The problem with Hoyer doesn't appear to be confidence. It appears that defenses have not only figured him out but have also dared him to beat them with his arm. He has had too many to count instances of balls going off defenders hands when they aren't being intercepted. He either overthrows or throws behind his receivers, causing them to try and adjust on the fly. The 2 interceptions he had again today has become an all too common trend the past few weeks. This isn't just a slump. This is a quarterback who is, at best, a career back up.
I thought Johnny Manziel should have started this week. I screamed that Manziel needed to go in to get a spark today. Yet Mike Pettine, the first year head coach of the Browns, refused to even consider putting Manziel in to game, according to what he said after the game today. I don't know if it's out of loyalty to Hoyer for getting them this far or the fact that he doesn't believe Manziel is ready to be the starter for the Browns. But whatever he thought going in to the Colts game should be thrown out of the window moving forward. Manziel needs to start the rest of the season. The playoffs at this point are probably a distant memory so why not see what they have in the Texas A&M rookie? I (along with most Browns fans) would rather go through some rookie pains than seeing a veteran quarterback struggle to get anything going over the next 3 weeks. I will also say that if Hoyer is the quarterback for the rest of year, I myself will not be watching.
Next week, the Browns play Cincinnati in the final home game of 2014. If Mike Pettine is smart, he'll have Johnny Manziel be the one behind center. We'll see if he is.