The Cleveland Browns hired quarterback Josh Rosen while they wait for the NFL's ruling on Deshaun Watson's disciplinary hearing, which involves 30 women alleging sexual assault or misconduct.
Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com wrote last week about the Browns' plans to bring in a backup quarterback and get Jacoby Brissett ready to start in place of Watson, who might serve a protracted ban.
Through Albert Breer of The MMQB on Wednesday, head coach Kevin Stefanski verified the rumoured quarterback strategy.
The backup quarterback for our team is Jacoby Brissett. Jacoby is our starter if Deshaun [Watson] is unable to go," stated Stefanski.
The Browns are "bracing," according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, for Watson to receive an eight-game suspension
In a very different situation, Brissett took over as the starter for an injured Andrew Luck with the Indianapolis Colts in 2017, throwing for 3,098 yards, 13 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.
Following Luck's surprising announcement of his retirement in 2019, he took over the offence once more and threw for 2,942 yards, 18 touchdowns, and six interceptions.
In substitute quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for the Miami Dolphins' five spot starts last season, Brissett threw for 1,283 yards, five touchdowns, and four interceptions.