“Today is Tuesday. Not today.”

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson has to make a decision soon about his starting quarterback for the regular season. The decision did not come during his conference call with the media Tuesday afternoon.

“There were some things that we did better,” Jackson said. “There were some things we have to continue to work on and work through. I saw some growth in some areas of our quarterbacks. Like I said before, it is never as bad as you think and never as good as you think until you go watch the tape. I had a chance to do that and saw some things that are very correctable but also saw some good things as well.”

The third preseason game is Saturday in Tampa Bay against the Buccaneers. The Browns playing on Monday night and the players have Tuesday off. As a result the Browns have just two days to prepare for the dress rehearsal for the regular season. A decision has to be made between Brock Osweiler, Cody Kessler and DeShone Kizer.

None of the quarterbacks really shined against the New York Giants on Monday night. Osweiler made the start. His lone highlight, or low light depending on your train of thought is the deflected pass that resulted in an interception. To his defense, he has spent very little time with a healthy first team offense.

“No, I don’t think it is an excuse, but I also don’t think it has hurt him either,” Jackson said. “I think he has represented himself well. He has done some good things and worked hard and done a great job in this building. There is no question he is in the discussion here.”

“The one thing I would say is in comparison to all of the other quarterbacks in the room, I have a lot more tape out there,” Osweiler said. “I have played in games. I have five years and then obviously this preseason of tape so that combined with practice and things that we do in the meeting room. There is always a method to the madness.”

Kizer got the offense into the end zone for the only touchdown on Monday night. The rookie also made some rookie mistakes. Holding onto the football to long and some miss reads is proof that he might not be ready to start on September 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“Coach Jackson continues to put this whole team in good situations when we are out there to score points,” Kizer said. “Obviously, we know the level of competition as the game goes on is going to continue to drop. We take pride in our locker room to go out there and dominant no matter who is out there, whether it is a preseason game, a scrimmage or a rep in practice. We are going to go out there and try to win. I am really proud of the situation we have been in towards the fourth quarter where we are holding onto leads rather than trying to come back at the last second. That is what it is going to take for us to be a winning football team in the regular season.”

“Obviously, he is a young man who is very talented,” Jackson said. “He knows how to play the game and he has a great feel for the game. Those things will serve him well as he gets older. What we try to do here is create the right environment for him to learn a process that is going to help him be the best quarterback that he can be. We do that with all of our quarterbacks, whether they are older, young, first year, second year, fifth year it doesn’t matter. Do I think youth can be an issue? Yes, if you allow it to be an issue.”

Kessler entered camp as the number one quarterback. He was the third quarterback to enter Monday’s preseason game. The chances he wins the starting job is a getting slimmer and slimmer as the days go on.

Does coach Jackson have his mind already made up? Is he just waiting to make the decision official?

“I think I feel pretty good about where I am. I have been feeling pretty good about what I feel and what I think for a little while now. You have to let things, as I have always said, play out. Today, I wanted to finish the things I wanted to watch, have the conversations I wanted to have with others and just kind of move from there.”

Scott Piker is the lead staff writer for the Cleveland Browns in addition to the Ohio State Buckeyes at Endzone Score. So follow him on Twitter @ScottPikerSport.

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Scott Piker
End Zone Score Cleveland Browns Staff Writer

Scott Piker has spent nearly two decades in the Cleveland media covering news and sports with experience in radio, television, print and digital media. He has covered everything from high school, college, Indians, Browns, Cavaliers, Buckeyes and local colleges. Scott spent five years as the sports producer at WEWS NewsChannel 5, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland and also has his sports work featured on examiner.com, neosportsinsiders.com and about.com. Scott has also received an Emmy award in television news. Scott also works as a photographer and editor for WJW Fox-8 in Cleveland. Scott was born and raised and still resides in his hometown of Madison, Ohio.

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