In an ideal world, the Cleveland Browns would have their answer at quarterback. Since that is not the case, head coach Hue Jackson is making the most of what he got.
Hue Jackson is a good coach and more specifically a good offensive coordinator. However, since being named the Cleveland Browns‘ head coach, he’s had to face hurdles that he has not been able to fix. Being a head coach on the other hand hasn’t been kind to Jackson.
Jackson’s struggles are beyond the fact that he needs an offensive coordinator. It is about talent. Yes, Jackson has input but that only goes so far.
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No I am not referring to just now but long-term too.
At the start of training camp, Cleveland’s most experienced quarterback was Brock Osweiler, who is back with the Denver Broncos. EVP Sashi Brown acquired him from the Houston Texans to acquire their 2018 second round pick.
Even if Osweiler had remained in Cleveland, all four of their quarterbacks were vying to become QB1. None of them were experienced and/or willing to be that mentor to Kizer.
Has Jackson mismanaged the QB position? Yes, but hat do you expect? He has too much on his plate and can only work with what he’s been given.
If there is anyone to blame for the product on the field it is Brown and not Jackson. Even if New England Patriots’ Tom Brady was under center in Cleveland, the reigning Super Bowl MVP would not succeed in NE Ohio.
Moving on from Josh McCown was clear given Brown’s approach to rebuilding the roster but what he ended up with was three quarterbacks left on the roster with zero combined wins. That cannot happen.
Jackson is coaching for his job whether we want to admit it or not. Having a veteran to mentor the Browns’ quarterback group may not have improved their record, but at least less Jackson would have less pressure on him.
Had a true veteran been on this roster, the amount of musical chairs being played at quarterback would not be that much.
Jackson can only coach players so much and adjust accordingly to a certain degree before falling back into the same routine. However, the same cannot be said for Cleveland’s front office, specifically Brown.
Rather than acquiring players that were either overrated (Kenny Britt) or below average and failed to increase their play (Sammie Coates) prior to becoming Browns, why not invest in players that can help the QB?
Without the necessary talent, Jackson’s hands are tied. Week 8 and going forward, the focus must be developing Kizer and hoping for the best. Come the offseason, someone, anyone, other than Brown must take over the roster decision-making and Brown can go back and focus on contracts, cap, contracts, and other related responsibilities.