A few months ago in this very blog the case was made for Cody Kessler to be named the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns.
That was before the official start of preseason and the outstanding performance of rookie DeShone Kizer. For the first time in recent memory Cleveland has a starter that seems capable of throwing down field, running when necessary, and when under pressure throwing the ball away. Any Cleveland fan knows that these are the intangibles the team has lacked for a very long time.
The most pressure that Kizer will endure won’t come from any opposing team though.
It will be from the fans.
Another season of having to watch a rookie quarterback struggle to learn the offense will surely test the patience of Cleveland faithful. The question of accuracy remains with Kizer and, with the exception of Joe Thomas, the offensive line is still mediocre at best. Another looming question over the team is the talent at the wide receiver position.
If Kizer can somehow manage to not get himself injured this season the future suddenly looks bright for the Browns. They also have more than a dozen draft picks in 2018. Between now and that time there will be plenty of adversity for Kizer to truly secure his spot as the starter.
How he responds will be interesting to watch.
If the fans can wait another season or two for Kizer to develop the top brass in the organization won’t have to concern themselves with finding another quarterback and can instead focus on the future.