DeShone Kizer will return as the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, the team announced Wednesday.
Kizer, a rookie second-round pick, started the first five games of the season before being replaced for one game by Kevin Hogan. The results were not good, as the Browns fell to 0-6 and Hogan threw for 140 yards with three interceptions during a 33-17 loss in Houston.
The premise of your article is silly, @forargument tweeted on Oct. 3 at the Journal after an article about disagreement among league owners over handling of the anthem protests. What board of directors in this country would all agree on this issue?
A thousand thoughts swirled through his mind. He thought about the barbecue, and how protective he’d become of Teddy, on and off the field. He thought about Bridgewater’s mom. It sounds crazy, but he did. His mom. Boone looked at the helmets popping off heads and spinning into the air, and he heard someone yelling to call 911, and he thought about how nobody ever calls 911 for an injury at an NFL practice, and then he looked down at Bridgewater’s left leg and thought, Who’s going to tell his mom?
Boone saw that the human scattering served a practical purpose: It cleared a path for the trainers and first responders, the people who could do more than scream and swear and think about Bridgewater’s mom. They went to work the way they’re supposed to: quickly and with expertise. The buzz up the spine, the helplessness, dissipated some. When a knee dislocates and the ligaments tear free of the bones, leaving the fibula and tibia to their own devices, the next concern is nerve damage that might lead to amputation. In the coming days, after Bridgewater undergoes extensive surgery, the Vikings’ trainers and the local first responders will be credited for saving his leg.
The Vikings walked quietly to the locker room and gathered as a team to say a prayer.
YO, GET THIS: Jane Skinner Goodell, the wife of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, has been fighting Twitter battles for her husband under the alias @forargument and the name Jones smith, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Jane Goodell hosted a daytime show on Fox News until 2010, when she left to spend more time with her family.
That said, the cookie decoration station was a big hit, and it bought the adults a long stretch of time where the kids are stationary and mostly quiet. This was a REVELATION. Ever since my wife gave birth twice in 19 months, I haven’t spoken to another adult at a kid’s birthday party for longer than 45 seconds.
The Chargers are a team that has building blocks for the future. They have some elite talent already. And they are not necessarily one of the worst teams in the league, but the AFC West is the strongest division in football and they are by far the worst team in it. Perhaps with a strong offseason, they can crawl out of the cellar and maybe even challenge for a Wild Card spot next year, but for now, they are already out of contention.
And the rest …
Silver and Black Pride just wants the Oakland Raiders to stay out of the cellar:
The Chargers are very capable of coming to Oakland and getting the win, and if they do, it would drop the Raiders to 2-4 and to the bottom of the division officially.
Derek Carr is expected back this week from his back injury. That’s good news for the Raiders, but Carr wasn’t playing well even before he left, so his return is no guarantee the Raiders will suddenly be dominant again.
DeShone Kizer has undeniable talent, but some inconsistencies in his college game suggested he shouldn’t be a day one starter in the NFL. The Browns rejected that idea, and Kizer earned the starting job in Cleveland. Head coach Hue Jackson benched Kizer in favor of Kevin Hogan at halftime in Week 5, and Hogan will take over the starting role this week, Jackson said Wednesday.
This isn’t a What We Learned from this week, because the Cowboys were off, but I have spoken with people close to the situation about what the Cowboys would do at running back if they had to play without Ezekiel Elliott for a long period of time. And with Elliott apparently re-suspended for the next six games, it’s worth mentioning.
People were surprised that Dallas went with Alfred Morris and not Darren McFadden as the backup to Elliott out of the gate in Week 1. Part of that was because Morris had an especially strong camp, but according to the coaches with whom I’ve spoken, the main reason was game plan-driven. They’d installed a game plan thinking they’d have Elliott, and that game plan is designed for one back to get the bulk of the carries. They believed Morris was better equipped to operate that game plan if something were to happen to Elliott during the game, so he was active and McFadden was not.
They do like McFadden better than Morris in some areas, however, including the passing game. So if they know they’re going to be without Elliott, expect a change in the way the Cowboys’ offensive coaches make a game plan and a lean toward a system in which Morris and McFadden (and maybe Rod Smith) split duties and carries in some way. That’s what I’ve been told to expect by folks in the know there, which is unfortunate for fantasy players who might have been hoping that Morris or McFadden would simply slide into Elliott’s spot and get his workload. Sorry to be the bearer of bad fantasy tidings.
This Packers line, though, is as injury-riddled as any five-man unit in the league. It already was rebuilding after cutting Sitton last offseason and losing Lang to the Lions in free agency this spring, but nothing has gone right for James Campen’s unit this season.
The tackles were supposed to be the strength of the team, but Bulaga already has missed games with a recurring ankle injury and an illness before leaving Sunday’s loss with a concussion. Bakhtiari, meanwhile, suffered a hamstring injury in the opener and missed the ensuing four games before returning this week, only to aggravate the hamstring ailment and leave again.
Matthew Stafford is excellent, but he’s also seriously banged up and on a Lions (16.8 percent) team in which the defense seems almost entirely dependent upon forcing takeaways, which it probably won’t do at a similar rate over the remainder of the season.
Kizer was considered a raw prospect coming out of college, and he’s lived up to that billing. Hue Jackson has a respectable track record of developing quarterbacks, but Kizer looks like he needs more time. Jackson isn’t giving him much latitude for his performance, despite a lack of talent around Kizer and his inexperience.
Kizer is developing, but his job is still to win, Jackson said after the loss. That is first and foremost. I didn’t think it was going in the right direction. That is why I made the decision to take him out. If that was the case and it was just about development, I would have just left him in.
It is not about that. It is about winning.
Myles Garrett is a bright spot the team can build around. Cleveland had three sacks on McCown, and Garrett had two of them.