Browns go back to DeShone Kizer as Sunday’s starter

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This week’s game of musical chairs in the Browns’ quarterback room has resulted in DeShone Kizer being named the starter.

The Browns announced this morning that Kizer will start on Sunday against the Vikings in London.

Kizer was benched two weeks ago in favor of Kevin Hogan, who started and did not play well. Then he was re-installed as the starter last week, only to be benched again, this time in favor of Cody Kessler, during the game.

The 0-7 Browns can’t find a solution at quarterback, and although head coach Hue Jackson says publicly that he’s confident in Kizer, his actions over the last two weeks haven’t shown it. If Kizer struggles on Sunday against the Vikings, he may get benched again.

But for now, the Browns are going back to the second-round rookie who started the year as the starter. Kizer may lead the NFL in interceptions, but the Browns think he is their best option.

89 responses to “Browns go back to DeShone Kizer as Sunday’s starter

  1. Not saying that Kizer can’t be good, he is the NFL’s youngest starter and has no offensive weapons. However, as far as the current Browns team and moving the ball – Cody Kessler is their best option right now.

  2. This is going to be Johnny Football’s ticket back to the NFL. He just needs to sneak into the Browns locker room and wait for his number to come up in that week’s random QB drawing.

  3. Wow, we’ve been pretty lucky this year. Five of first 7 games at home, knock out the QB of our biggest rival, get the Bears when their best LB (Travathan) is on suspension, lose our head hunting safety to a suspension – but suspension comes when we get the factory of sadness. It will be interesting to see if we can continue this momentum through the rest of the year.

  4. This can’t possibly be good for Kizer or the Browns or Hue Jackson’s coaching career. How does continually jerking this kid around help him develop when he is so clearly NOT ready and has no team around him to help?

  5. What a gong show. You have to feel for these Browns fans. What did they do to deserve the Circus setting up permanent shop here?

  6. The analytics team in Cleveland is taking a baseball approach to the problem.

    This week, Kizer is the starter, Kessler the setup man, and Hogan is the situational reliever.

    Since they have not yet put anything in the win column, the Browns are saving all kinds of (theoretical) money by not naming a closer…

  7. They draw straws on Tuesday and the one drawing the short straw has to go out on Sunday and get his brains beat in. The Browns need to work on the running game by running Hugh Jackson and management off.

  8. What’s with the Browns? Constantly picking near the top every year, and are again at 0-7. is it the coach or the GM? They need to have a serious talk.

  9. Jackson needs to find 15 plays that his line can block, his RB’s/receivers can run, and Kizer can do decently ~ and run these plays. Obviously “the system” is too much for these players, so strip it down and run a few plays VERY WELL.
    “You think there’s anything special about this sweep? Well, there isn’t. It’s as basic a play as there can be in football. We simply do it over and over and over. There can never be enough emphasis on repetition. I want my players to be able to run this sweep in their sleep. If we call the sweep twenty times, I’ll expect it to work twenty times…not eighteen, not nineteen.” ~ Vince Lombardi

  10. Put Kizer in and keep him in. Give him the game experience that he needs to be good when he learns how to attack different defenses. Then get him a good OL in free agency. and use draft picks on young skill positions.

  11. No matter how badly anyone else’s team plays from one week to the next, at least we can all say “at least we aren’t the Browns”!

  12. Please move on from Kiser, Kessler and Hogan are your best chance to win, playing Kiser will at least lock up the 1st round pick again !!! don’t know what Kessler did to be sitting in the poop seat week after week but then again that’s Hue’s brilliance.

  13. Didn’t Hue pretty much stake his job on his ability to coach Kizer up?? Also, after last weekend, it seems that Kizer isn’t just part Tom Brady, and part Cam Newton (as I believe he once stated), he also must have a little Johnny Manziel in him!! I love the Browns.

  14. “jimmyjohns01 said:

    I say he gets pulled in the 3rd quarter.”

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    The 3rd quarter? You really think he’ll last through halftime?

    I’d actually be surprised if Kizer lasts the first quarter.

  15. Purple People Eaters says:
    October 25, 2017 at 9:39 am
    Wow, we’ve been pretty lucky this year. Five of first 7 games at home, knock out the QB of our biggest rival, get the Bears when their best LB (Travathan) is on suspension, lose our head hunting safety to a suspension – but suspension comes when we get the factory of sadness. It will be interesting to see if we can continue this momentum through the rest of the year.

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    Everyone is lucky post A-Rod injury. Its the reason any team will be able to beat the Packers. Or win any games. Its also the reason why any team that isn’t GB will win the Superbowl this year.

    Trevathan is such a good linebacker, that it was once said that he could be the only man on the field and stop an entire offense. He is known for that. So it was a real gimme win when we had Bradford play on stump knees for an entire first half and the bears couldn’t do anything to take the lead…because Trevathan was out.

    I think this was Sandejo’s logic “Let me try to give Wallace, a former teammate of mine, irreversible brain damage so I can get suspended for one game against the worst team in the league.”

    And 5 home games out of the first 7 sure sounds easy, but then when you look at 5 home games out of the first 8, it starts to look pretty average. Just like the Packers schedule. Funny how those things kind of balance out. 50% home and away games.

  16. Purple People Eaters says:
    October 25, 2017 at 9:39 am
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    Not bad. Only one Packer troll on a story that involves the Vikings.

    Anyway, back to football….. Does it really matter who starts this week? Long trip to London to face the hottest defense in the league right now. The Vikings are missing their second safety? Doesn’t matter. WR’s won’t get deep enough on Sunday to even bring the safeties into play. Hitman Harry is going to have to come up to the line of scrimmage just to get some action this week.

  17. Seriously, with all of this going on with the Browns and they don’t want to see what Colin Kaepernick might be able to do ? This is how you know there is some collusion going on when you have a dumpster fire in Cleveland and Kap still doesn’t have a job.

  18. Hue Jackson is an incredibly respected offensive coach. I have no idea what he’s doing this season. If he looked overmatched agains the Titans and had to be benched, why in the world would you start him the following weeks vs. the Vikings defense?

  19. mogogo1 says:
    October 25, 2017 at 9:30 am
    This is going to be Johnny Football’s ticket back to the NFL. He just needs to sneak into the Browns locker room and wait for his number to come up in that week’s random QB drawing.

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    This actually made me exhale forcefully while smiling. Thank you.

  20. objectivefootballfan says:
    October 25, 2017 at 9:57 am
    Browns passed up on Watson and Wentz!!
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    The Browns could have selected Watson AND Wentz. If they failed to surround them with talented players and kept swapping them out, both would look like abject failures. I don’t know if Kizer, Kessler or Hogan have what it takes to make it as an NFL starter (or backup) but they will never get the chance to show that under this management in Cleveland. A little unfair to them, I think.

  21. Wasn’t this the year that the Browns were supposed to be contenders?
    Geez, they’re more dysfunctional than ever, and well on their way to 0-16.
    Last weeks’s game was just them inventing new ways to lose, when they tried to ice the kicker, who MISSED on the 1st try.
    Maybe the problem isn’t with the players?

  22. objectivefootballfan says:
    October 25, 2017 at 9:57 am
    Browns passed up on Watson and Wentz!!

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    Hmmm… Could be a classic case of “W-phobia.” They refuse to put a W in their record, and avoided taking either of these guys in the draft.

    Word is that the fear is widespread, and that the front office was looking to sack DC Gregg WILLIAMS. But he became aware of the plot, and threatened to put a bounty on Sashi.

  23. They will again have the top pick in the draft and of course there is not a QB worth taking there this year. If they are smart trade that pick for several picks. They need help at several positions.

  24. 17dayz says:
    October 25, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Keep stockpiling them draft picks, one day they just might land a competent QB.
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    Only if they actually use on of those picks to draft one.

  25. So many high draft picks and this team doesn’t have a credible QB, an impactful running back, or more than one or two defensive stars. Offense fills seats and defense wins games. The Browns still don’t have either.

  26. I’ve seen enough Viking games where this is a traditional trap game.
    Zimmers defense will take care of their own, its upto Keenum to keep this thing rolling.

    Prove your worth by beating the teams you should.

  27. Seeing a lot of fellow Viking fans overlooking the Browns. Yes they are 0 for 7 but so what. Remember a few years back when the Vikings traveled to San Fran in the season opener for a “gimme” game and got their butts whooped? The Vikes are only as good as their last play and as of yet they haven’t set foot on the field. There is still 60 minutes of football to play before we know the score. Let’s hope Zimmer has the boys ready for a fight.

  28. objectivefootballfan says:
    October 25, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Browns passed up on Watson and Wentz!!
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    And those two guys are thanking their lucky stars. The Browns would have just wasted their talents.

  29. That’s Hue Jackson the QB whisper for ya. What an idiot. Kessler gives the team the best chance to win, but Hue has a new puppy in Kizer. I hope Haslem fires Hue at the half.

  30. Purple People Eaters says:

    October 25, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Wow, we’ve been pretty lucky this year. Five of first 7 games at home, knock out the QB of our biggest rival, get the Bears when their best LB (Travathan) is on suspension, lose our head hunting safety to a suspension – but suspension comes when we get the factory of sadness. It will be interesting to see if we can continue this momentum through the rest of the year.
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    we have a stellar performance/Frank booth sighting!!! on a Viking story of course!

  31. When you play the Vikings defense, you pretty much have to decide which QB you’re going to sacrifice. The Packers should have offered up Hundley and they would have still had a chance this season. Get rid of the ball in under two seconds and then drop to the turf (Eli style) and you may leave healthy enough to play again this season.

  32. So week 8 and already the Browns have used 3 different starting QBs. This organization continues to be the laughing stock of all professional sports, not just football. How many Heisman candidate, star college quarterbacks have they drafted in completely ruined in no time? Too many to name. You name Kizer the starter week 1. He struggles, so you begin pulling from games and benching him instead of letting him learn on the fly for the future. Seems to me it’d be better to let him play and work through his struggles instead of completely killing his confidence by benching him midway through games. You drafted him with expectations that he will be the future of your franchise. He’s a rookie. You’re going to deal with growing pains. But the fact that they refuse to let him figure these growing pains out on the field instead of benching him shows that for 20 years now the Browns organization has no clue what they are doing. If I was a college QB and found out the Browns were going to draft me, I’d be calling Eli Manning’s dad to stand next to me at the draft and get on the phone the second I was drafted to let the Browns know I’m not playing there.

  33. WHAT? I feel bad for the Browns fans. Don’t forget the massive screw-up of cutting Osweiler while keeping his huge compensation package. Who thought up that clever deal? With Osweiler, they would have won a couple of games by now.

  34. How can a team with such great resources and such opportunity on paper be screwing it up this badly?

    Whatever redemption was happening with their reputation is quickly being ruined. Any college QB must be looking at them and thinking, that’s a one-way ticket to a ruined career and I will avoid them at all costs.

    Having the yips on QB choice has been killing this team for ages. The minute they pulled Hoyer (who was moving the team toward playoff contention) for Manziel, they were done. It’s only been more of the same since.

    How do Hoyer and McCown look now, Browns? They should have stuck with one veteran, drafted a top QB, and let him develop for a few years while they built up the team around him. This team is rushing like it’s on the verge of SB contention. It’s crazy.

  35. Jackson has been beating the drum about interceptions, so watch Kizer throw nothing but 3-yard passes all day. Sometimes rookies are going to make mistakes, Hue. You just have to let them grow through them.

  36. This is getting ridiculous, pick one of these kids and stick with them. Unfortunately they have 3 QB’s that each have serious flaes in there game that will prevent them to be the franchise QB. Kizer great size and arm, horrible touch, accuracy, and decision making. Kessler, good game manager,understands the system well, nice touch, decent decison making, weak arm, small, injury prone,inconsistent. Hogan, understands the system, poised, great attitude, good runner, inconsistant, weak arm. They need to let kizer play the season out, so that they can decide if they need to pick a QB#1 next draft.If Kizer doesn’t show improvement and keeps throwing interceptions at the current rate, they need to cut their losses, and draft Darnold, Rosen, or Jackson and don’t look back. Unfortunately, then you’re looking at an additional 2 years before any rookie QB. gets the experience necessary to lead a team to the playoffs.So maybe the better option is to throw a pile of money at Garoppolo this offseason, then draft Barkley out of Penn St.#1 and grab a stud reciever in draft or free agency. as well as near future replacement for Joe Thomas. This clown show is wearing the fan base thinner every loss, and sooner than later the seats are going to be 90% empty.

  37. It’s clear that Hue Jackson is doing what’s best for Hue Jackson and not the team.

    That’s who he is though.

  38. I’m starting to wonder if Hue Jackson is using being the starter as punishment.

    I sure as hell wouldn’t want to stand behind that O-line.

  39. onebuffalove716 says:
    October 25, 2017 at 11:44 am
    everybody kept talking about the Jets tanking for Darnold… Has anybody considered that Darnold may be tanking so he doesn’t get drafted by Cleveland?

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    Typical Buffalo fan, basking in their 4-2 start, taking shots at Cleveland, thinking they are actually a viable playoff contending franchise. Remember which franchise has the longest playoff drought in the NFL, that is not the Browns, it’s your Bills.

    We all know your 4-2 start will result in a 7-9 or 6-10 season, but hey keep lighting each other on fire, slamming each other through tables, & throwing sex toys on the field. Stay classy Buffalo.

  40. Hard to believe that I was one of the Fins fans advocating for Jackson instead of Gase. I’ve eaten my crow many times over with sighs of relief.

  41. I watched that OT last week and was more shocked at the play calling by the coaches rather than the QB play.
    Browns had opportunities to win that OT game and the announcers kept wondering aloud as to why certain plays were called.
    A head scratcher.
    At a point, it’s not about the QB at all, IMO.

  42. Fire the entire front office, hire John Dorsey as GM and let him build a staff. Why wait for 0-16 (or 1-15)… Dorsey can start building in November instead of January.

  43. Frazier28/7 says:

    October 25, 2017 at 10:14 am

    I’ve seen enough Viking games where this is a traditional trap game.
    Zimmers defense will take care of their own, its upto Keenum to keep this thing rolling.

    Prove your worth by beating the teams you should.
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    Isn’t that what they’re doing? With their third choice at QB, backup RB, and without their #1 WR.

  44. My sympathies to Cleveland. Hue Jackson is rearranging the deck chairs on a sinking ship, but not fixing the water flooding in. A minor improvement in QB performance will not help much.

  45. bnn52 says:
    October 25, 2017 at 12:03 pm
    onebuffalove716 says:
    October 25, 2017 at 11:44 am
    everybody kept talking about the Jets tanking for Darnold… Has anybody considered that Darnold may be tanking so he doesn’t get drafted by Cleveland?

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    Typical Buffalo fan, basking in their 4-2 start, taking shots at Cleveland, thinking they are actually a viable playoff contending franchise. Remember which franchise has the longest playoff drought in the NFL, that is not the Browns, it’s your Bills.

    We all know your 4-2 start will result in a 7-9 or 6-10 season, but hey keep lighting each other on fire, slamming each other through tables, & throwing sex toys on the field. Stay classy Buffalo.
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    You absolutely nailed it. That’s why I have zero respect for Bills fans and the utmost respect for Browns fans.

  46. The browns drafted a defensive end instead of a franchise qb. They are hopeless.

    They should have just rolled with Cody Kessler instead of drafting kizer and trying to force feed him into the team.

  47. All three QB’s stink, Kizer is the worst. All three should dress for the game this week, and maybe, just maybe, they can get to the end with one of them able to take a snap. It’s not gonna be pretty. Without Thomas at RT these guys will get hit hard and often.

  48. objectivefootballfan says:
    October 25, 2017 at 9:57 am
    Browns passed up on Watson and Wentz!!

    Well I guess Sashi’s “moneyballanalytics” said they were not good picks.

    Sashi and Podesta really think they are the smartest guys in the room.

  49. tjacks7 says:
    October 25, 2017 at 10:34 am
    When you play the Vikings defense, you pretty much have to decide which QB you’re going to sacrifice. The Packers should have offered up Hundley and they would have still had a chance this season. Get rid of the ball in under two seconds and then drop to the turf (Eli style) and you may leave healthy enough to play again this season.
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    They still have a chance. The Packers aren’t about to quit on McCarthy like your Vikings quit on Zimmer last year.

  50. I’m sorry Browns fans, you don’t deserve this. Just wish they would get an average vet starter, let him play, while their young prospects sit and learn for a year or two, then give them their shot!

  51. Anthony Barr and Harrison Smith approve of this decision.

    As a Vikings fan, I think this great. As a guy who is tired of the seeing the Browns lose, I think this is a terrible decision. They are throwing him out there against the NFL’s best Defense. Good luck kid, I hope you don’t get injured, for reals.

  52. Next the Browns will announce they’re going back to Frank Ryan or Bill Nelsen; they may get better QB play…

  53. i just have this gut feeling the vikings will royally screw up this game! it’s what the vikings do!

    on paper, they should sack the QB a minimum of 8 times.

    I don’t think the vikings offense will put up much of a fight though. They are basically there to wind down the clock and kick field goals.

  54. I mean, really, how many times can they disrespect Cody Kessler before he decides just not play the next time you throw him out there to make up for Kizer or Hogan? Thomas is down, and those Vikes are no slouches on defense, especially in the front four (not to mention their good secondary, which will have a field day with that pressure up front). I mean, Kessler actually played decently well last year, he played well in relief, and he is clearly their best quarterback. He’s not old, he’s just not the new shiny rookie, and so they refuse to even pretend to give him an honest chance to actually compete for the job. Come on. The kid has at least earned some respect.

    Kessler, Kizer, Kevin…three Ks, the Browns are out.

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