Dud: Hue Jackson’s decision making
For almost every team in the league, the third preseason game is typically known as the dress rehearsal. The first-team offense and defense will play the entire first half and coaches will even game plan for their opponent. The purpose is to let the team rest the starters the last week of the preseason so they are ready and healthy for the regular season.
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Jackson seemed keen on getting his starting units a lot of work, and even put his starting quarterback at risk by doing that. Tyrod Taylor had a wrist injury that looked much worse than it ultimately was, but it forced Taylor to leave the game.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Friday that Taylor did suffer a dislocated pinky on the play, despite his return to the game. But despite the injury, Jackson let his starting quarterback re-enter a game that was not worth risking his starting quarterback.
After Taylor returned, he seemed to be very conservative with his hand, including handing the ball off with two hands at times. If Taylor was in enough pain where he was protecting his hand, he should not have been able to return to the game.
Jackson wants to let Mayfield sit and learn on the bench during the 2018 season. But in order for him to do that, he needs Taylor healthy. For some reason, Jackson put Taylor’s future health at risk by playing him with an injury – a minor injury, but still an injury – during a preseason game.
It’s understandable to want your starters to get a lot of work in the third preseason game, but there still needs to be a lot of caution for a player’s health. Especially the starting quarterback’s health.