The Cleveland Browns have had a “unprecise relationship” with quarterback Cody Kessler, a source with knowledge of the relationship told ESPN.com.
“Mike Pettine and Cody Kessler have been in the same room for the last two years, but they have an unprecedented relationship,” the source said.
“They see eye-to-eye on things and have a rapport that no one else does.
This is one of the few instances in their careers where that has been true.
They have a chemistry and they play the same way.
Pettine knows that he has to throw the ball and he has a lot of confidence in Cody and knows that this is going to be a productive time with the young quarterback.”
Kessler’s role as the Browns’ top safety is expected to be significantly increased this season as they prepare to host the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15.
It will be Kessler’s fourth time defending the division crown in Cleveland.
He finished the 2015 season with 17 tackles, five passes defensed and a forced fumble.
The Browns traded up to select Kessler with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, but he has struggled in his first two starts.
Kessler has allowed a total of nine touchdowns and five interceptions while averaging just 2.4 yards per pass attempt.