Cleveland Browns: Hue Jackson making the big QB decision Wednesday
Hue Jackson is expected to name a starting quarterback on Wednesday, giving Cleveland Browns fans some sense of clarity at the position for 2017.
While the Kyrie Irving trade news is dominating Cleveland sports news, Hue Jackson will be making a big decision for his Cleveland Browns on Wednesday.
Jackson is expected to name a Week 1 starting quarterback tomorrow, finally ending the speculation that began as soon as Week 17 of the 2016 season came to an end on the first day of 2017.
Right now, I don’t see a scenario in which Brock Osweiler isn’t named the starter. Jackson has been hinting at that being the case, and the fact DeShone Kizer still lacked pocket awareness in Monday night’s win over the New York Giants makes it seem as Osweiler will get the job by default as this team needs to name a starter before Saturday’s game in Tampa Bay.
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Kizer has the most upside of any quarterback on the roster, so starting Osweiler in Week 1 doesn’t necessarily mean he is locked into the position all season. Even one bad outing may be enough for Jackson to go with the rookie to see what he has.
While Jimmy Haslam has agreed to go along with this rebuilding process, Jackson still can’t afford another 1-15 or a 2-14 season.
So even though the front office hasn’t brought in a clear franchise quarterback, it is still up to Jackson to manage his team well enough to avoid another unwatchable season.
Our only hope is that Osweiler, given he is named the starter, somehow turns things around. That doesn’t seem likely, but we must deal with what he have.
Kizer is going to start at some point this season, which could be as early as Week 2 or as late as the very end of the season. Naming a Week 1 starter clears up opening day, but Browns fans know better than to assume any Week 1 starter will hold the role all season.
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It stinks that this is the line of thinking, but optimism can only go so far until some visual evidence is provided.