Browns Key to Victory No. 2: Jacoby Brissett
Last week was frustrating watching Jacoby Brissett. The Browns, on multiple occasions, had guys running wide open, yet he was able to complete the passes. However, Brissett got very limited work in preseason and is a completely new offense.
The Kevin Stefanski offense isn’t going to require him to push the ball down the field, but when guys are open, he must hit them. Look for the play-action game to be huge, and for Stefanski to try and get his quarterback in a rhythm early.
On the first two drives last week Brissett missed three wide-open receivers which really set the tone for the rest of the game. While he did do a good job avoiding pressure and making a few plays with his legs, fans want to see improvement in his accuracy.
It was shocking to see Watson get all the first-team snaps during camp when you knew Brissett was going to be the opening day starter. The future certainly lies with Watson, but Brissett has a chance to win five or six games this year and keep the Browns in playoff contention when Watson returns.
I expect to see a much crisper Brissett in Week 2, but if we do see more signs of struggle, fans will start to lose patience quickly.