While it may seem obvious that Manziel deserves a shot, Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine has been incredibly loyal to Hoyer all season long. Pettine has stuck with Hoyer during a stretch in which the veteran quarterback has thrown zero touchdown passes and seven interceptions in three games. Hoyer’s passer rating is 25.4 during that three-game span.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer brought us one step closer to the Johnny Manziel era on Sunday with another lousy game. Did cameras catch Manziel saying he could have done better?
Hoyer, who threw no touchdowns and two interceptions in a 25-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, overthrew a wide open Josh Gordon late in the third quarter. As you can see, Gordon had his defender beat by about three yards and would have likely scored an 86-yard touchdown. This was Johnny Football’s reaction:
We’re not lip readers, but we agree with Bro Bible that it looked an awful lot like Manziel said, “I would have f—ing hit him.”
Hoyer has not thrown a touchdown pass in three weeks and the Browns have lost three of their last four games. Mike Pettine has stuck with the veteran while Cleveland remains in the playoff hunt, but Hoyer’s ineffectiveness is costing the team. It’s time to go to Manziel.
We don’t know if Manziel would have hit Gordon on that pass, but we do know that he is capable of making plays like this. That’s more than Hoyer can say for himself.
If you thought the Johnny Manziel era in Cleveland was beginning when he took over for Brian Hoyer against the Buffalo Bills, you were wrong.
Jay Glazer reports that Hoyer will remain the starting quarterback against the Indianapolis Colts over Manziel. Glazer adds that Hoyer had “widespread support” throughout the Browns locker room and that the decision was a “no brainer.”
Hoyer was benched in the fourth quarter against the Bills with Cleveland trailing 20-3. Manziel then led the Browns on an eight-play, 80-yard drive which he capped off with a 10-yard rushing touchdown.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, head coach Mike Pettine got together with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, quarterbacks coach Dowell Logains and general manager Ray Farmer to make what Pettine called a “very difficult decision.”
If nothing else, Pettine’s decision to bench Hoyer against Buffalo proves that the veteran’s leash is shorter than ever. Hoyer has thrown one touchdown pass and six interceptions in his past three games. His quarterback rating was 54.9 during that span, but the Browns are still 7-5 and very much in the playoff hunt.
Given Cleveland’s record, Pettine is thinking about the playoffs and not the future of the franchise. That said, the next switch he decides to make to Manziel will likely be permanent.
Just when it appeared that Brian Hoyer had the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback job locked down for the foreseeable future, the team went out and lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags, who were 0-6 entering Sunday, held Hoyer to a season-low 39% completion percentage and an abysmal passer rating of 7.8. Johnny Manziel fans will be hoping to see more of that going forward.
While Browns head coach Mike Pettine insisted on Monday that Hoyer is still “firmly” Cleveland’s starter, he admitted that the team briefly considered benching Hoyer for Manziel on Sunday.
Hoyer has played better than most expected him to, and the Browns are 3-3 as a result. He still has just two interceptions in six games, so it’s going to take more than a rough game against an underrated Jaguars defensive front for him to lose his job. That said, the fact that Pettine admitted he considered benching Hoyer says a lot.
“Each week when the offensive staff gets together — and I’ll jump in with them too — is that they put the plan together, and it’s what gives us the best chance to win,” Pettine added. “So if the situation this week maybe calls for (Manziel) to play some then that will be the case. But we’re not going to hit the panic button after one loss. While we know that the quarterback position needed to be more productive, it was more symptomatic of the entire offense.”
Brian Hoyer has played well enough with the Cleveland Browns this season to secure his job as starting quarterback for the immediate future. While he has just seven touchdown passes in five games, Hoyer has led the Browns to a surprising 3-2 record that has them in contention in the AFC North. But will he still be in Cleveland next year?
“First of all, I wanted to address what we talked about the other day,” he told reporters, per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “I’ve said all I’ve needed to say about the topic, but after [a Browns beat writer] mentioned the report I wanted to see it for myself.
“It couldn’t be further from the truth. There’s no accurate information. I’ve never talked to (Cole) in my life. From here on out, my main focus is Jacksonville. You guys want to talk about that, you can talk to the guys upstairs or my agent, Joe Linta. I think some of you know. From here on out, I’m on to Jacksonville.”
Cole is one of the better NFL reporters in the business, so we doubt he would throw mud at the wall and hope it sticks. He must have gotten his information from a credible source, and it makes sense on some level.
The Browns drafted Manziel with the 22nd overall pick this year. They obviously expect him to be their quarterback of the future, so where does that leave Hoyer? While he is 6-2 in his career as the Browns starter, is Hoyer really good enough to be the team’s guy for years to come? My guess is Cleveland ultimately sticks with Johnny Football.
The Cleveland Browns were floating on air after completing the biggest comeback in franchise history on Sunday. Their comeback from down 28-3 culminated with a 29-28 victory thanks to three fourth-quarter touchdowns in Tennessee.
After the game, the Browns had a dance party in the visiting locker room, with Joe Thomas and Brian Hoyer showing off their moves. Hoyer showed great rhythm and was surprisingly agile for a guy wearing a knee brace.
Brian Hoyer kept a tight grip on the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback job on Sunday when he led his team to an upset win over the New Orleans Saints. From the sound of it, Hoyer may have been even more motivated by Johnny Manziel seeing his first regular season action.
Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan decided earlier this week that he was going to use Manziel at some point on Sunday. When informed of that, Hoyer was not happy.
“As mad as I was when he told me, I think it mentally helped me prepare for it,” Hoyer said, per Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. As much as it might irk me to go off the field, if it’s going to help us win, then I’m all for it. I think as a competitor and as a quarterback, when there’s only one of you on the field, it’s hard for you to get taken off. But I think for me, I was mentally able to stay in it.
“I think a lot of guys might not be able to handle that, and I think because they were up front with me, Kyle was up front with me, and said, ‘Look, we may do it. We may not. If we need to use it, we might.’ I think that helped me.”
Manziel came on for three plays — two handoffs that netted zero yards and an incomplete pass. Hoyer, on the other hand, completed 24 of 40 passes for 204 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. He seemed even more motivated after Manziel’s second appearance, as he went on to complete 15 of 19 passes for 136 yards and orchestrate two scoring drives after that point.
Hoyer’s game-winning, 14-play drive was a thing of beauty. He took the Browns 85 yards and helped put them in position for a chip-shot field goal. Maybe Shanahan needs to make him angry more often.
The Cleveland Browns announced on Wednesday morning that Brian Hoyer will start against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1 of the regular season. Johnny Manziel has been named his backup — for now.
“(Hoyer) was the clear leader from the beginning,” coach Mike Pettine said in a press release, via Around the League. “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.”
The knee-jerk reaction is that this is a no-win situation for Hoyer. Unless Hoyer plays consistently well (a difficult task for anyone at the NFL level), Manziel is going to get a shot at some point this season. Hoyer knows his margin for error will be incredibly tight, which could add pressure and affect his performance.
Why did Mike Pettine decide to name a starter before the third game of the preseason? For starters, there have been rumors that the Browns do not want Manziel’s first NFL start to come against a potentially tough defense like the Steelers on the road. Boomer Esiason believes Manziel would get his “ass kicked” in Pittsburgh and the Browns might agree.
Beyond the difficulty of the matchup, you have to wonder if Manziel’s infamous middle finger had anything to do with Pettine’s decision. In addition to not looking that sharp on Monday night (6-of-17 passing), Manziel made a lapse in judgment that not only made him look bad but also may have indicated he is letting opponents get under his skin.
We’d be stunned if Hoyer starts even half of Cleveland’s games this season.
The Cleveland Browns have played just one preseason game, and already there is speculation that Johnny Manziel could be the favorite to land the starting quarterback job come Week 1. Manziel has been closing the gap in the QB race with Brian Hoyer during training camp. However, head coach Mike Pettine insists the job is still up for grabs.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Pettine said in a conference call Sunday that there is no “clearcut favorite” for the starting job and that a report from ESPN’s Bob Holtzman about Manziel moving ahead of Hoyer on the depth chart is “untrue.”
While Pettine said Manziel has shown great improvement, he claims Hoyer has done nothing to lose the starting job to this point. He also said he would like to name a starting quarterback by the Browns’ third preseason game but there is no guarantee it will happen.
A lot of people feel that Manziel should spend some time holding a clipboard before he starts, but it seems like Hoyer is a lame duck. Even if Hoyer does start in Week 1, you know he will be on an incredibly short leash. Fans already want to see Manziel, which is going to put a ton of pressure on Hoyer. It’s only a matter of time before Johnny Football gets his shot.
Brian Hoyer left Thursday’s game between the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills after suffering a leg injury while attempting to slide.
The Browns went 3 and out on their first possession, and then Hoyer got hurt on their second possession.
Hoyer scrambled on 2nd and 9 from the Cleveland 36 and picked up a first down on his run. But as Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso closed in, he attempted to slide. However, Alonso tackled him as he was sliding, which caused his leg to twist under his body in a bad way.
Brandon Weeden came in for Hoyer, who walked to the locker room. Hoyer, a former Michigan State and New England Patriots quarterback, was 2-0 on the season and had given Browns fans a reason to be optimistic. Their prospects of winning are much worse with Weeden.