If someone compiled a list of things you don’t expect to hear a quarterback say after leading a game-winning drive in the final seconds, “I feel like I let my team down” would have to be somewhere near the top of the list.
That’s what Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer said after Sunday’s 26-24 victory over the Falcons that moved the Browns to 7-4, however, and he was pretty accurate in his assessment of the game. Hoyer went 4-of-6 — one incompletion was a spike to stop the clock before Billy Cundiff’s winning kick — for 61 yards on the final drive of the game, but that came after he’d thrown three interceptions that left you wondering whether coach Mike Pettine would get a round of questions about Johnny Manziel after the game.
“It’s great to win but I’m really disappointed in myself,” Hoyer said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I feel like I let the team down even though we won. That’s not how I play. Obviously it’s great to get a win and be 7-4, but I have to do a better job.”
Hoyer has generally done a better job this year with only stinkers in losses to the Jaguars and Texans joining Sunday’s performance as ones that didn’t add to the team’s chances of winning. That’s not a terrible ratio, especially with Hoyer able to fight through Sunday’s struggles and get a win that counts the same as if he’d had the game of his life.
The Browns will obviously have to weigh this game along with all the others Hoyer plays this season when deciding how to handle his impending free agency, but that’s an issue for February. In November, it’s enough that the Browns won a game they probably should have lost.