Daily Dawg Tags: Quarterback evaluation is ongoing
By Thomas Moore
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson has not made a decision on his starting quarterback, which is reasonable given that the Browns have only practiced a few days.
The Cleveland Browns will return to the practice field on Wednesday after a day off.
While it will be just the sixth practice of training camp, head coach Hue Jackson is already dealing with the inevitable questions about who the starting quarterback will be and when he will make a decision.
Patience is the key, Jackson said, according to clevelandbrowns.com:
"“Just still evaluating. Just watching and looking. Guys have done some good things. Obviously, we are closer to making decisions than we are not as you keep going every day. I have seen some good things from our guys. I have seen some things we have to keep improving at. Once we can get a whole unit out there playing, I will feel much better. We are making progress. It is Day 5 into this situation, and we are going to just keep working.”"
It is understandable that people are interested in the quarterback situation, but what’s the rush? The Browns have not even finished a full week of practices and don’t have their first exhibition game until Aug. 10. Jackson doesn’t have to work on anyone’s timetable but his own, and there is no need to rush things.
The longer Jackson can take to make the decision, the better the decision should be. It may not be what everyone wants to hear, but as long as someone lines up behind center when the season opens on Sept. 10, it will be fine.
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