While the Cleveland Browns fly back home and lick their wounds, and the fanbase figures out who they are most upset with over the loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the NFL season moves on.
The NFL trade deadline is the next stop for the league as a whole. While there may be rumors swirling Monday and Tuesday, it could be a quiet deadline.
For the Browns, after the deadline, the Arizona Cardinals are up next on the schedule. A team that was expected to tank, after QB Kyler Murray’s injury last year and trading out of the #3 overall pick this year, the Cardinals have been a scrappy bunch with QB Josh Dobbs at the helm.
Dobbs was acquired by Arizona in a trade with Cleveland just before the season started. The long-time practice squad quarterback got a chance to play in important games for the Tennessee Titans at the end of 2022 before re-sing with the Browns later in free agency.
The Cardinals are 1-7 entering the Week 9 game in Cleveland with Dobbs completing 62% of his passes for just over 1,500 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions.
Murray’s return from injury led to the expectation that he, not Dobbs, would start against the Browns. That was quickly refuted after Arizona’s loss in Week 8:
Cardinals’ HC Jonathan Gannon told reporters that QB Josh Dobbs will start next Sunday at Cleveland. Kyler Murray’s return will wait at least another week.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 30, 2023
Gannon has changed his mind and it will not be Dobbs this week against the Browns and Murray could start:
Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon said if Kyler Murray doesn’t start Sunday in Cleveland, then it’ll be Clayton Tune.— Josh Weinfuss (@joshweinfuss) October 30, 2023
Joshua Dobbs will not start against the Browns.
It looks like it will be Tune:
Barring a significant change of plans, #AZCardinals rookie Clayton Tune is expected to start this week, sources say. Kyler Murray may still play, but next week is more likely as of now.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 30, 2023
Given the Cardinals record and building for the future, making sure the highly-paid Murray is completely healthy before putting him on the field makes the most sense and seeing what they have in Tune for one week.
The change won’t give Browns fans a chance to argue whether GM Andrew Berry should have traded away Dobbs for a fifth-round selection despite rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson outplaying him in preseason.
A battle of 5th-round picks or the return of Murray are just two of the QB options this week
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