Kevin Hogan has been chosen to be the starter at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns for their game against the Houston Texans this Sunday. Hogan’s name will now adorn what could be the saddest jersey in sports, that of the Browns’ signal caller; the number of names on the jersey will now reach 28 since their return to existence in 1999. The fact that this team and its fans have had to endure 28 different quarterbacks is depressing, but this was the right call by head coach Hue Jackson.
Let’s take a look at why Jackson made this call after proclaiming Deshone Kizer the quarterback of the future for this team. Jackson should be developing the young rookie, but also needs to think of the turmoil the organization has been through with their continual losing. How long can the fans hold on, and can they win with Kizer? At this point, Jackson is stating that no, they cannot win with their 2017 2nd round pick. He also has to show the locker room that caliber of play matters; he doesn’t want to lose his team’s respect. Jackson stated, “I’ve made the decision to start Kevin this week. We’ve liked what Kevin has been able to do within our offense when he’s been in there and he will start on Sunday because that’s what we feel is best for our team at this point in time,” Jackson said in a statement released by the team. “This does not change the way we feel about DeShone going forward. He has worked extremely hard and still very much has a bright future. Right now, it’s better for him and his development to back up Kevin.”
Kizer needs time to settle down and soak in as much as possible. That wasn’t happening on the field. He seemed lost most of the time, and couldn’t find the open spaces. Sitting him at this time will let him calm down and watch. Hogan is seeing the field and is anticipating the defenses and their moves. He is getting the most out of the young wide receiving group and staying on his feet.
This team is young and needs to time to build. They need a quarterback who can manage himself and get the most out of others and Kevin Hogan seems to fit the bill.
In case you forgot, these are the names which adorns the infamous jersey: Tim Couch, Ty Detmer, Doug Pederson, Spergon Wynn, Kelly Holcomb, Jeff Garcia, Luke McCown, Trent Dilfer, Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn, Ken Dorsey, Bruce Gradkowski, Colt McCoy, Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace, Brandon Weeden, Thad Lewis, Jason Campbell, Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel, Connor Shaw, Josh McCown, Austin Davis, Robert Griffin III, Cody Kessler, DeShone Kizer, Kevin Hogan. Perhaps one of the latter two can be the one to break the trend.
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