By Cleveland Kate // @clvlndk8
Yes, you read that correctly. No, this isn’t an article from 2016… or 2015…. or 2014…. or, well, you get the drift. After making a landmark trade to acquire quarterback Brock Osweiler in the offseason, drafting Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer in the 2nd round, waiving Osweiler, watching Kevin Hogan come into preseason games and move the ball effectively, and sending Cody Kessler off to oblivion, the Cleveland Browns decide to start Kizer.
Fans were happy. Rebuilding was starting. The franchise quarterback was here. And then the season happened.
The Week 5 match-up versus the New York Jets started off on a high note; the Browns won their first coin toss of the season! I know you think this is not really something worth noting, yet as the losers of the toss for the first four weeks, opponents have deferred. This forced a shaky young offense to take the field first, ending in 3-and-outs or blocked punts and eventually the depressing fact that they were the only team in the entire NFL to have never had a lead at any point in a game. Never.
The score at halftime looked like a fairly even game with the Jets leading 3-0, but if you know about the two missed field goals by rookie kicker Zane Gonzalez and three – THREE – turnovers in the Red Zone, you understand why the Browns came out in the third quarter with backup QB Kevin Hogan under center.
Despite throwing an interception, Hogan led them on two touchdown drives and gave them a chance to win a close 17-14 game. Not only does this leave the Browns at 0-5, it also opens the door for Browns fans favorite pastime: quarterback controversy. Cleveland is waiting for Wednesday’s press conference with head coach Hue Jackson to find out if the move to Hogan was just a way to try and win a “winnable” game, or if it affects Kizer’s long-term situation.
Hue Jackson says QB decision between Kizer and Hogan coming later this week.
— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) October 9, 2017
The brightest spot of the day has to be Myles Garrett finally getting onto the field. Due to a late preseason injury, Garrett has not seen a snap so far this season. Fans eagerly awaited the chance to see the number one overall draft pick in action and were not disappointed. SACK on his very first play! Say what you want about the rest of the team, Garrett’s return gives everyone hope that somehow the defense will be able to help turn this team around and get a “W” in the win column.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 8, 2017
Fans took to Twitter to express their disdain at changing quarterbacks at this point in the season. While some are desperate to win, others are willing to look to the long-term future of the team and see Kizer’s development as necessary to move forward.
If Hogan starts this week then the entire season is lost. There is absolutely no reason to sit Kizer. The whole goal this year was to see if Kizer is the guy or not and to let him grow. Trotting Hogan out there does nothing for the rebuild or long term success of the franchise.
— Larry (@KardiacKizer) October 9, 2017
Sports Radio Host Ken Carman, 923 the Fan, has a poll on twitter. Feel free to weigh in with your vote!
Who would you rather the #Browns start at quarterback this week?
— The Ken Carman Show (@KenCarmanShow) October 10, 2017