It seems like time is finally running out for starting quarterback Jordan North. Hopes were relatively high (at least not 0-6) from the Cleveland Front Office going into this season. They decided to make the bold move to part ways with perennial starter Ryan Clark, and in turn opt for the young North to take over the starting job, however, through six games the Browns are currently winless and have really been competitive in only one game, on the road to the Giants, which they ultimately still lost.
This week Cleveland announced the free agent acquisition of Doug Kirby, who is a five year veteran of the NFL, and whom is also rumoured to be a distant relative of Owner/Head Coach Kirby.
Coach Kirby had the following to say on the situation:
"We've got a bye week now to try and work this out, and then we come back to two big divisional games. It would be silly to say that Doug will come straight in and start, because as a Quarterback it's just not easy to plug and play. However, don't be surprised if we make that move after the Baltimore game if Jordan fails to impress us. That being said, I've had a quiet word with JN (Jordan North). He knows what is required of him in that game and going forward, and he seems like he is up for the challenge. If he shows us more, then we will have a big decision to make. We are going to give him this opportunity now, to try and win us back over, because the fact is through six games he's really struggled to make any plays worth noting.
No team sets out to go 0-16 before the season starts and right now we are sitting winless through six games. We still have some winnable fixtures coming up and it's our job to execute and get that 0 off our name.
I just want the fans to know, we are determined to right this ship. In hindsight, we may have jumped the gun a bit fast with starting Jordan, and for that we have to take some of the burden. I do however have the utmost confidence in my players, including Jordan, and my fellow staff members, to get things going in the right direction."
North has completed only 53% of his passes so far through six games, however what is even more concerning is that he has thrown 11 interceptions to only 5 touchdowns. These are simply not NFL level numbers and it wouldn't surprise us if Cleveland decides to pass the torch to the more seasoned Kirby in the coming weeks, unless North can show flashes of the talent that he does have in there somewhere.