Kizer takes 'step' in Browns' QB clash, could get next start

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 13, 2017

He was measured initially in talking about the rookie quarterback, noting Kizer struggled at times to call plays and did some things which were "un-Kizer like" throughout his debut. "We're not there yet".

On the positive side, he said Kizer threw the ball downfield, made plays with his arms and legs, and showed poise.

"I am sure he is in the locker room excited, but he will be the first to tell you, there are so many other things to clean up". Ideally, that opportunity would come in the Browns' third preseason game - which typically doubles as a "dress rehearsal" - but this is where the timing of Cleveland's current predicament gets complicated. But those things are huge things in games. He has to keep growing, and he has to keep working, but a night like tonight, for a young player as you mentioned, will give him confidence.

"If the guy is unsure of a progression or if a guy is unsure of a coverage, he didn't see the rotation of a safety, he didn't see the rotation of a linebacker soon enough, so all of the sudden you don't make the decision when it needs to happen, so you're now searching", Jackson said.

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"Everybody's asking that question about quarterback and where we are", Jackson said Friday afternoon on a conference call. But did he take a step?

The Browns don't play again until August 21, when they host the New York Giants. "It is the raising of a quarterback". I think that takes time. You kind of let things play themselves out, and they will. You just don't make decisions to make them. "You want to do what's best for your team and your players. So we'll continue to work through this and when we think the time is right, whenever that is, then we'll make that decision".

Jackson said Kizer has to become more proficient calling the play in the huddle and executing the play at the line of scrimmage. That's hardly an ideal situation for a rookie quarterback - even one who outplayed Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler in the team's preseason opener.

"I'm going to think through all these scenarios, I really am", Jackson said.

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