Daily Dawg Tags: Josh McCown, come on down!


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, Nov. 22.

It’s not easy being quarterback of the Cleveland Browns.

Poor drafts, ineffective play and injuries have all conspired to make the situation an extremely fluid one.

The Browns will make yet another change at the position this Sunday, as Cody Kessler is out after sustaining his second concussion of the season and Josh McCown is back in as the starter.

“It’s a difficult time, there’s no doubt about it, but we will keep preparing and come out fighting because that is what it is about,” McCown said on Monday. “It’s about being in the fire right now and saying, ‘What are my core values?’ When you are in the fire, what’s going to burn up and what is going to come out of that fire and be there?”

While the Browns get ready for their last game before the bye week, let’s take a look at the news from around league in today’s Daily Dawg Tags.

Cleveland Browns news:

A lack of excitement surrounds Josh McCown’s return

The Cleveland Browns are once again going with Josh McCown as the starting quarterback, but any excitement surrounding his return is gone.

Playing QB for the Browns is not safe

It’s beginning to get more and more difficult to watch the Cleveland Browns play football. Not just because the team is 0-11 and is on pace to go down as the worst team in NFL history, but rather because of the beating the players are taking. Specifically, the quarterbacks.

Grading the Browns ugly loss to Pittsburgh

The Cleveland Browns missed an abundance of opportunities to make Sunday’s game interesting. How did each major position group perform in the defeat?

Hue Jackson: I am going to be the calming voice (ohio.com)

Browns coach Hue Jackson realizes the only prayer he has to avoid a winless season is to ensure his players stick together through the final five games.

The agony of the offensive line (cleveland.com)

Several lousy decisions led to all the problems the Cleveland Browns have had on the offensive line in this 0-11 season. Two front offices had a hand in it. It’s hard to know what was the worst decision of several they made, but it could be taking Cameron Erving with the 19th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

NFL news:

Should teams go for two more often? (The Big Lead)

NFL kickers have combined to miss 11 extra points, a record for one week since the NFL merger. Of course, there was a rule change moving the extra point attempt back to make it a non-automatic play, and introduce some strategy. Last year, after a similar (but not quite as “doinky”) weekend, I wrote that NFL coaches were still coming to grips with the extra point and needed to get more aggressive.

49ers season was lost before it began (CSN Bay Area)

Chip Kelly was asked in the wake of this freshly lost 49ers season if in fact this was a lost season, and answered in the most New Hampshire way he could. “I don’t think 1-9 is a winning season.”

Jay Cutler’s injury could finish his season (Bear Goggles On)

If there was a way to put Chicago Bears’ fans out of their misery, it would be to shut Jay Cutler down for the remainder of the season. Well, when it rains, it pours, or in this case, it’s a category five hurricane.

Kirk Cousins talks trash to Washington’s GM (NFL.com)

Vine King of the East, Kirk Cousins, created a new catch phrase. Last year we had “You Like that!” Last week we got a cribbed “Oooohweeee.” Now we received “How you like me now?!” Unlike the previous two, this one was directed to his general manager, Scot McCloughan, following Sunday night’s 42-24 pummeling of the Green Bay Packers.