Cody Kessler Was Bad Because He Was Cody Kessler
Remember, Hue Jackson did some of his best coaching during the 0-16 season. That means his 1-15 season probably wasn’t his best work. His quarterback for more than half of those 2016 losses was Cody Kessler. A player that you’d think was so bad that he couldn’t find a target…at Target.
Kessler actually isn’t all that bad. He was the starter for the USC Trojans, not an easy gig to get. He was taken in the third round of the NFL Draft, which you don’t get to because you aren’t good to some degree. During his time as a starter in Cleveland, he had solid stats considering he was throwing to Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman. Six touchdowns, only two picks, 66% of his passes completed.
Sure, he’s out of the league right now but he outperformed Josh McCown and Robert Griffin III. Yet, how does Jackson view Kessler?
"You think I didn’t know who that player (Cody Kessler) was…was I happy with that pick? Absolutely not. That’s what analytics drafts."
Yikes. Clearly, Jackson doesn’t like analytics. Something he brought up several times in the interview on ESPN 850.
He played Griffin, McCown, and DeShone Kizer, who all performed far worse than Kessler. Yet, he threw Kessler under the bus. Because Jackson is going to Jackson.