The Cleveland Browns have been faced with the tough decision of naming a starter between veteran Brian Hoyer and hot-shot rookie first round QB Johnny Manziel. Early Wednesday, the Browns announced that they have chosen the start Hoyer in week 1 vs. the Steelers.
“He was the clear leader from the beginning,” coach Mike Pettine said in a press release via NFL.com. “We’ve maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room.”
Neither Manziel nor Hoyer separated themselves in the Browns first two preseason games. Hoyer, a career backup who showed promise in a few starts last tear before a torn ACL ended his season, completing 8-20 passes for only 108 yards and Manziel completing 14 of 27 passes for 128 yards against mostly second string defenses. Manziel flipping off the Washington bench during their nationally televised Monday Night Football game probably didn’t help his cause much, either.
Even though Hoyer has been named the starter, it’s only a matter of time before Manziel takes the reigns for the Browns. Cleveland has been looking for a star quarterback for over a decade, and Manziel brings the type of excitement that will be difficult for coach Pettine to keep on the bench, especially if the Browns struggle early in the season.
The Manziel era in Cleveland may be delayed for a while, but it’s coming. Hoyer better enjoy the moment while it lasts.
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