Cleveland Browns and the eternal QB question

cody-kessler-cleveland-browns-quarterback.jpgMondays and Tuesdays tend to be depressing enough by themselves, so why not compound that and talk about the Browns?

Since the browns re-entered the league in 1999, just about every year a fan could reasonably ask, “What are the Browns going to do for a starting quarterback?” 18 years later, that has not changed.

Right now, the Browns have two real options on the roster. They have Cody Kessler, who they drafted last year, and Brock Osweiler, who they traded for.

They could also draft a quarterback or trade for one. Today, let’s work with what they have.

Kessler, in the games he played last year looked average. Very, very average. He was playing behind a practically non-existent offensive line, he had few talented receivers, and the team could never establish a run game.

Kessler made sound decisions, generally. The Stanford grad seems to be a smart player, be he lacks great arm strength. His accuracy is decent, but with that arm, he cannot spread a defense out along the edges. He’s a sound backup, not a viable starter.

Then there’s Osweiler and the $16 million question. He got benched in Houston last year after throwing more interceptions than touchdowns. And his salary is immense. Right now, despite accuracy issues, an inability to see the field and poor decision-making habits, he’s probably the best quarterback the Browns have. (Yikes) But he’s worth more in a trade. He’s shown that he can’t be a starter, and a $16 million backup is pointless.

At some point Osweiler will be shipped out of Cleveland, which really means Kessler is the only option they currently have. Think that’s gonna hold? Me either. Check back later this week for a look at what the team should do for a quarterback going forward.

-Ethan Kibbe

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Author: Ethan Kibbe

Ethan Kibbe is a former sports editor of The Bona Venture. He works in television production, including news and sports.