After three weeks of play, it appears Kevin Stefanski picked the perfect guy in Jacoby Brissett to hold it down and wait for Deshaun Watson
After three games, the Cleveland Browns sit atop the AFC North and are 1-0 in the division with a 2-1 record. Yes, they should absolutely be undefeated, but it is what it is.
I said it a while back and I will say it once more; Jacoby Brissett was hand-picked by Kevin Stefanski and the rest of the staff to hold the fort down for superstar quarterback Deshaun Watson. He’s not only been holding it down, but he’s been brilliant through the first three weeks, and the Browns can win any game he starts as long as their defense does their part.
Through three weeks, Brissett is putting up career-high numbers in completion rate, touchdown percentage, passing yards per game, and passer rating. Entering Thursday night’s Week 3 victory, he was leading the Browns to seventh in the entire league in offensive efficiency, and once every game goes final this week, I’m sure that ranking will stay the same, if not climb even higher.
Brissett currently ranks sixth in the entire league in quarterback rankings according to ESPN. Notable quarterbacks, he sits in front of? Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, Joe Burrow, Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray, Aaron Rodgers, and Tom Brady. That’s a pretty good list of quarterbacks if you ask me.
We should’ve known this was coming. Everyone likes to jump ship on the coaches and the coaching staff and point fingers. Kevin Stefanski is one of the best play callers and play designers in the NFL and I will proudly stand by that statement.
He’s constantly scheming guys open, he’s using every single weapon on that offense, and he’s got Brissett playing like prime Tom Brady right now. He got his quarterback for the time being, and he couldn’t be a more perfect fit.
Brissett is a true professional at the quarterback position. He’s making big-time plays when Cleveland needs them, he’s using his legs to extend plays and step up in the pocket to deliver big throws under pressure, and he’s also seemingly mastered the quarterback sneak.
Yes, it’s Week 3 and the Browns’ schedule becomes a gauntlet after next week’s matchup against the Falcons, but they are more than capable with Brissett at the helm to win any game on any given day.
Brissett has won those guys over in the locker room. They know they have a true leader and a true solid quarterback who won’t turn the ball over for them. The Steelers aren’t very good this year, but bouncing back after a brutal loss last week and doing it in primetime against your division rivals says something about the character in that locker room.
The Browns are a good football team and should be able to win plenty more games this season riding behind their new quarterback.