NFL: Brock Osweiler, Cody Kessler Enough at Quarterback for Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns' search for a quarterback who will end their longtime problem at the position may be paused for now. It was suggested that they should first try to go with Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler, the top two quarterbacks they currently have on the roster.
In a report by Bucky Brooks on NFL.com, he opined that the Browns "should pin their immediate hopes" on Osweiler and Kessler for the 2017 NFL season and beyond. He thinks that despite the negatives surrounding the two, they are the "better options."
Brooks spoke about Jimmy Garoppolo of the New England Patriots. The Browns are connected to Garoppolo since the 2016 NFL season ended. Tom Brady's main backup showed flashes of greatness in the Patriots' previous championship run. That is why he is seen by many as the quarterback who will end the struggles in Cleveland.
However, a good year from Garoppolo is not enough to convince Brooks that he is the quarterback the Browns are looking for. He questioned the 25-year-old's achievements in the NFL, even though he is a two-time Super Bowl winner with the Patriots. Brooks also discussed trying to start a rookie at the quarterback position, which he said would bring the team back to "Step 1."
The uncertainties in the free agency/trade markets, plus the lack of NFL-ready quarterbacks in the upcoming draft, are the reasons why Brooks believes settling with Osweiler and Kessler is the best for the Browns as of this moment. Many may question, this but he may have a point.
A lot of people are no longer believers of Osweiler after his inconsistent outing with the Houston Texans. What they are forgetting is that he is only 26, which means he can still correct his mistakes, improve his game, and bounce back.
Similar to Osweiler, Kessler brings youth at quarterback for the Browns. Brooks mentioned that in nine games (eight starts) in the 2016 NFL season, he surpassed expectations. The two of them may not be who the doctor ordered for Cleveland, but if given the opportunity, they may stop the bleeding at least for the upcoming season.
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