Hue Jackson: “We can’t have too many good quarterbacks”

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The Browns have invested time and resources, and plenty of coaching, into DeShone Kizer this year. Which is good for him, since that amount of time is almost certainly going to be cut into by whichever quarterback they take at the top of the draft next year.

Browns coach Hue Jackson conceded the obvious Monday, while defending the progress of Kizer, this year’s second-round pick who has shown flashes of competence during an 0-12 campaign.

The Browns would pick first and seventh overall (via the Texans) in the 2018 NFL Draft if the season ended today (which they probably wouldn’t mind).

“It’s not a good problem because that means you’re losing, but it’s a problem that in this situation, you want to have,” Jackson said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “We can’t have too many good quarterbacks right now on this football team.

“We have to and we’ve said it before, use resources at that position and go get the right guy that we feel comfortable with to pair them with some of the players we have here to come up with the best quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. That is just what you do.”

Of course, Jackson may or may not get to coach that fortunate soul, but it’s obvious they’ll go that direction. Or, I guess it ought to be obvious, though they did pass up chances to take Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson, so you never know.

That’ll leave Kizer on the scrap heap of memories that has been the Browns quarterback roster since they came back in 1999. But Jackson thinks the rookie has benefitted from this season.

Kizer’s lost all 11 of his starts, and is last in the league with a 58.1 passer rating. He’s completing 52.5 percent of his passes. But he’s upright, and that makes him the best of the lot for now.

“DeShone is still a growing young quarterback,” Jackson said. “He’s working extremely hard. He’s trying his tail off to win for his football team, and sometimes in those moments, you kind of revert back. You’re going to take the good with the bad. He’s done some good things. He did some things that he has to continue to grow and learn from. I am not down on DeShone.

“I want DeShone to keep working at this thing. He knows he has my backing and my support, but he knows there are some areas he has to grow and grow up pretty fast. He’s taken that challenge.”

The next guy will go through similar growing pains. And there will almost certainly be a next guy.

38 responses to “Hue Jackson: “We can’t have too many good quarterbacks”

  1. with the first pick in the 2018 NFL draft the Browns select Baker Mayfield. That’s my guess and I’m sticking to it. They’re not good enough to not mess this up.

  2. I’m rooting for the Browns from afar, like I’m sure most fan bases are. They’ve suffered enough, time for them to have a competent team. With Gordon (assuming he stays clean) and Coleman at WR and a young David at TE the offensive skill positions are there. I actually think a Wentz or Watson would produce with that arsenal too, but we know they passed. Time to invest their top pick in one of the QBs and hope it works out. Defense hasn’t been the issue, they’re just on the field A LOT with a fluttering offense most years

  3. How does a team with orders of magnitude more draft picks, and perenially the #1 draft pick, fail to win more than 1 game in 28 tries?

    Upset special: I am picking the Browns to beat Green Bay this week.

  4. Hue Jackson: “We can’t have too many good quarterbacks”
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    No, you can’t, Hue.
    You are right about that.

    Luckily….you don’t.

  5. Too bad the Browns do not have a coach like Belechek, Who picked his HOF qb in the first round. Oh, wait…….

  6. Get over it people. Experience counts in the NFL. There is no such thing as an all basically rookie team and not even an all pro bowl rookie team beating these established NFL teams. PERIOD. The problem here is not the coaching to the point of no wins. The problem is all the young and even new players coming together for the first time and adding yet another new defensive coach and new offensive lineman and then sprinkle on that formula – a young rookie QB who is required to win games. Thats what you get when you try to field the cheapest -draft pick talent and compete as a team. That only means you are going to lose for a lot of years. Heck even new franchise teams when they come into the league get to select some veterans from other teams I believe. Otherwise they would take 5 years to even win a game.

    This is quite obvious.

  7. regaliaimagewear says:
    December 5, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Get over it people. Experience counts in the NFL. There is no such thing as an all basically rookie team and not even an all pro bowl rookie team beating these established NFL teams. PERIOD.
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    Get real. The Browns have sucked ever since they were resurrected. With all of the high draft picks they have had, they should be one of the top teams in the NFL.

  8. The one person that will cause the Brown’s front office & Coaching staff to lose their collective jobs is Carson Wentz. Huge mistake not drafting Carson Wentz.

  9. They need to sign 16 QB’s and start one each week next season. If they would happen to win, they get rewarded with being on the roster for 2019. Lose a game and you’re out.

  10. The Browns passing on Wentz was only a bad idea if you’re delusional enough to think that Wentz is a better player than the ridiculous amount of guys they got for that pick (16 in all) via trades(which he is not)and even more delusional enough to think QB is the Browns main problem and that they’d be 16-0 with the right QB.

    And Watson being the best QB on IR doesn’t scream “Cleveland was wrong for passing on him” either. He’s injured in the AFC South. You think he’d be healthy if he got drafted to the AFC North?

    If Cleveland for once is thinking long term then the QB will come when the offense is set. Paying a guy first overall pick money to throw to receivers who can’t catch or sit on IR is a bad investment and I can’t think of a single time that’s ever worked. Just look at Andrew Lucks teams record the last few years.

  11. It’s time for Jackson to go. He nearly destroyed Kizer and has shown that he can’t coach, develop players (especially QB’s), make in-game adjustments, or run an offense. Tons of horrible coaches have better records than Jackson for crying out loud. Time to reboot again, and get rid of the whole FO also.

  12. davewr58 says:
    December 5, 2017 at 2:44 pm
    It’s time for Jackson to go. He nearly destroyed Kizer and has shown that he can’t coach, develop players (especially QB’s), make in-game adjustments, or run an offense. Tons of horrible coaches have better records than Jackson for crying out loud. Time to reboot again, and get rid of the whole FO also.

    Kizer wasn’t good to begin with. He has the exact same flaws and issues he had at Notre Dame. Why is Notre Dame a better team without him? Kizer is inaccurate and a poor decision maker – he isn’t going to improve. Not my fault so many idiots bought into the pre-draft hype about him.

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