Browns Bench Kizer, Continue Factory Of Sadness


Though the Pittsburgh Steelers won’t be playing the Cleveland Browns for quite some time, it’s possible they won’t meet DeShone Kizer again this year.

Head coach Hue Jackson announced Kizer has been benched for this weekend’s tilt against the Houston Texans. Kevin Hogan, who has come in for Kizer tree times, including last week, will start.

“I’ve made the decision to start Kevin this week,” Jackson said, via CBS Cleveland.“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.”

Jackson attempted to stress their optimism surrounding Kizer hasn’t changed but actions always speak louder than words. So does the tape. And the numbers don’t look pretty for the rookie. Through five weeks, Kizer has barely complete more than 50% of his passes and thrown a league-high nine interceptions. Four of those have come in the red zone, leading the league.

Things have gotten progressively worse for him after a narrow loss to the Steelers in Week One. Since, he’s had a pair of three interception games, thrown only two scores, and hasn’t completed half his passes in any other game. In last week’s loss to the New York Jets, he went 8/17 for 87 yards and a pick.


Comparatively, Hogan has been downright sterling. He’s near a 70% completion clip and thrown three touchdowns to just two picks.

Pittsburgh will take on the Browns in Week 17, their usual second meeting place. It’s been common for Pittsburgh to face a new face the second time around. A list of those quarterbacks from recent memory.

Robert Griffin III
Austin Davis
Jason Campbell
Thad Lewis
Seneca Wallace

Yuck, yuck, yuck. Come the season finale, who knows who the Steelers will be facing.

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  • Talyn Scarbrough

    I still think kizer is going to be the best qb from this draft class. Mahomes, and Watson as close seconds. I never saw what everyone else did out of trubisky.

  • WeWantDaTruth

    Personally, I could care less about the woes of other teams right now. The Steelers have been embarrassing thus far.

  • JohnB

    I always thought the closest they’ve come recently was Pettine/Hoyer. But they always muck things up somehow.

  • SteelersGeek4Lyfe

    I thought the Browns would be better than this.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I’m not sure how anyone could say at this moment, that any of the QB’s out of the class, are gonna be better than Watson. Who, was my favorite of all of the QB’s in this class.

  • Talyn Scarbrough

    It’s not based on performance at this point for me. It’s a feeling, I won’t base on performance until year 3. Rookie and sophomore years are outliers to me.

    Yes, performance based it’s Watson all day. That sophomore slump is real though.

  • WilliamSekinger

    The Browns are still…2 years away!

    ***For those of you that don’t get that, some Brownie fan friends of mine have been saying that same line for well over a decade now***

    Edit: It used to be 2 years away from a championship, but I think it has devolved into 2 years away from being competitive. Ouch!

  • Darth Blount 47

    I gotcha. I like gut feelings, and I like Kizer. He’s the one QB out of the class that I’ve met in person. Great kid. I’ve been saying that I really like his long term potential because he’s a really fast learner. And I like his physical attributes. It’s his emotional side that he’ll have to manage.

    But Watson could be special. And he landed in a good place. Unlike…. Cleveland. Lol.

  • PaeperCup

    I would say Mahomes, but Alex Smith is playing the best ball of his career. Cheifs may have some trade bait.

  • PaeperCup

    …..what if the Steelers…….

  • Alan Tman

    And this my friends, is why they are the Cleveland Browns. They do everything backwards.

  • Steve

    Right on with Maholmes, he’s definitely got the best arm and a Good coach.

  • Steve

    Thats hilarious – Thanks for the laugh.

  • Steve

    Should be called the Charlie Browns.

  • DAWAARE

    kizer> ben

  • Iulo

    same here….
    poor guy, I believe he is ok and has future in the NFL but somehow CLE wants another 1st pick next year!

  • blue

    The Clowns are jokes. Pass Up D Watson in the draft to take M Garrett. Puzzling how all the draft experts make players fall and the teams never get it right. Steelers need to take L Jackson after he drops in next years draft.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    LOL!! You gotta love the Browns.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    I was for getting Mahomes or nothing. Still waiting for someone to explain why we used a mid-round pick to take a QB that will never be BBs replacement.
    Especially after extending LJones.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Dude ITS THE BROWNS, doing the Brown thang!!

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    The toughest job in all of sport – being a Browns fan!! My heart actually goes out to those people.

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    No thanks

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    Not as long as he plays for the Browns

  • Zarbor

    Lamar Jackson?…..Naah Braah. We don’t need another receiver. Sure hope you ain’t thinking about him as QB….. Especially after calling the Browns, clowns and a joke.

  • Zarbor

    Once again we may have an opportunity here for a legitimate backup to potential starter. Currently, we have none. I remember when Kirk Cousin was sitting behind RG3 who was all the rave at the time. We should have made a move to go get him. Nope. He then got the start over RG3 a year later and was a turnover machine. I stated, lets go get him. Washington doesn’t want him. Nope. Kirk is now bonafide starter and would have been great right now for us.

    I’m saying it again. Try to get Kizer from the Browns. If this kid Hogan is whom they believe in come end of the season, I would consider trading a pick and our awful rookie QB from TN for Kizer. Like you, the kid at worse will be a serviceable backup. I do believe he can be more and a starter but that’s not a perfect science but worth the risk. Especially since we have no shot at the top QBs coming out next years draft.

  • AndyR34

    The FO all but said it was to test their ability to evaluate and grade QB’s. They weren’t doing it to replace Ben.

  • AndyR34

    I could/would applaude that.

  • AndyR34

    Do not be so smug…I remember back when the Steelers were what the Browns are today. The Chief was beloved, but inept. Things didn’t change until Dan took over. Now Dan is gone and the jury is still out on AR2, IMHO.

  • AndyR34

    Maybe blue has no clue?

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    That seems kinda silly. In essence, they said they were PRACTICING drafting QBs? 😐

  • Darth Blount 47

    It was the biggest blunder of the draft. Even more so than drafting a long snapper and then cutting him.

    Internally, it may take me a few years to get over the anger I have for that decision. We need so much immediate help to make a run for a title, that picking Dobbs is and will look more foolish by the game.

  • AndyR34

    And to think that we could have Kittle [18 catches for 166 yds…9.8 yds./R…and 1 TD] in Dobbs’ place and not needed to trade for McDonald [0,0,0]

  • blue

    You’ll see it’s the new NFL.

  • Woodsworld

    Agreed….there’s nothing about Kiser that couldn’t be managed, and developed by the Steelers.

  • John

    Cleveland has already put Kizer behind the 8 ball by playing him before they should have. It will be tough for him going forward.

  • Alan Tman

    Yes Dad.

  • AndyR34

    M-m-m…maybe Granddad! LOL

  • Alan Tman

    How about brother? I’m 54.

  • AndyR34

    I’m 69, but I do have a brother the same age as you…and his name is Alan. We can be Steeler brothers!

  • Alan Tman

    Andy and Alan. Sounds like a podcast. Lol