Hue Jackson says Brock Osweiler will compete for a job, for now

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The Browns traded for Brock Osweiler because they wanted a second-round draft pick and the Texans wanted to get out from under Osweiler’s contract. Osweiler’s potential contributions in Cleveland were an afterthought.

But as long as he’s on the team, Browns coach Hue Jackson says Osweiler will be given the same opportunities as other players, and Osweiler will be there when the offseason program starts.

“Obviously, he’s a player on our team and we’re going to treat him just like we do all of our other quarterbacks until he’s not,” Jackson told Steve Wyche of NFL Network. “He’s a guy that’s going to come in and compete. We haven’t had an opportunity to meet with him from a football standpoint because of the rules. But once we start our offseason program, Phase One, we’ll get a chance to know him and he’ll get to know us.”

The “until he’s not” part of the quote doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence that the Browns think Osweiler is their long-term answer, but for now anyway, the team is acting as if Osweiler has a chance to show he’s the best quarterback on the depth chart.

That depth chart currently consists of just Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan along with Osweiler, and it wouldn’t be shocking if Osweiler were to win a competition against those two. But the Browns can also acquire another quarterback before training camp starts. It seems like a long shot that the Browns will actually go into Week One with Osweiler under center.

43 responses to “Hue Jackson says Brock Osweiler will compete for a job, for now

  1. Just giving him away never made any sense to me. The browns are desperate at QB and no one on that roster is even close to as good as him. You’re already paying him, might as well see if he can be a stop gap between 1-15 and your next franchise qb.

  2. “once we start our off season program, Phase One, we’ll get a chance to know him and he’ll get to know us.”

    Believe it boss, he knows the Browns and it ain’t pretty.

  3. ““Obviously, he’s a player on our team and we’re going to treat him just like we do all of our other quarterbacks until he’s not,”

    lol….they haven’t even met him and they’re already looking for a way out

  4. Brock has no market value . watching the other back up QB signing for peanuts . the Browns dont have many options at this point. hard to think they put him in a preseason game . if he gets hurt they on the hook for all the $$$$$$$$$$

  5. PFTCommentSectionIsFullOfBigotry says:

    Hue is tho, if he can’t the best out of you as a QB, you might wanna switch positions ala Pryor or retire!!!
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    Didn’t he bring in RG3 last offseason?

  6. I just don’t understand the Brock-hate: ok so Texans paid too much for him, but they won a playoff game with him. And don’t forget the Broncos offered him a $30M deal before he took the Texans to the cleaners. No, he’s no Brady, but how long since the Browns last had a QB capable of winning a playoff? And his salary is becoming the norm for starters – even mediocre ones – plus Browns got a pick too. Go with it.

  7. Hey, Elway thought he was good…

    You think RG3 is good and he wasn’t . You think Osweiller is bad and turns out to be good. Could happen, go figure…

  8. The Browns had the money and this was a very good move. Now we have 3 #2’s for next year. But if you have to go thru with paying Brock, maybe this is another Rg3, but maybe not. We’ve had people around that cost big bucks, and they’ve done nothing. I know Kessler isn’t going to start, now with a much better “O” line give Brock a chance.

  9. The Texans will suck again. The Browns will pay Brock. And the Broncos will take Brock back for a #7 pick, and end up in the playoffs with him at zero cost.

  10. Kessler showed some promise if they could have kept him upright. Osweiler still has some potential, too, but I’d like to have seen some stories about how hard he’s working this offseason. Not hearing that he’s working out with a QB coach when he so clearly needs work to develop is telling about his attitude.

  11. Over the next two drafts the Browns can almost completely change this roster. Paying the 17 whatever million this year to help that process is a win. It’s still Cleveland so they will probably screw it up, but at least those fans have some hope.

  12. A bunch of real projected franchise qb’s next year. Garoppalo and cousins possibly on the market. Please let other teams get that first round “project” this year browns. Let this dude get rocked a bunch and go get your qb next year. How about Myles, foster, and some secondary help this year. Let’s actually build something solid and half a$$ it with projects. What happens next year when the see Rosen, brown, darnold, garoppalo, cousins, and they’ve sat kizer or trubisky on the bench all year. They really going to pass on better options because they wasted a first rounder on one of these guys? The answer is yes. They’ll pass on a better option so they don’t look stupid and in turn will look stupid because they’ve secured another 3-75 years of bad browns football. If these guys aren’t good enough to take at 1, then they’re not top ten talent and shouldn’t be taken at 12 where top 10 talent will fall to.

  13. Prior to this new front office, the Browns have been historically disfunctional with their hasty decisions….
    Uhhh… what about the Texans?
    Per David Carr, who also failed in Houston, Osweiler was thrown into a very difficult situation in respect to the differences between Denver’s offensive scheme vs that of the Texans. Carr was not a surprised at all that it didn’t happen right away, but was surprised that Houston pulled the plug so quickly with Osweiler.
    Osweiler is 12 – 8 as a starter, healthy, and ready to compete. His biggest deterrent is that he is TOO tall, which limits mobility and quickness. He is coming into a new system with a head coach that players thrive under, and those deterrents may be a refreshing change to a guy that plays in the pocket, as opposed to looking to run at the first sign of trouble.

  14. I thought Hue was such a QB guru, haven’t seen it….he does talk a lot though…..may be running out of time, if he’s not careful…..

  15. I said it the day he was acquired. Talking heads wanted an excuse to rail the front office because of it’s “money ball” moniker. They got a starting QB that Elway wanted to resign, and a second rd pick for their troubles. Draft a QB in the 1st round this year? Nope, best player available! Go Dawgs!

  16. If anyone can turn Osweiller into something Hue Jackson can.

    Brock actually has some talent.

    His mechanics need a lot of work and he really has to clean that up, but he has he arm to make every throw out there.

  17. The anal-ytics geniuses running the Browns were very likely convinced that they could immediately flip Osweiler for a 4th-5th round pick, getting out of that massive contract and adding another ultimately useless draft pick onto their pile (because what good are draft picks when every player you pick is a bust?). These guys remind me of the Underpants Gnomes;

    1 – Steal underpants
    2 – ???
    3 – PROFIT!

  18. footballisnotthatimportant says:
    Mar 27, 2017 7:57 AM
    PFTCommentSectionIsFullOfBigotry says:

    Hue is tho, if he can’t the best out of you as a QB, you might wanna switch positions ala Pryor or retire!!!
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    Didn’t he bring in RG3 last offseason?

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    RGIII played exactly one game last season. And won it.

  19. would rather trade brock and the 2nd he came with to move up into the late first round for deSean watson. hue is a qb guru very much so. he turned jason campbell into a playoff qb he can do the same with a more talented watson

  20. Take a cue from George Costanza and do the opposite.

    For 20 years the Browns have brought in people who they thought would work out and didn’t. Maybe something they don’t think will work out is the way to go.

  21. Folks, the problem with the Texans offense was Bill O’Brien not Osweiler. He is just not a good head coach. He failed to adapt to circumstances of his offense. When your offensive line is average at best, don’t draw up plays that take a long time to develop. Don’t force plays to Hopkins even when he is double or triple covered. IMHO, O’Brien did not want to upset already disgruntled Hopkins. Osweiler is fairly mobile, why not roll him out in bootleg plays similar to how Kubiak used him in Denver? I’m curious to see what Hue Jackson can do with Osweiler. Unlike O’Brien, Jackson actually has a track record of improving a QB.

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