Hue Jackson admits he’s been too hard on Cody Kessler

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Last week, Browns coach Hue Jackson benched quarterback Cody Kessler during a loss to the Ravens. This week, Jackson seems to be second-guessing that decision.

“Cody has done some good things, too,” Jackson said, via Cleveland.com. “Maybe we’ve been a little too harsh on him that way. He’s made some jumps in some areas.”

Kessler has played well, given that he’s a rookie who wasn’t expected to play at all this year and was pressed into action after Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown both got hurt. Kessler has a higher completion percentage and passer rating than Griffin and McCown this year, and Jackson acknowledged that Kessler is growing into the role.

“That’s just work in progress. Young quarterbacks grow at different rates,” Jackson said.

Whether Kessler grows into a franchise quarterback who can lead Cleveland out of its doldrums remains to be seen. But he’s already done more than was expected of him as a rookie.

32 responses to “Hue Jackson admits he’s been too hard on Cody Kessler

  1. Poorest tackling team in NFL with Defense giving up 30 PPG. Rookie QB Kessler completing 2/3 of his passes. Does Hue Jackson have a clue what the problem is?

  2. Browns are winless because they’re miserable in all 3 phases of the game and way too many penalties. That falls on the HC. Was it last week, the 1st D play of the game and 12 players were on the field???

  3. It’s sad to see the ego that ruined Hue Jackson in Oakland will ruin him in Cleveland now.

    There’s a reason only desperate teams give this guy a HC gig.

  4. Welcome to the NFL Kessler…..”Suck it up Buttercup” is the term to use with the younger guys now….you know with their safe zones and all…..

  5. can HUE coach up ARM STRENGTH IN HIM THOUGH? u wasted a pick on him and half the WRs we drafted ugh
    when we get 1st overall PICK THE BEST MOST SMARTEST, ATHLETIC, AND NON-INJURY HISTORY PLAYER ON THE BOARD PLEASE
    EVEN IF IT QB

  6. This looks like one of those teams where the pieces will start coming together soon. Everything is new and they do have some talent. 17 rookies is a tough hill to climb, plus lots of injuries.

  7. There’s not just one problem to work on. However, I’m not sure how much progress should be expected when there isn’t much adequate play around the guy.

  8. Kessler’s been surprisingly decent. I’d say at the very least he’s shown enough to be a good #2 QB, and maybe more if he keeps getting better. No, the biggest reason the Browns are winless is a defense that is catastrophically bad, especially in the 2nd half

  9. Poorest tackling team in NFL with Defense giving up 30 PPG. Rookie QB Kessler completing 2/3 of his passes. Does Hue Jackson have a clue what the problem is?
    __________________________________

    Probably not…..he still thinks he’s an OC.

  10. Big Ant TV says:
    Nov 17, 2016 7:54 AM
    can HUE coach up ARM STRENGTH IN HIM THOUGH? u wasted a pick on him and half the WRs we drafted ugh
    when we get 1st overall PICK THE BEST MOST SMARTEST…
    ================

    Most smartest??lol

    There are dozens of problems on that team. From the outside looking in Kessler really doesn’t seem to be one of them. Obviously Jackson sees things we don’t, maybe the kid is taking the check down too often when there are other things available but that seems like a coaching thing and given what is going on around him it’s hard to find serious fault with Kessler

  11. There are a bunch of great QB arms in the draft this year. Once it became apparent that the Browns were not a playoff team, the tanking began! That includes the unusual decision to bench Kessler last week.

  12. Call it a day Hue,your being outcoached, your coaching staff outside of special teams is a joke, then you pull a QB when you have the lead !!!

  13. Every time I mention how terrible Jackson is as a coach I downvoted into oblivion. Some guy on here said that Jackson needs FIVE YEARS to turn the Browns around. He can’t even get these guys lined up properly out of timeouts or learn to tackle. Five years to teach guys those things? My god. Good luck Cleveland!

  14. His infatuation with RGIII is odd. I know it’s a small sample but he looks like the least effective of the bunch.

  15. He paniced and benched him for McCown at the thought of getting a win. The fact is Kessler could have 2-3 wins if the rest of the team wasnt atrocious, mainly that defense which isnt Hue’s expertise.

  16. Hue is a good coach. Browns are basically an expansion roster this year. 20 rookies on the team? It’s unheard of. Kessler does some things well but the arm strength is an issue. He looks like a guy who can be a backup QB in the league for a decade or more. But can’t rely on him as a starter.
    This was a 3-13 roster before all the injuries and loss of Josh Gordon. Now 1-15 is probably the ceiling. Hopefully they can do that and stay patient with Hue until they get some players. Remember Jimmy Johnson went 1-15 his first year in Dallas.

  17. “we’re not focused on wins and losses”…..

    so you’re just focused on being what? A developmental team? Or you’re focused on making as much $ to pay for Haslam promised rebates?

    Cleveland: where careers go to die… or never begin

  18. ……….This team is listless and out coached….I’ve seen bits and pieces of their games and they play pretty evenly till the 2nd half….then all hell breaks loose….a VETERAN coach could lead to the team to at least ONE win. …..

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