Before we get to what really cost the Browns on Sunday, room must be made to recognize one element of the game which went very well. All things considered, third-string rookie quarterback Cody Kessler provided an incredible performance for a depleted Cleveland offense. After Terrelle Pryor‘s surprise appearance at the quarterback position last week in Miami, the third-round draft pick out of USC responded by earning the opportunity to stay on the field.
After Pryor took a snap at quarterback on the second play of the game, Kessler was in for good. He played a courageous game, suffering vicious hits at times, but stuck in the pocket for the most part. Kessler ended 28 for 40 with 233 yards and a touchdown pass to Pryor. It is without a doubt that Kessler did what the Browns asked of him this week.
It is certainly difficult to hand out an “A” to a position group following such a tough loss, but Kessler truly earned it. Moving forward, there is at least one thing fans should feel good about, as their new quarterback is showing signs of maturity. If his growth continues at this rapid rate, the 26th quarterback may just be the one for this reeling fan base.