The carousel spun on for the Browns as Hue Jackson benched quarterback DeShone Kizer yet again again after the rookie threw a second interception in a 12-9 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans. Jackson turned to Cody Kessler, who completed 10 of 19 passes for 121 yards but had no touchdowns and threw another interception. So, the result was the same with as it was Kevin Hogan as a replacement. Jackson two weeks ago had talked about wanting Kizer to take a step back and learn as a backup. Then when Hogan looked awful, he went back to Kizer as his starter, only to yank the second-round pick again. Now Jackson is waiting until Wednesday to announce who will get the call in the team's next game on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings in London. Jackson is desperate for his first win of the year, but this is a horrible way to develop a quarterback. He said he is not worried about Kizer’s confidence, because his primary concern is the mindset of the other 52 guys on the roster. Jackson also said he’s trying to send the message that, “This is a performance-based business. If you turn the football over in the National Football League, you cannot play.” But this is nothing short of the continuation of a disaster. Yes, Kizer’s stats are bad (three touchdowns, 11 interceptions), but his issues are indicative of a bigger problem for Cleveland: talent evaluation. That’s why the Browns have had 28 starting quarterbacks since 1999, and none of them ended up being a viable answer. Cleveland also appears to be lacking a clear plan. When developing a young quarterback, a team has to ease pressure by providing a strong supporting cast (including maybe a veteran mentor) and tailor game plans to its passer's skill set. The Browns have been stockpiling picks and taken 36 players in the last three drafts, but they don't have much talent to show for the approach so far. And any team throwing a first-year quarterbacks to the wolves without proper preparation is in for a rude awakening. Jackson said Kizer did some good things on Sunday, but then he fell apart. The pressure of playing quarterback in the NFL is a “big task" and “you’ve got to work through it,” Jackson added on Monday afternoon. But it’s hard to tell exactly Jackson is equipping Kizer to do so.
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USA Today | Oct 23