Daily Dawg Tags: Time to stick with Cody Kessler at QB


Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The Cleveland Browns are still seeking a win in 2016 after yet another loss on a Sunday, this time at the hands of the Washington Redskins.

It presents an interesting problem for the team, as rookie quarterback Cody Kessler played well in the loss. While both Josh McCown and Robert Griffin III are expected to return at some point this season, it may be wise to allow Kessler to continue playing, given this team is not a playoff contender.

Putting Kessler in a game seemed like a ludicrous idea at the start of the season, but he has proven to be a capable signal-caller in his first two starts in 2016. He struggled early against the Miami Dolphins, but was able to come back Sunday and look much better than someone making only his second NFL start.

It will still be a few weeks before Kessler has his starting role challenged, but it will surely be talked about throughout the rest of October.

While the Browns stick with Kessler for now, let’s take a look at the news surrounding the Browns and the rest of the NFL in today’s edition of the Daily Dawg Tags.

Cleveland Browns news:

Cleveland Browns must proceed with Kessler experiment

"The Cleveland Browns are now the only winless team in the NFL after a 31-20 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Third-string rookie quarterback Cody Kessler, however, has displayed decent composure despite the fluidity of the offensive line and a young receiving core."

Cleveland Browns: Grades from game vs. Redskins

"Are the Cleveland Browns trying to lose? Not to start any wild conspiracy theories, but it seems that every citizen of northeast Ohio developed itchy heads on Sunday afternoon while pondering this same question. As the Browns fell 31-20 to the Washington Redskins on Sunday, they just couldn’t get out of their own way."

Josh Gordon to remain on reserve/suspended list (Factory of Sadness)

"Fans of the Cleveland Browns and the organization itself expected Josh Gordon to come back to play Sunday. Following his four-game suspension, the expectation was that Gordon would be a key part of the offense."

Hue Jackson adds to legacy of fullback shenanigans (NFL Spin Zone)

"The Cleveland Browns lost to the Washington Redskins 31-20 on Sunday. The game was lost by the Browns largely due to three turnovers that came on consecutive possessions, starting late in the third quarter."

Browns will ask NFL for explanation on Duke Johnson’s fumble (ESPN.com)

"The Cleveland Browns will turn in tape of Duke Johnson’s fumble and Washington’s “recovery” to the NFL this week for an explanation, Hue Jackson said Monday. Johnson fumbled in the fourth quarter with the Browns losing 24-20."

NFL news:

Tevin Coleman may not be able to play vs. Broncos (FanSided)

"The Atlanta Falcons are riding high after beating the Carolina Panthers on Sunday for their third straight win. A trip to take on the other Super Bowl 50 participant is coming for Week 5, and that may create health complications for one of Atlanta’s important offensive players."

Washington Redskins’ Backfield Leads To Win Over The Browns (Riggo’s Rag)

"One of the biggest problems the Washington Redskins’ offense had so far this season was its running game. Over the first three games, Washington’s backfield had only accounted for two touchdowns. In Week 4, they matched that number."

Brady among notable players back from suspension (NFL.com)

"Tom Brady is back. The New England Patriots quarterback returned from a four-game suspension Monday stemming from Deflategate."