CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Browns wrap up the preseason on Saturday night when they host the Chicago Bears. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm ET.
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The Browns are 1-1 in the preseason after losing to the Eagles, 21-20, a week ago. Saturday will also be the preseason debut for Jacoby Brissett, who will start the first 11 games of the season while Deshaun Watson is suspended.
Who: Chicago Bears at the Cleveland Browns.
When: Saturday, August 27, 2022.
Weather: 7 p.m. Eastern time.
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland (67,859).
TV: News 5 WEWS (Cleveland local market).
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Read some of what cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot wrote about Brissett having the right behavior to help the Browns get through the first 11 games of the season without Deshaun Watson.
Jacoby Brissett has no idea why all of his new Browns teammates describe him as funny, but he has a theory.
“No one has ever come up to me and asked me to tell a joke,” Brissett said. “I really just think because I’m older than them (29) and I just say things and I’m actually serious and they think I’m kidding that they think maybe it’s funny.”
Left guard Joel Bitonio, who is up there in football years with Brissett at 30, thinks his quarterback might be up to something.
“On the trip to the Bahamas (in the spring organized by Deshaun Watson), he was definitely one of the biggest along with me,” Bitonio said. “He was just like, not even a father figure, but like an older man, sometimes what he said was common sense, but a lot of the young people took it like, ‘Oh, is he kidding us right now? ‘
“But he’s just a funny guy. He’s a bit sarcastic at times, but he’s a good guy and I think the locker room really leans towards him and he relates well to a lot of the players.”
Brissett, who will start the first 11 games of the season while Watson is serving his suspension, has the right demeanor and sense of humor to guide the Browns through the choppy waters of the Watson situation.
Take Bitonium, for example. The three-time winner of the Browns’ Dino Lucarelli Good Guy Award, Bitonio received major criticism on social media 10 days ago when he noted that it’s “Cleveland against the world” even more now than ever in the wake of the Watson acquisition, and that they should expect frequent boos. If Bitonium is in the eye of the storm, no one on the team is immune.
But Brissett, easygoing and inadvertently funny, has just the right personality to calm the waters and keep the Browns on point through the first two-thirds of the season.
“(He’s) a little sarcastic like me, so I certainly appreciate it, but he’s been amazing, he’s been great,” quarterbacks coach Drew Petzing said. “He’s the same person every day, whether it’s on the field, in the meeting room, even outside the building. He is calm, focused, confident. The guys have a lot of faith in him, he’s a lot of fun to be around, so it’s been a lot of fun working with him.”
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