The Browns released a statement early this morning with the announcement that many saw coming; Brian Hoyer is the team’s starting quarterback for week 1 in Pittsburgh.
After both Hoyer and Manziel had no separation over the last 2 preseason games, head coach Mike Pettine and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan had no choice but to go with the 6 year veteran. Though Hoyer only started 3 games last year, he looked sharp in the first 2 and had looked good in the third game against the Bills before having a season ending knee injury on a tackle by Kiki Alonso.
Obviously many Browns fans (including myself) wanted Johnny to be lights out in these past 2 games. He wasn’t. He looked lost at times and lost his composure with a brief middle finger extended towards the Redskins bench.
I have no doubt we will see Johnny on the football field this season. My hope is that it’s in limited wildcat type formations, something Tim Tebow did in his rookie season with Denver. As for now, all hopes are on Brian Hoyer, the home town boy who’s dream has been to be the starter of his favorite football team, the Cleveland Browns. His turn starts now.