Jackson Says Kessler to Remain as Browns Starting QB Despite Benching

Cody Kessler

Browns coach Hue Jackson has no regrets about replacing Cody Kessler with Josh McCown in the third quarter of Thursday’s 28-7 loss to the Ravens, and declared Kessler the starter for the next game against the Steelers, Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer reports. He also insisted he wasn’t playing musical chairs with his QBs, something he vowed Monday not to do.

“I made the switch at quarterback because I felt we needed a spark,” said Hue Jackson. “I didn’t think we were doing some things even in the first half I thought we could do. Nothing against Cody. It’s tough when you’re a young player and you come in, you play a week before and you’ve got to play on a Thursday.”

Despite McCown turning the ball over three times and going three-and-out on his other two possessions, Jackson stressed “I don’t regret it at all.”

The Browns are now in serious jeopardy of becoming the first team since the Lions in 2008 to go 0-16.

Ask what happens now at quarterback, Jackson shot back, “what do you mean what do I do now? Cody’s still the quarterback. I took Cody out of the game because I wanted a spark.

“A young player playing a couple days and all of the sudden it was a little bit different and difficult and so I wanted to try to the veteran and that’s what I did. There’s nothing more to it than that. I’m still going to find out more about Cody Kessler as we move forward. That’s not going to change.”

Cowboys at Browns NFL Week Nine Inactives

Cowboys: QB Tony Romo, SS Barry Church, CB Morris Claiborne, LB Ryan Davis, OT Chaz Green, LB Mark Nzeocha, RB Darius Jackson

Browns: QBs Joe Callahan, QB Kevin Hogan, LB Corey Lemonier, OL Gabe Ikard, OL Jonathan Cooper, WR Jordan Payton, DL Stephen Paea

Jets vs Browns NFL Week Eight Inactives

Jets: QB Christian Hackenberg, CB Buster Skrine, LB Darron Lee, LB Bruce Carter, C Nick Mangold, T Brent Qvale,TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Browns: QBs Cody Kessler and Joe Callahan, WR Corey Coleman, DB Marcus Burley, OL Gabe Ikard and Jonathan Cooper, TE Connor Hamlett

Browns Can’t Stop Green; Fall to Dalton and the Bengals 31-17

Cleveland Browns v Cincinnati Bengals

A.J. Green juggled oranges on a postgame show after a win earlier this season, showing off for the cameras. His latest sleight-of-hand got a touchdown and turned a game.

And maybe the Bengals’ season, too.

Green’s one-handed catch in the middle of an end zone scrum highlighted Cincinnati’s day full of big plays, and the Bengals pulled away to another lopsided victory over their intrastate rival, beating the winless Cleveland Browns 31-17 on Sunday.

Green’s 48-yard touchdown catch on the final play of the first half helped the Bengals (3-4) regain their footing in the injury-depleted AFC North.

“We needed it in a big way,” said Brandon LaFell, who caught a 44-yard touchdown pass.

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Browns vs Bengals NFL Week Seven Inactives

Browns: QB Josh McCown, WR Corey Coleman, CB Joe Haden, DB Marcus Burley, FB Dan Vitale, LB Corey Lemonier, TE Seth DeValve

QB Jeff Driskel, WR Cody Core, CB KeiVarae Russell, CB Chykie Brown, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, OL Christian Westerman, DL DeShawn Williams

Browns at Bengals NFL Week Seven Capsule



STREAKS   4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Hue Jackson: 0-0 Marvin Lewis: 18-8
LAST WEEK L 28-26 at Tennessee L 35-17 at New England
LAST GAME 12/6/15: Bengals 37 at Browns 3. Cincinnati WR A.J. Green has 5 receptions for 128 yards & TD. Bengals RB Jeremy Hill rushes for 98 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/5/15: Bengals 31, Browns 10. Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton passes for 234 yards & 3 TDs. Bengals TE Tyler Eifert has 5 receptions for 53 yards & 3 TDs.
REFEREE Ed Hochuli
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Buerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS:  132 (Cle), 81 (Cin). XM: 384 (Cle), 225 (Cin).


PASSING Cody Kessler (R): 80-122-865-4-1-93.8 Andy Dalton: 147-218-1757 (3L)-6-2-97.2
RUSHING Isaiah Crowell: 83-432-5.2-3 Jeremy Hill: 75-271-3.6-3
RECEIVING Terrelle Pryor: 33-413-12.5-3 A.J. Green: 42 (1L)-606 (3L)-14.4-2
OFFENSE 348.0 364.8
DEFENSE 403.3 355.0
SACKS Cam Johnson: 2 Carlos Dunlap: 4
INTs Jamar Taylor, Joe Haden: 2 4 tied: 1
PUNTING Britton Colquitt: 47.5 Kevin Huber: 44.2
KICKING Cody Parkey: 27 (6/6 PAT; 7/10 FG) Mike Nugent: 49 (10/10 PAT; 13/15 FG)


BROWNS: Rookie QB CODY KESSLER had career-high 336 yards & 2 TDs (105.3 rating) last week…In past 3 vs. division, RB ISAIAH CROWELL has 265 scrimmage yards (88.3 per game) & rush TD. Has 6 rush TDs in past 10. RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. had TD catch in last game at Cin. Has 85 catches since 2015, 4th most by NFL RB…T JOE THOMAS is only OL in NFL history to be selected to Pro Bowl in each of 1st 9 seasons. Has started all 150 games in career…WR TERRELLE PRYOR had career-high 2 rec. TDs last week. Is only player in NFL with rush TD, rec. TD & 5+ pass att. in 2016. In past 3 on road, has 283 scrimmage yards (94.3 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rec., 1 rush)…DT DANNY SHELTON had 1st career sack last week. In past 2 at Cin., CB JOE HADEN has 2 INTs (incl. 29-yard INT-TD) & FR. Since 2010, CBs Haden (95) & TRAMON WILLIAMS (93) are top 2 in NFL in PD…BENGALS: QB ANDY DALTON aims for 4th win in row vs. Cle. In past 2 meetings, has 5 TDs, 0 INTs & 142.8 rating…RB JEREMY HILL has 10 rush TDs in past 14 (incl. playoffs). Since 2014, has 23 rush TDs, tied for most in NFL. Has rushed for 298 yards (99.3 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3 meetings. RB GIOVANI BERNARD has 172 scrimmage yards (86 per game) in past 2 at home vs. Cle…WR A.J. GREEN had 5 catches for 128 yards & TD in last meeting. In past 8 vs. division (incl. playoffs), has 47 catches for 801 yards (100.1 per game) & 7 TDs. Has 6 TDs in past 6 at home (incl. playoffs). TE TYLER EIFERT had career-high 3 TDs in last meeting. WR BRANDON LA FELL has 3 TDs in past 2. DT GENO ATKINS has 42.5 sacks since 2011, most by NFL DT. DE CARLOS DUNLAP has 4 sacks in past 3 vs. Cle. Has 11 sacks in past 11 at home. Has 17.5 sacks in past 22. CB ADAM JONES is only active player in NFL with 2+ INT-TDs (2) & 5+ PR-TDs (5) in career.

Browns Fall to 0-6; Fall Short in Nashville to the Titans 28-26

Cleveland Browns v Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns, and the Titans held on to beat the Browns 28-26 Sunday for their second straight victory — the first time they’ve won consecutive games since the end of the 2013 season.

The Titans (3-3) matched their win total for all of last season when they went 3-13 and wound up with the No. 1 draft pick overall. They also beat a team other than Jacksonville on their own field for the first time since the 2013 season finale and improved to 3-16 in Nashville.

Cleveland (0-6) now is mired in its worst start since 1999 when the Browns lost their first seven as an expansion franchise.

Not that the Titans care after losing to the Browns each of the past two seasons, especially with the Browns nearly pulling off another thrilling comeback. They made NFL history here in 2014 rallying from 25 points down to win.

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Browns at Titans NFL Week Six Inactives

Browns: QB Josh McCown, WR Corey Coleman, CB Joe Haden, FB Dan Vitale, TE Randall Telfer, TE Seth DeValve, DL Xavier Cooper

Titans: NT Al Woods, CB Cody Riggs, WR Harry Douglas, S Curtis Riley, LB Aaron Wallace, TE Jace Amaro, G Sebastian Tretola