The Cleveland Browns are 2-5 this season.
Yes, that harsh reality came to fruition after a tough loss to the Ravens this past Sunday in Baltimore, 23-20. The quarterback this season for the Browns has been Jacoby Brissett. Of course, the team is all-in on starter DeShaun Watson after signing him to a five-year 230 million-dollar contract. However, he was suspended for the first 11 games of the season and won’t return until the matchup in Houston against the Texans, his former team, in Week 13 (12/4).
Thus, Brissett has been at the helm for the Browns. In the first seven games, he has gone 146/233 (1,584 yards) for a 62.7 completion percentage, six touchdowns compared to five interceptions and a QBR of 57.7.
Most important is the team’s record and that is, as mentioned, 2-5 on the year.
The Browns do have a third-string quarterback in Joshua Dobbs that has been sitting on the bench the entire season watching this unfold. Many have started to question if he, while Watson continues to serve his 11-game suspension, should get an opportunity to play for the Browns.
At this point, here is why I would turn to Dobbs if I was coach Stefanski:
The 6’3 216-pound quarterback out of Tennessee has six years of experience at 27 years of age. While the classic saying is that the “preseason doesn’t matter,” he did look good in the preseason for the Browns this year.
35/53 for 338 yards and two touchdowns compared to no interceptions. This in three outings.
Unfortunately, the season looks bleak for the Browns. Now, certainly, this team could win against Cincinnati on Monday Night Football, then against Miami and finally beat one of the best teams in the league in Buffalo to get to .500 at 5-5. I hesitate to say the year is “over” just seven games into it but…it doesn’t look good.
What Dobbs could do is serve as an advertisement. If he plays well in the four games before Watson returns, it could help him become of value in a trade this offseason. Additionally, it could reaffirm the security to have him as a backup for the team.
It’s a why not situation at this point with the Browns.
The only other regular-season action Dobbs has seen was with the hated Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018 and 2020 (garbage time). In total, 10/17 for 45 yards.
Play Dobbs as the starter for the Browns. If he sucks, bring back Brissett and the experiment is a failed one just like this season as a whole. At this point, there is really nothing to lose and some to gain.