Cleveland Browns: 5 offensive takeaways from Week 1
By Andrew Seibt
Kizer got sacked…a lot
Similar to the running game, there might be a few different reasons why this sack number seems rather high for a team with so much invested in its offensive line. Remember when I said a con of DeShone Kizer is that he holds on to the ball too long? (See pros and cons of starting DeShone article.) See I did say that. Anyway, he kept doing it on Sunday to a frustrating degree.
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Kizer was sacked seven times on Sunday, and I would say four of them at least were due to Kizer holding on to the ball for too long.
A large portion of the blame is on the wide receivers not being able to get separation, but Kizer has to throw the ball out of bounds instead of taking unnecessary hits.
There was still pressure getting to the quarterback, but he seemed to have more than enough time to get rid of the ball and was unable to do so.
With the pedigree on the offensive line with Joe Thomas, Joel Bitonio and Kevin Zeitler I would not bet on this being a constant issue for this team, unless Kizer refuses to learn from his mistakes.
If Hue Jackson is worth his salt as a coach, he will make sure he’s bombing balls into peoples’ backyards like RGIII. Trust me, even I hate comparing those two quarterbacks in the same sentence.