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McManamon: Starting QB job “is Brock Osweiler’s to lose”

With the Cleveland Browns set to kickoff their first of four preseason games Thursday night, it will be the first chance for the team’s quarterbacks to prove themselves against another team. All three quarterbacks in the competition for the starting job come Week 1 — Brock Osweiler, Cody Kessler, and DeShone Kizer — will (finally) have a chance to go against another team’s defense rather than the ones they compete against every day in training camp.

Osweiler received the starting nod for the preseason opener, but most people think that Kizer still has a chance to start for the Browns as a rookie. ESPN’s Pat McManamon doesn’t think so. He believes that the regular season starting job is Osweiler’s to lose, and if the veteran does well during the preseason, especially Thursday night, he will easily secure the job.

What he has to do Thursday night is perform like he did in practice on Monday and Tuesday. Once he was announced as the starter against the Saints, there was a bounce in his step and a new vigor in his game. He completed passes — he completed passes! — downfield to several receivers, and while there were mistakes, he was a far better player this week than anyone had been to that point. It’s probably a 75 percent chance that Osweiler keeps the job. He loses it by laying an egg.

Of the three, Osweiler is the only quarterback who has actually gotten a chance to legitimately prove himself, having started 21 games during his first five seasons in the league; Kessler has started just eight games during is first season in the NFL in 2016 and Kizer is a rookie. Just ignore that Osweiler finished with numbers worse than any of the 2016 Browns quarterbacks despite playing in an offense that featured DeAndre Hopkins and Lamar Miller.

McManamon believes that the only way Osweiler isn’t the starter behind center come September 10 is if he struggles throughout the preseason and Kizer plays lights out; beginning Thursday night. Kessler appears to be out of the competition. After struggling in training camp, Kessler has seen his second-team reps reduced at the beginning of the week, while Osweiler has received the starting reps and Kizer has the majority of the second-team’s snaps. It is an extremely small sample size, but sources in attendance at the Browns’ Training Camp Wednesday afternoon have told WFNY that Osweiler was head and shoulders above both Kizer and Kessler — both literally and figuratively.

For those that are still in the Kizer’s camp, they can fall back on the Wednesday preseason game between the Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers. The Texans relegated Deshaun Watson to the second team as well forcing Tom Savage to go against the starting Panther defense. Once the backups came in, Watson was able to navigate his limited playbook with a bit more ease as Savage was harrassed during his two series.

When the Browns acquired Osweiler and his hefty contract, many believed that they were just going to eat his salary just to get the second-round pick from the Texans that came in the trade. Although Hue Jackson said that the starting quarterback competition is still ongoing, it seems as though the team thinks much more highly of the veteran than many believed, so maybe he is in the driver’s seat to start the regular season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. McManamon thinks so.

  • Chris

    Osweiler We’re Waiting… for Kizer.

  • mgbode

    Love all the praise Watson is getting from last night because I saw the same issues that I saw when evaluating him.

    https://twitter.com/Brickwallblitz/status/895516859503476736

  • Garry_Owen

    I agree with this. Kessler is now what Kessler was drafted to be: the back-up. The only question is whether Osweiler or Kizer will be the starter. Here’s hoping Osweiler plays well so that the kid doesn’t have to.

    (Wow. What a dumb, throw-away opinion. I think I’ll quit for now and do something productive. Like my “job.”)

  • Chris
  • RGB

    Don’t forget Hogan.

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  • BenRM

    I mean…we all know where this Kizer is starting business originated, right?

    …..
    https://a.dilcdn.com/bl/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2016/02/Rapunzel-sliding-down-her-hair-out-of-her-tower.gif

  • BenRM

    Jobs are for the fastidious.

  • WFNY_DP

    The Watt-as-Fred-Durst thing… you buried the lede, bode.

  • MartyDaVille

    Doug Lesmerises is not amused.

    #TeamApathy is enjoying watching the controversy from a respectful distance.

  • MartyDaVille

    Am I allowed to say “a pair of major league yabbos”?

  • MartyDaVille

    The over/under on when she describes Kizer as “elite” is Week 10.

  • Natedawg86

    Velocity looked slow there too!

  • mgbode

    You have to click links to get the full thread appreciation. Cannot just give things away.

  • BenRM

    90 passes without an INT = Elite!

  • Chris

    Is she rappelling or swinging?

    I am baffled by the physics of that GIF. I think MC Escher works for Disney. A line segment (in this case, her hair) has two ends. One end, I presume, is anchored to the top of the tower. The other end, to her head. If her hair is a finite length during the GIF, that loose loop would quickly disappear and we’d be left with… let’s just say only Itchy and Scratchy would be so gruesome.

    Now… if her hair grows on command and as fast as she’s rappelling (like a spider), then someone get this girl in touch with Peter Parker.

  • RGB

    Even if 50 of them are incomplete?

  • Chris

    Ugh… the Carlos Santana of quarterbacks.

  • Chris

    Upvote for G_O and his dumb opinions!

  • Chris

    He’s really just developing our Pavlovian responses to his hyperlinks. If he conditions us to enough good ones, we will fervently read his articles and comments hoping to find them.

    …or we just skip over all the black letters and look just for the colored ones. Joke’s on you Bode!!!

  • Pat Leonard

    Wow, that is one heck of a leap to make for McManamon. From every interview I’ve heard, Hue Jackson sounds as non-committal as possible. Hue even made it a point to mention that he wanted to see more of Kizer and Kessler by putting them with the 2nd and 3rd string players because the 1st string won’t get a lot of playing time in this one.

  • mgbode

    Hmmm, except walks are positive, while incompletes are negative.

  • mgbode

    The comments from the headline detailing those Hue quotes will be my favorite until we do another one like it…

    http://waitingfornextyear.com/2017/08/brock-osweiler-not-true-starting-quarterback-yet/

  • mgbode

    Then, I can write whatever I want realizing that your subconscious will absorb the words and I’ll be able to control… uhhh, what? I didn’t say anything. Here you go: http://waitingfornextyear.com/2017/08/myles-garrett-cold-takes/

  • Pat Leonard

    Oh indeed!

  • Chris

    Oh but it’s not that simple. You be got to consider sack rate, YPC, TD%, rushing yds, etc
    😉

  • Chris

    If you ever linked back to the same article, I’d be caught in an infinite loop

  • Pat Leonard

    Hmmm, Brock Osweiler rush yards, eh? Let’s Google that.
    http://i.onionstatic.com/avclub/3773/53/16×9/1200.jpg

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  • JM85

    I have no desire to ever see Kessler start again after seeing him practice. Osweiler and Kizer looked so much better.

  • Pat Leonard

    I think there are ebbs and flows. Some guys are better game QBs than practice QBs. I dunno, I’m not at a point where I’m ready to close the door on Kessler in favor of Brock Osweiler (or even Kizer for that matter). We haven’t even played a preseason game yet. Let’s see how they all look.

  • mgbode

    What does your statistical model project those to be given our first 8 opponents expected strength in DVOA?

  • JM85

    Fair enough. Preseason games will help.

  • Pat Leonard

    I dunno, at this point I have zero passion about finding the answer to the question of who starts Week 1. Hue will start somebody, that QB will have big flaws, and we’ll be rooting for him to overcome those flaws and put up a W.

  • Chris