The Cleveland Browns made it official Wednesday morning that Kevin Hogan will be the starting quarterback this week against the Houston Texans.
Hue Jackson had this to say about the decision:
“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. 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.”
Hogan is now the 28th starting quarterback for the team since 1999, the most for one team in the NFL.
He relieved rookie DeShone Kizer in the second half of the 17-14 loss to the New York Jets this past Sunday. Hogan led the offense down the field for two touchdown drives and made it look effective and put the team in a position to win.
He finished the game 16-19 for 194 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Also added 30 yards rushing on four carries.
As I wrote on Tuesday, Hogan gives the team the best chance to win which I believe is what Hue Jackson is trying to do to save his job with the 1-20 record he’s accumulated during his tenure.
Obviously Hogan isn’t the long term option for Cleveland unless he proves otherwise but the Browns need to start winning games to prove the plan Sashi Brown and Hue Jackson are creating is working.
Sitting Kizer and letting him see the big picture of what it takes to be an NFL quarterback could help him in the long term of his career. He’s only 21 years old and has plenty of time to develop.
Right now, he can’t fully execute the offense and his accuracy and timing with receivers are things he needs to improve upon and hopefully watching Hogan will help with that.
Hogan gets the ball out quicker and seems to have a good chemistry with the receivers and the tight ends. He also has that internal clock to know when to take off and run or throw the ball away.
Not saying that Hogan is going to all of a sudden make the Browns a winner but it gives the Browns a better chance to win now.
He’s going up against a Houston defense that ranks 13th against the pass giving up an average of 221 yards per game. They did lose two key players in JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus with season ending injuries so that could be a good thing for Hogan come Sunday.