Rookie Cody Kessler has shown improvement over the past several weeks he has played, but this week was a much different story. His numbers don’t look horrible, as he completed 19 of 27 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown. But with the exception of two flashes of chunk plays, Kessler and the offense were silenced by a beat-up Dallas defense.
Of course, the lack of success was not entirely a reflection of Kessler’s play. The third-round draft pick out of USC never had a chance, as he was constantly pressured, and sacked four times.
But when he did have a solid pocket, which was hardly ever, Kessler couldn’t find the open receiver. When he rolled out, he had little room, and really had no choice but to be hit or to throw the ball away.
At the end of the day, Cleveland’s problems go far beyond the quarterback position. Kessler is a player that many believe can become a long-term quarterback if the Browns could have any sort of talent around him. The fact that they are far from this was on full display during Sunday’s game.