Tyrod Taylor won the starting job after having it handed to him

AP

The Browns handed Tyrod Taylor the starting job the day they traded for him. Then, he earned it.

Taylor has taken pressure off the organization by winning the job over No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield.

“He’s earned the right to be the starting quarterback here,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I know it was given in the beginning, but he still had to do the things that were going to let him be the starting quarterback here, and he’s done that.”

Taylor never saw himself as a bridge to Mayfield, and he still doesn’t. But the Heisman Trophy winner will become the starter at some point not far into the future. Teams don’t spend No. 1 overall picks on a player to sit him on the bench long term.

For now, though, the Browns are Taylor’s team.

“I feel that [it’s my team],” Taylor said. “I never doubted that. It takes time to learn guys on both sides of the ball. It takes time to learn the building, but as far as me commanding and taking control of the huddle, taking control of groups when we’re working out and speaking up when stuff needs to be said, I definitely feel comfortable in doing that. I think guys respect that.”

20 responses to “Tyrod Taylor won the starting job after having it handed to him

  1. How low is the bar to win a starting job after you already had it handed to you? Sometimes coaches just need to stop talking.

  2. Well I’m happy things worked out for him. He’s a great guy. We loved him in the 716 as a person but just needed better to go further.

  3. Congrats Cleveland…I smell a win or two this year…I also smell that nasty city, but that’s just typical Cleveland

  4. He “won” the job BEFORE training camp? WTF? Jackson shouldn’t be a head coach anywhere. He’s in over his head.

  5. cleveland is a garbage run organization and hue jackson does not appear too talented but ill give them this – they got some young ballers on that offense. Tyrod, Jarvis, and Gordon. They will hang some points and win some games in 2018.

  6. billzbubb
    Jun 13, 2018, 8:29 PM EDT
    He “won” the job BEFORE training camp? WTF? Jackson shouldn’t be a head coach anywhere. He’s in over his head.

    I was thinking the exact same thing. How does a guy “win” the starting job before the first real practice of the offseason?! I’m not sure but has any other team come out and announced their QB already?

  7. “Taylor never saw himself as a bridge to Mayfield, and he still doesn’t.”

    That is SO cute!!

  8. To be fair, I’m certain the “criteria” was knowledge and execution of the playbook which doesn’t always come easy to a rookie who ran a spread scheme. But, there’s a heck of a lot more to playing the QB position than just those things. Like, throwing to WR’s, not taking sacks, throwing the ball downfield. Tyrod is a average QB, who came from an average team, and is now on a bad team. Expect below average results, which is progress on the ‘land.

  9. It’s SOP for the Browns. This makes the third year in a row that a QB is given the job. RGme and Kizer were fake QB competitions. At least this year they aren’t trying to fool people.

  10. I look at the talent that the front office has assembled and I think, ‘hey! no one had better take this team lightly!’

    But then I remember that the have a HC whose career highlight is taking what should have been a playoff Raiders team to 8-8, and I realize….good luck with alllllll that!

  11. He won the job after a three day mini-camp? That’s some high bar they are setting there in Cleveland. So who else has earned their “wipe”, um, I mean “stripe”, so far?

  12. Typical Browns game plan. Go with the safe pick and put him on a short leash, then push reset and split the locker room by going with the back-up.

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