all is said and done.

  • MartyDaVille

    But have the people in the Fashion Room tweeted out which of the 27 uniform combinations the team will be wearing yet? This is always the most exciting moment of the week for me.

  • Pat Leonard
  • MartyDaVille

    Cleveland Brocks!

  • mgbode

    I’m not sure if Marty is being serious or not, but I loved the creativity of the uniform columns.

  • mgbode

    The main issue I have with Osweiler at QB is that he just doesn’t see the field. He misses obvious reads where he’ll look off a guy who was wide open and throw into double coverage. He’s infuriating to watch.

  • Pat Leonard

    We’re going to absolutely drive this joke into the ground as long as he’s here, and we’re right to do it.

  • Pat Leonard

    I can’t stand his throwing motion. For a guy that tall to be slinging the ball with a three quarter release is like being 7 feet tall and being unable to dunk. I mean, what the crap.

  • Pat Leonard

    They were awesome. If this is what he’s going for, I think there’s room to hate the fact that the team uses 27 different uniform combinations, but still love Jessica’s articles. Fun is fun, right?

  • mgbode

    We built this city…
    We built this city on Brock and Roll. Oooooooooo

  • Pat Leonard

    Brock me, Amadeus!

  • mgbode

    Absolutely. It’s like writing about the Browns in weeks 10-17 every year.

    No more happy Hue face!

  • Pat Leonard

    Oh man. He was so upset over the second half of last season. Practically never smiled.

  • mgbode

    OK, you asked for it…

    Now don’t you know that it’s rude to stare, oh yeah
    I’m not so green but I’m feelin’ so fresh
    I simply like to put her to the test
    She’s so alive and she’s dressed to kill, but
    If you can’t Brock me somebody will
    If you can’t Brock me somebody will
    If you can’t Brock me somebody will
    If you can’t Brock me somebody will
    Now I ain’t lookin’ for no pretty face, oh no

  • Pat Leonard

    The Stones! I didn’t get this one initially, but I’m there now.

    We’re gonna Brock this town, Brock it inside out
    We’re gonna Brock this town, make ’em scream and shout
    Let’s Brock, Brock, Brock, man Brock
    We’re gonna Brock til you pop
    We’re gonna Brock til you drop
    We’re gonna Brock this town, Brock it inside out

    (mic drop)

  • mgbode

    I only needed to change the chorus for the best one because it fits absolutely perfectly…

    You keep on saying you’ll be mine for a while
    You’re lookin’ fancy and I like your style
    You drive us wild, we’ll drive you crazy
    You show us everything you’ve got
    Baby, baby that’s quite a lot
    And you drive us wild, we’ll drive you crazy
    You keep on shoutin’, you keep on shoutin’

    I wanna Brock & roll all night
    be in the Muni all day

    I wanna Brock & roll all night
    be in the Muni all day

  • MartyDaVille

    Oh, I’m dead serious. The twittering announcement of the weekly uniform combination by an allegedly professional franchise makes me giddy with excitement. It combines the anticipation of seeing all the new dresses when you show up at the high school prom (Did you SEE what Catelynne wore???) with the cutting-edge design choices of a minor-league Arena football team! The Browns make me so proud.

  • MartyDaVille

    We’re gonna Brock Around the Clock.

  • Pat Leonard

    Brockin’ Robin? Hmm… I can do better than this I think.

  • mgbode

    Booooo…. that was terrible, horrendous, gag-inducing. How dare you, sir! We had a good thing going!

    (I don’t care but we needed some balance here)

  • Pat Leonard

    The Shareef don’t like it
    (You know he really hates it)
    Brock the Casbah
    Brock the Casbah

  • mgbode

    But the biggest kick I ever got
    Was doing a thing called the Crocodile Brock
    While the other kids were Brocking Round the Clock
    We were hopping and bopping to the Crocodile Brock

    Well Crocodile Brocking is something shocking
    When his feet just can’t keep still
    I never knew me a better time and I guess I never will

    Oh Lawdy mama those Sunday nights
    When Corey caught those passes tight
    And the Crocodile Brocking was out of sight
    La lalalala la lalalala la lalalala la

  • mgbode

    let’s get dark….

    A winter’s day
    In a deep and dark
    December
    I am alone
    Gazing from my suite to the stands below
    On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow
    I am a Brock
    I am an island

  • mgbode

    Yes but we had fun with it here, which means I was happy they did it. The Browns only purpose is for my own personal amusement.

  • Pat Leonard

    Switching up the homonym! I like it.

    Brock me gently
    Brock me slowly
    Take it easy
    Don’t you know
    That I have never been loved like this before

  • mgbode

    The 80s were weird… really weird…

    Turn it down you say
    But all I got to say to you is time and time again I say No!
    No! No! No!
    Tell me not to play
    Well, all I got to say to when you tell me not to play I say No!
    No! No! No!
    So, if you ask me why I like the way I play it
    There’s only one thing I can say to you
    I want to Brock!(Brock!)
    I want to Brock!(Brock!)
    I want to Brock!(Brock!)
    I want to Brock!(Brock!)

  • jpftribe

    I dunno man. If Rick Smith wants to give us a serviceable QB and a 2nd round pick and all it costs is Haslam’s dough, I would call that anything but infuriating.

    Browns actually have a shot at losing to BUF, HOU, Jets, even DEN, in the race to the bottom of the QB barrel. Being No 24 in the league is a massive upgrade for this team.

  • mgbode

    He is fine as the third quarterback on your team. Please do not make me watch Brock Osweiler start except in emergency situations though.

  • mgbode

    I tried to let someone else take this one but it is needed to complete this set…

    The night is calling, I have to go
    The wolf is hungry, he runs the show
    He’s licking his lips, he’s ready to win
    On the hunt tonight for QB at first sting

    Here I am
    Brock you like a hurricane (Are you ready, baby?)
    Here I am
    Brock you like a hurricane
    Here I am
    Brock you like a hurricane (Come on, come on, come on, come on)
    Here I am
    Brock you like a hurricane

  • MartyDaVille

    I’m not knocking you guys at all. I actually enjoy the write-ups. I just think the Browns are embarrassing themselves with this amateurish crapola.

    Yeah, you might think I take this uniform stuff too seriously, but it’s important to me. (This might be a cry for help.)

  • jpftribe
  • MartyDaVille

    You win!

  • mgbode
  • jpftribe

    I guess I’m missing the part where we have two other QB’s that are better than him.

  • mgbode

    I don’t know that either Kessler or Kizer is better than Osweiler. I do know that Osweiler made me fast-forward the Texans offense so that I could only watch their defense last year because he is the absolute type of QB that I detest the most. Not mobile, checking down is his first priority, and he will miss wide open guys that he appears to be staring down.

    Maybe Hue can fix Brock, but Hue’s own words seem to indicate “he knows who Brock is” and if that is from past film (it would have to be) then it is an indictment.

  • MartyDaVille

    I-I-I-I know, it’s only Brock ‘n Roll, but I like it!

  • Natedawg86

    Best bet would be to rotate all 3 around throughout preseason. Kessler start next week, and Kizer the week after that

  • Natedawg86

    Here I am, Brock me like a Hurricaine

  • mgbode

    No worries, I get that angle.

  • Natedawg86

    We Will Brock You

    Buddy, you’re a boy, make a big noise
    Playing in the street, gonna be a big man some day
    You got mud on your face, you big disgrace
    Kicking your can all over the place

    We will, we will Brock you
    We will, we will Brock you

  • mgbode

    Man, where WERE you like 10 minutes ago? (see below)

  • mgbode

    YES!

  • Natedawg86

    In a meeting haha

  • MartyDaVille

    And on Sunday mornings, we sing Brock of Ages, Cleft for Me.

    Okay, enough of these hijinks, I gotta get some damn work done.

  • Natedawg86

    Darn work getting in the way of what is truly important

  • Natedawg86

    Brock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution

  • jpftribe

    I’m not saying he’s going to be fun to watch. But he may be the lesser of all evils to having Kessler dink and dunk 3 and out, or watching Pittsburgh dismember Kizer.

    Kessler is a wild card, who knows. But setting expectations on Kizer playing in games 1-8 sounds pretty nuBrownsian.

  • Natedawg86

    I want to Brock!(Brock!)
    I want to Brock!(Brock!)
    I want to Brock!(Brock!)
    I want to Brock!(Brock!)

    Turn it down you say
    But all I got to say to you is time and time again I say No!
    No! No! No!
    Tell me not to play
    Well, all I got to say to when you tell me not to play I say No!
    No! No! No!
    So, if you ask me why I like the way I play
    There’s only one thing I can say to you

    I want to Brock!(Brock!)
    I want to Brock!(Brock!)
    I want to Brock!(Brock!)
    I want to Brock!(Brock!)

  • Natedawg86

    I Wanna Brock (above)…

  • Natedawg86

    man I am sooo late to the party