The Cleveland Browns have made their decision on who will start Monday night’s football game against the Washington Redskins. Early Thursday evening, the Brown’s organization decided to stick with the veteran Brian Hoyer. It’s only the second preseason game, but it says a lot about which direction the Browns are leaning as we approach the season opener.
According to Sportsline.com, Coach Pettine stated that they are “more comfortable” with Brian Hoyer starting the game. It shows that Cleveland is giving Hoyer every chance to earn this starting position. However, he can’t go out there and flounder the biggest stage.
During the first preseason game, there were mixed reviews on both of the quarterbacks’ performance. Johnny Manziel definitely missed a couple of pass attempts when he opted to run instead, while Hoyer would have fared much better if Josh Gordon could have reeled in a touchdown pass.
Hoyer completed 6 of 14 passes for 92 yards, while Manziel was an efficient 7 for 11 passing for 63 yards. Johnny Manziel had the upper hand in the rushing department when he accounted for 27 yards on the ground. Manziel also took a solid shot that shook him up a little bit.
One thing many people fail to realize, is Hoyer was playing his first game since an ACL injury early last season. Therefore, he had a lot of rust and kinks to work out in his first preseason game. There’s the real possibility that Hoyer will be even more confident in his play on Monday night.
Still, Manziel was late for a team meeting on Monday and that may be the reason for not starting against Washington. Usually, quarterback battles are solved before the third preseason game, so the teams can start to game plan for their first opponent. However, Coach Pettine believes in his quarterback battle and he may let Johnny Manziel start the third game without any assurances of becoming the starter.
The good news is that both players will get equal reps with the ones, yet starting a game is always a different feel than coming in off the bench.
Brian Hoyer was (3-0) before his season ending injury last season. It's only right that he gets a fair shot to continue his winning streak.