Cleveland Browns near bottom of pre-camp QB power rankings
The Cleveland Browns are still without a definitive Week 1 starting quarterback, leaving the team near the bottom of a list ranking each team’s QBs.
Sick of talking about the Cleveland Browns’ quarterback situation yet?
It will be nice once the team actually names a Week 1 starter, but the talk surrounding the position will never end until one individual seizes control of the job for years to come. Until that happens, we can all keep choosing sides and declare our favorite for the job.
The candidates this year are DeShone Kizer, Cody Kessler and Brock Osweiler, although the latter two may have the best shot at the job. But with the uncertainty, it is hard to make any bold predictions for how any of these players will perform this season.
A recent article on NFL Spin Zone compiled a power rankings list of each team’s quarterbacks, and unsurprisingly the Browns ended up near the bottom, coming in at No. 31 just ahead of the Los Angeles Rams and Jared Goff.
From the article:
"It really doesn’t matter if it’s Cody Kessler or Brock Osweiler that gets the final nod, two things will remain true. Both will be average at absolute best, and the Cleveland Browns won’t win many games."
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The fact the Browns haven’t yet declared a starter does seem to indicate that the competition is close, meaning it may not matter who ultimately starts, as this team doesn’t appear to be winning many games in 2017.
However, the hope is that the player who holds the job can shock the world and make something of this season. The player doesn’t even have to win the job in Week 1, as seen in 2007 when Derek Anderson replaced a traded Charlie Frye in Week 2 and led the Browns to a 10-6 record.
The Browns weren’t expected to do much that year after being destroyed in Week 1, but the right man stepped in and made it a great season.
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So perhaps that will happen in 2017. Maybe Hue Jackson’s first choice will falter, opening up an opportunity for a different player to come in and see success right away. It is hard to believe in such a thing after the recent quarterback play, but it certainly isn’t impossible.