Kevin Stefanski: We have to be ready for every scenario with QBs

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Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2022 season and that ban could grow thanks to an appeal by the NFL, so head coach Kevin Stefanski has some decisions to make about divvying up reps in training camp and the preseason.

Stefanski has to decide how much work to give Watson and how much to give Jacoby Brissett, who is set to start in his place during any suspension. There’s also the possibility of a lawsuit challenging the appeal ruling to further cloud the issue of when Watson might be available to play.

Stefanski said “all of these scenarios you have to be ready for” and that means finding ways to make sure that both quarterbacks are ready to play.

“We’ll let that play out, but we’ve got to get Deshaun ready to play,’’ Stefanski said, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “He hasn’t played football in a year. We’ve got to get Jacoby ready to play. He’s potentially going to be playing early for us and starting and we’re going to be counting on him.

PFT reported that the team plans to play Watson in preseason games despite the suspension. Stefanski didn’t confirm that, but said the preseason offered valuable reps in front of a defense and it will likely be quite some time before Watson can get any of those in the regular season.

22 responses to “Kevin Stefanski: We have to be ready for every scenario with QBs

  1. When you lookup the word Dysfunctional in the Webster dictionary the only word that is listed is BROWNS

  2. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to learn Stefanski’s vanilla, predictable offense.

  3. Yikes, if it’s less than half a season, Jacoby can hold it together. Counting on him for a full season is tough though. They should at least get a better backup than Dobbs/Rosin

  4. That’s funny, Stefanski. Watson isn’t going to play. Good luck with Jacoby Brissett and Josh Rosen.

  5. wonder how Garrett, Chubb etc feel about this lost season during their peak years? Great move Haslam. Idiot!

  6. Can we please stop talking about the Browns now? This is coming from a Browns fan…

  7. Stefanski should be on the hot seat. He’s had SB roster for the last 2 seasons and underachieved.

  8. If Watson gets suspended for the whole season, that just means the Browns will get a top 5 pick in the draft.

  9. Would the comment from coach be any different if Watson were injured and out 6-12 weeks? No.

  10. I hope it’s 17 games and a $45 million fine – so the Browns and Watson both feel the pain here.

  11. Even if Watson plays, let’s remember his last season playing he won 4 games (the same # Davis Mills won with the same roster). Watson is not only an arrogant predator, he’s also an overrated QB.

  12. lionsnati0n says:
    August 5, 2022 at 7:23 pm
    If Watson gets suspended for the whole season, that just means the Browns will get a top 5 pick in the draft.
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    No, that just means that the Texans will get a top 5 pick in the draft from the Browns thanks to the Watson trade…..ouch…..

  13. Is Watson really good enough to go through all of this? In addition trade several draft choices and guarantee $230M. Seems silly to me.

  14. browns64 says:
    August 5, 2022 at 2:51 pm
    When you lookup the word Dysfunctional in the Webster dictionary the only word that is listed is BROWNS

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    No, the Jets. They run neck and neck but at least the Browns have talent.

  15. I’m glad my kids are grown so I don’t have to explain what a “Happy ending ” is.

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