Hue Jackson says he will finalize QB plan ‘by my fifth Mai Tai’
The Cleveland Browns close out the final phase of the team’s offseason program with Thursday’s session of mandatory veteran minicamp. And from the sounds of it, while much work remains before training camp, Browns head coach Hue Jackson is looking forward to a little downtime and serious contemplation.
The Browns, as has been the case for well over a decade, face uncertainty at the quarterback position. The team currently has Brock Osweiler, Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan and rookie DeShone Kizer taking their respective snaps during offseason activities. But there’s been no solid indication what the team’s plans are for the critical position heading into training camp.
While there has been whispers that Brock Osweiler is the front-runner to be atop the depth chart come late July when camp opens, the Browns are playing everything close to the vest.
This week alone saw a shakeup at the rotation of quarterbacks, with Kessler going first, Osweiler second, Kizer third and Hogan fourth. But then on Tuesday, Kizer was running the offense alongside first-teamers.
When asked when he’ll settle on a depth chart for training camp, Jackson couldn’t help but joke about making said decision while enjoying an adult beverage or two, saying it will be done “hopefully, by my fifth Mai Tai somewhere.”
Kidding aside — or perhaps not — Jackson expanded upon the decision-making process.
“No, I will think about this. I will try to get away and really think through all of those things,” Jackson said, via Cleveland.com. “That will happen over the next several weeks because I will start scripting for training camp and putting all of that together. We will have an idea heading into it what that rotation is.”
Jackson also stated he thinks it is “important” for the Browns to designate a starting quarterback ahead of the team’s first preseason game.
“There’s a timetable, I guess, with everything, but I’m not going to rush,” Jackson said. “… Let’s take all of the information in.”
And what better way to process all that information than doing so while sipping on a few Mai Tais, right?