For the first time this season, the Cleveland Browns enter a game week planning the start the same quarterback as the week before.
Cody Kessler is expected to start against the Redskins Sunday at Washington.
“There’s no question,” head coach Hue Jackson said.
Kessler completed 21 of 33 passes for 244 yards in his NFL debut, which even Jackson admitted did not get off to a good start on the opening series. But he liked how Kessler recovered and helped the Browns force overtime in a game mnay expected them to be blown out in.
“Obviously he had jitters,” Jackson said. “Then he calmed down, he made some plays. He stood in there and played tough with poise.”
Parkey Plans – While the reality is that if Cody Parkey made of of his 3 missed field goals Sunday, the Browns would be enjoying victory Monday, head coach Hue Jackson refuses to blame the kicker for the loss.
To that end, Jackson said Monday that the team has no plans at this time to replace Parkey, who made 3 of 6 field goal attempts but missed the would-be game-winner as time expired in regulation from 48 yards away. Parkey hit from 46, 48 and 38 while missing from 41, 42 and 48 wide left.
Jackson said that Parkey was in a difficult situation because he rushed to get to Cleveland Friday night, signed and met coaches Saturday and his first work with the special teams unit didn’t come until pregame Sunday morning.
Jackson was equally irritated with a report that came out after the game from the Miami Herald that special teams coordinator Chris Tabor preferred Robbie Gould, who he coached in Chicago, to Parkey but the front office opted for the cheaper option.
“That’s so far from the truth,” Jackson said. “If there’s anything that comes out of this building, it should come from me.”
No Tanking Here – If there were questions about the Browns tanking this season, they should’ve been answered Sunday in Miami.
“I do want everyone to know we’re not tanking the season otherwise we wouldn’t be trying as hard as we are,” Jackson said. “I don’t want the first pick.”
Although the Browns suffered their third straight loss, Jackson is encouraged by what he’s seen from his team through the first 3 weeks despite the mountain of injuries.
“I’m more determined than I am discouraged,” Jackson said. “I get we’ll be judged by wins and losses, that’s the way it should be… but our guys fought hard.”
Injury Report – Cornerback Tramon Williams sustained a sprained AC joint but is day to day while linebacker Nate Orchard “will miss some time” after sustaining a high ankle sprain on the game’s final play Jackson said.