DeShone Kizer played 'lights out' against Bengals and Hue Jacks

  • DeShone Kizer didn't have the numbers to prove it,adidas Duncan Keith jersey, but coach Hue Jackson believes he had arguably his best game of the season in Sunday's 31-7 loss to the Bengals.

    "He played as well as he's played all year,adidas Jonathan Toews jersey, he played lights out. He didn't take sacks. He threw the ball away. He didn't have turnovers. So that's improvement. I want everybody to know regardless of what the numbers are for him,Authentic Marian Hossa jersey,'' said Jackson. "With the exception of missing a couple of re-IDs and protection,Authentic Patrick Kane jersey, the guy played extremely well.''

    Kizer completed 16-of-34 attempts for 118 yards with no touchdowns and one interception for a 43.5 rating. But the pick went off the hands of Kenny Britt -- for the second straight week -- this time in the red zone. Kizer also had at least four more passes dropped this week after seven or eight last week.

    "We have to support him every way that we can offensively,adidas Ryan Hartman jersey, defensively and special teams to help this young man get a win under his belt because I think he's doing some good things,'' said Jackson. "No one would know that just because we're 0-4 and at the end of the day he does understand his job is to win football games and to help this team win and yesterday he did all that he could in the time that he played.

    "We've got to continue to get better around him. We've got to continue to coach better around him. And I think that's what we're going to try to do as we head into the second quarter of this season."adidas Patrick Kane jersey

    Likewise, Jackson isn't worried about the rookie's confidence being shattered by all the losing and his plummeting stats. He's 0-4 as a starter and is 32nd in the NFL with a 50.9 rating -- almost 15 points below second-worst Joe Flacco at 65.0. He's also last in the NFL with a 51.4 completion percentage, a figure that's been hurt tremendously by all the drops.Authentic Corey Crawford jersey

    "No, he's a quarterback in the National Football League,'' said Jackson. "There are guys that have walked in this league and hadn't won for a while yet and then eventually got to winning as the season went on. So I have total confidence in DeShone.Authentic Jonathan Toews jersey,

    "It's keeping his confidence up,Authentic Duncan Keith jersey,it's keeping him seeing the right things and not all the sudden seeing the rush or flinching. I see none of that in him. He has truly,adidas Corey Crawford jersey,it's keeping him moving forward,Authentic Ryan Hartman jersey, truly gotten better over the last four weeks."

    Kizer,Authentic Artemi Panarin jersey, who started only two seasons at Notre Dame and is the youngest QB in the NFL,adidas Artemi Panarin jersey, insists he up for putting the struggling Browns on his back and trying to carry them.

    "Absolutely. That's my job,Authentic Patrick Roy jersey, and they deemed me the starting quarterback Week 1. It's on me to make sure that I am doing whatever I can to help my teammates around me develop,'' he said. "They brought me here to play quarterback,adidas Patrick Roy jersey, as well as developing myself."

    Kizer didn't even need the vote of confidence he got from Jackson after the game despite yanking him with 6:30 remaining to keep him from taking more hits.adidas Marian Hossa jersey,

    "I wasn't worried about it at all,'' said Kizer. "Coach and I understand each other, and we knew that this was going to be a learning process and it was going to take a lot to get to the winning that we want to get to. It's on me to make sure that I stay on the path that I've been on and that I continue to develop each week."