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Broulis Beat Report: Browns fall to 0-5 after 17-14 loss to Jets By Nick Broulis

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Broulis Beat Report: Takeways from Browns 17-14 loss to Jets By Nick Broulis

CANTON, Ohio- Another QB controversy in Cleveland after a 17-14 loss to the Jets. For once, I’m not going to start off a Browns article down grading their WR core. Why? Because for once, the group of wide receivers caught passes from both DeShone Kizer……….AND Kevin Hogan. Yes, you read correctly, Kevin Hogan. During the preseason, Coach Hue Jackson gave Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler chances to win the starting job over rookie DeShone Kizer. Neither played well enough to help Jackson make the decision easier. Then, Kevin Hogan came in, late, in the final few preseason games and looked good. A lot of people, myself included, just figured he only looked that good because those players that Hogan was playing against are currently either not in the NFL or are only being used on other teams practice squads. In the lop-sided loss to Cincinnati a few weeks ago, dropped passes and horrible defensive play on Cleveland’s part didn’t help Kizer. Next, Hogan comes in late in the fourth quarter and helps put 7 on the board. Again, it’s late and, at this point, no one cares. Yesterday, Kizer looked good in between the 20’s. In other words, everywhere on the field except the red zone. Once Kizer was in the red zone, he looked confused and that resulted in no points in the first half. Zane Gonzalez didn’t help matters with two missed field goals. Unfortunately for Cleveland, the pickings for a quality field goal are slim right now, and the guy that they cut for Gonzalez (Cody Parkey), is doing well down in Miami. Don’t get too upset over that, he was given plenty of chances last year with Cleveland to prove himself, yet he too struggled. I don’t blame Cleveland for cutting him. Once the second half began, coach Jackson benched Kizer for Hogan. The offense looked better. It was pretty clear after a few plays, that Hogan simply reads defenses better and faster than Kizer. Hogan also has mobility and has been in Hue Jacksons’ system for two seasons now. I wrote off Hogan before the preseason even started, but it’s clear, for now, that Hogan knows the plays better, more of the playbook and is smart when it comes to reading defenses and will get rid of the ball faster. This isn’t to say that Kizer will never be able to not do all of this, but, Kevin Hogan seems to be the guy the Browns were looking for that they could insert under center and let Kizer have time to learn while sitting down. Hogan isn’t that QB that’s been in the NFL for five years or more, but again, the game seems slower in Hogan’s eyes and mind and that makes a world of difference on the field. So, if you’re Hue Jackson, there is no question now. You name Hogan the starter, and now this gives the Browns a chance to take pressure off Kizer and let him learn from the bench, like I was originally hoping Osweiler would have done, or at least Kessler. Hogan isn’t a QB that’s going to win you 10 games or more in a season and he doesn’t have a big strong arm like what Jackson wants, but he appears to be able to get the job done. And, with more reps with the first team, I think Hogan could improve even more. QB Kevin Hogan came in and went 16-19 for 194 yards and 2 TD’s.   Is it just me, or do the Browns need to bench yet another starter? If you guessed Isaiah Crowell, you guessed right. I’ve seen enough of Crowell to know that he’s not good enough to be a starting RB in the NFL. So, who takes his place? Here comes “The Duke”. Duke Johnson looks much more comfortable running the back and catching the ball out of the backfield. Johnson is the Browns best offensive weapon, and he’s been very productive and consistent since Cleveland drafted him. Jackson needs to send a stern message to Crowell that hes not playing at a high enough level to remain the starter. Same goes for Kenny Britt. Cleveland really needs to go with Duke Johnson and Matt Dayes in the backfield. Johnson is a bigger body, while Dayes is smaller but has a lot of speed and is a good change of pace back. Kevin Hogan came in and made the entire offense look better. The wide receivers looked better as well. From Ricardo Louis to Bryce Treggs, who was just brought in from Philadelphia. Even Kasen Williams looked good. The defense was good, but not great. Myles Garrett finally got on the field and his first play was a sack of former Browns QB Josh McCown. Garrett recorded two sacks in his first game as a pro. I thought the Browns defensive line played a good game, but the secondary had its problems at times. Cleveland won the battle of stats against the Jets, but New York did just enough to escape FirstEnergy Stadium with a 3-point win. Josh McCown didn’t win one home game while playing for the Browns in two seasons, yet yesterday he came to Cleveland as the Jets QB, won here and for the first time in his career, McCown has now won three straight games. With a loss, Cleveland now falls to 0-5 and the road now becomes much tougher. Cleveland travels to Houston next Sunday and the Texans won’t be in a happy mood after losing 42-34 to Kansas City. The Browns will catch a small break. Houston will be without JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus. Both are out for the season. Watt has a leg injury and Mercilus tore his pectoral muscle. After that, Cleveland will host the Titans and then that dreaded trip to London to play the Vikings. Email: Facebook: The Broulis Beat Report

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