Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson is finally giving in to an idea he should have started the season with. After Sunday's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the embattled head coach said that rookie DeShone Kizer will play out the remainder of the season as the starting quarterback.
“Where we are right now, I need to continue to see him,” Jackson said, via Cleveland.com. “Let’s let him play. Let’s let him play this thing out. As long as he’s healthy, let’s keep putting him out there. I want to walk away from this season knowing exactly what DeShone Kizer is top to bottom. He deserves that. I know this is all tough for him. Week in and week out, it’s the consistency he has to keep chasing. He just has to keep working at it.”
Considering the Browns were always too far removed from being competitive this season, it is shocking it took Jackson this long to realize his inexperienced quarterback should get all the reps.
Also worth noting, Jackson did the entire “I need to see” dilly, as if he will still be the head coach of Cleveland next season. Maybe he will, but his overall record the last two seasons doesn't really suggest he should be back.
The Browns spent most of this season looking to replace DeShone Kizer without ever giving him a proper shot. It always felt like Jackson was casually hurling him under the bus. Here's to hoping that whatever Kizer's “good” happens to be, it hasn't been irreversibly broken by the franchise's almost immediate lack of belief in him.