The Browns lost their 10th game of the season Thursday night, this time 28-7 to the Ravens.
In doing so, coach Hue Jackson sparked some confusion among fans on social media by benching rookie quarterback Cody Kessler in favor of veteran Josh McCown in the second half.
The question, which seems obvious with the team already 0-9 before last night, was why bother wasting snaps on a guy who won’t be around by the time the team might actually be decent?
Jackson told reporters he was looking for a spark, and he expressed little regret afterward even though the move didn’t work.
“You guys can question the decision all you like — I felt good about the decision I made,” Jackson told reporters in Baltimore after the game. “Whether we lost the game, played better on offense (or) didn’t, you’re still gonna ask the same questions because I took him out of the game.”
He’s probably right about the line of questioning because at this point in the season, wins and losses don’t matter nearly as much as developing for the future.
Or at least seeing if Kessler, a third-round pick out of USC last season, is good enough to consider making part of the rebuild in its first year under Jackson.
Sometimes there are lessons to be gained from watching, but the 37-year-old McCown didn’t do his coach any favors by putting up a worse stat line (6 for 13, 59 yards, 2 INTs) than the rookie (11 for 18, 91 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT).