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Browns name Kevin Hogan starting quarterback

Coming into the year, the hope was that “The Jersey” would only have one more name added to it this year: DeShone Kizer. Alas, it appears that the winds of change that blow on the starting quarterback position got another gust this week. Head Coach Hue Jackson has decided that Kevin Hogan, who has been the backup quarterback every week this season, will be the starter for Sunday’s matchup against the Houston Texans. Hogan has appeared in three games this season, all in substitution of Kizer, throwing for 481 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions while completing 68.4 percent of his throws.

The decision to sit Kizer and start Hogan comes from a combination of the rookie Kizer’s lackluster play and Hogan’s ability to play better in the offensive system Jackson has in place. Jackson was quoted as saying, “I’ve made the decision to start Kevin this week. We’ve liked what Kevin has been able to do within our offense when he’s been in there and he will ‪start on Sunday because that’s what we feel is best for our team at this point in time. This does not change the way we feel about DeShone going forward. He has worked extremely hard and still very much has a bright future. Right now, it’s better for him and his development to back up Kevin.”

There has been no mention if Kizer will be able to play himself back into the starting role this season.

While Hogan has been able to come in and perform, one has to question the decision to sit Kizer now. Coming into the year and off of an undefeated preseason, the team presented promise and hope for fans that has been pulled out from underneath. Kizer has not performed up to his expected ability this season, throwing for 851 yards in five games along with three touchdowns and nine interceptions. He beat out veterans Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler in the preseason while Hogan got little run at quarterback. Kizer was named the starter for the regular season, but unfortunately, has regressed each week as the season has gone on.

Starting Hogan does present a quarterback who is better suited to play in the offense Jackson wants to run. He has the ability to get the ball out quicker than Kizer has shown (one of the biggest issues Kizer has had to this point) and seems to understand the nuances of a timing route better than the rookie. Hogan played in the West Coast style offense Jackson runs in college and seems to be the better fit if winning games is the goal of the season, rather than letting Kizer take his licks and develop bad habits in the starting job. As always, we will see where the winds of change push the team, but this is a move that was made for the betterment of the win-loss record, something we can all agree is a good thing.

  • JM85

    Go Tribe

  • Pat Leonard

    At this point, I’m actually good with the decision. I don’t think Kizer was ready to win games now and I also don’t think it will really hurt his development to sit and learn on the sidelines for a while. I’m not nearly as convinced that he’s the definite QB of the future for the Browns as Hue appears to be. I was pretty biased against Kevin Hogan after watching some film and seeing him perform at the combine. He’s a plus athlete at QB, but his arm strength didn’t match his athleticism and his mechanics were awful. He looked like a glorified high school QB. But he seems to have worked on those mechanics in the offseason and I think he’s at a point where he deserves a real look at the starting job. Seriously couldn’t hurt anything.

  • RGB
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  • BenRM

    Meh. Cool. Maybe we’ll run the ball more? Just kidding. We won’t run the ball.

  • Chris

    Hue learned his lesson last year when Cody wouldn’t throw deep but completed 65% of his passes and only two INT in 195 attempts. Just don’t call plays with underneath routes, checkdown options, or a run threat for DeShone.

    Nailed it.

  • Harv

    actually, we will. It’s just that it will be running plays for the QB.

  • Harv

    One of my few predictions last summer was that the QB who would get the most starts was not yet on the roster. I’m thinking the 4th guy on the depth chart is close enough.

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  • Pat Leonard
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  • RGB

    Does running for his life count?

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi CHRIS … and to expand on that with yesterday’s article on Hue giving up OC duties … i remember the O-Tackles lining-up out wide last year , wildcat formations & a few other creative things … none of that this year , it’s been very vanilla & predictable.

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi HARV … wouldn’t it be something if the guy we never expected to be “the guy” ends-up being “the guy” ?? he was no slouch at Stanford & some of us tagged him as a running QB only last year … i hope he seizes control of the QB position & does well.

  • tigersbrowns2

    Hi PAT … i just don’t want to have to address QB early in the next draft again … then again , there’s a decent crop coming out.

  • tigersbrowns2

    maybe I need to learn to keep my mouth shut (“yeah , right TB2”) … yes , i spouted-off Kizer would lead us to the promised land , “Toledo power” & all that good stuff … it could not have gone any worse for Kizer … i know he’s better than he has showed thus far … isn’t he ??

    having said that , i truly hope Hogan seizes this opportunity & does well … does well enough to start every game the rest of this year & beyond … ummm , maybe i shouldn’t have said anything.

  • BenRM

    True. Let’s run more QB option on the goal line!

  • Casual_Kenny_Reigns

    Best possible comment!

  • Casual_Kenny_Reigns

    It’s not a Browns season until the starter gets benched for the popular back-up who looked good against a bad defense. This happens every year.

    I can’t wait for that parade.

  • Pat Leonard

    We’ll see if that is true. We literally say that every single season. I’m not opposed to taking a QB with our first pick though… in fact, I’d probably do it if there does look to be a stud prospect available there.

  • tigersbrowns2

    i agree … but i sure would like to see Saquon Barkley toting the ball for the Browns.

  • Pat Leonard

    Yeah that is my one pause. A dynamic backfield of Barkley and Duke sure is tempting.

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  • Harv

    (face palm) I’ll have what you’re having, dude.

  • Harv

    and it ain’t like there’s objective justification for the back-up’s popularity. Just basic desperation, the ever popular “hey, nuthin’ else has worked.” Steve Young is not standing on that sideline with baseball cap and clipboard.

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  • CBiscuit

    Before I upvote you for said prescience, just want to make sure you’re not Harvey Weinstein in real life?

  • max74mm

    Starting Hogan is the best decision. This season can’t be all about Kizer. There are 52 other guys on the team. What about their development?

    Hogan’s intangibles are off the charts (other than stealing Jackson’s hoagie sandwich a couple weeks ago). He’s smart, he gets the ball out quickly, and is highly accurate with his short and medium range passes. He can run when he needs to, and is continuously improving. He reminds me of a bigger, stronger Brian Sipe.

  • max74mm

    “wouldn’t it be something if the guy we never expected to be “the guy” ends-up being “the guy”

    We’ve had two guys like that in the past: Frank Ryan and Brian Sipe.

  • max74mm

    I think you take a stud QB in the draft if one’s available even if you think you’ve already got one. It’s by far the most important position. QBs get hurt. And you can always trade him.

  • woofersus

    It was the wrong move to start Kizer in the first place, but it’s not too late to reverse course on a bad decision. This is the right move for the moment. It’s not about giving up on Kizer, it’s about recognizing that there are other players on the roster that need to develop, too. Before we cast off all the receivers and/or running backs, they need an opportunity to play with a qb who can run an nfl offense, even if his ceiling is lower. Kizer can continue to work on things like his footwork and mechanics on the practice field, and his ability to make presnap reads and appropriate adjustments in the film room.

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  • tigersbrowns2

    hi MAX … man , something good has to happen at QB at some point … this is crazy that we can’t even get lucky.

  • tigersbrowns2

    I think it’s the right decision as well , but they do need to know if Kizer can play in the NFL & if we have to address QB again in the next draft … i’m hoping Hogan does well.

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  • Warburton MacKinnon

    Quite unsure about Hogan long term,probably less than Kizer. Yet,of all I have seen this year taking Hogan out of the Ravens game was the worst coaching decision I think Hue made this year.

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