Hue Jackson: Baker is the future but Tyrod’s job is to win now

Browns head coach tells Bull & Fox experience matters to him this year

Daryl Ruiter
August 02, 2018 - 8:31 pm
Browns head coach Hue Jackson speaks with Bull and Fox on Aug. 2, 2018 on 92.3 The Fan.

Daryl Ruiter-92.3 The Fan


Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – No matter how many times Hue Jackson is asked, there’s no question who he wants to start Sept. 9 against Pittsburgh.

But as the days of training camp go on and Baker Mayfield gets more snaps, the questions about why not start the rookie continue to be asked.

Thursday afternoon in an interview with Bull and Fox on 92.3 The Fan, Jackson stood firm in explaining why he is going with Tyrod Taylor over the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.

“The better for the team long term is going to be Baker, no question. That’s why we drafted him,” Jackson said. “We brought Tyrod Taylor here for a reason too – to become our starting quarterback in 2018 and start to lead this team to victories, and that is what I expect that he’s going to do.”

With veteran Drew Stanton getting the day off, Mayfield took additional reps and got an extended look working with the No. 2 offense Thursday and the rookie looks more comfortable with each practice.

“Baker, his time is going to come. I think we all see the talent on the field,” Jackson said. “We see the talent in Tyrod. We see the talent in Drew Stanton. It is a great problem to have. It’s a problem that I don’t think this organization has had in a while which is a good thing.”

The Browns acquired Taylor from Buffalo for a third round pick  – No. 65 in the draft last March and shortly after Jackson declared him the starter.

After having to start rookies the last two years which contributed to a 1-31 record, Jackson is going with experience in his third season.

“You have a veteran player who has played for seven years, who has led a team to the playoffs, who understands the league, knows how to play, doesn’t turn the ball over, is a tremendous leader, worker, and understands where this organization is and you have a very young talented player who you drafted first overall who’s got to learn about the National Football League,” Jackson said.

“There’s no question about [Mayfield’s] talent, his work ethic but he’ll tell you there’s still some things he’s still gotta learn how to do to play this game.

“The intent and what we’re going to do is we’re going to play Tyrod Taylor.”