Norv Turner on Brian Hoyer: He was released, he was available

AP

The Browns were reportedly interested in quarterback Brian Hoyer long before they signed him, which meant that his arrival in Cleveland last week became fodder for discussions about increased competition for Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden this offseason.

Offensive coordinator Norv Turner did his best to play up Weeden’s qualifications for the job recently by saying that he doesn’t think many quarterbacks could have succeeded in Cleveland during the 2012 season and he did his best to downplay the import of Hoyer’s arrival at a banquet on Monday night. While Turner said he like Hoyer’s skills, his comments painted a picture of a team taking a look at a player with some intriguing raw materials than a case of signing a player the team thinks can start for them this year.

“I think there have been more stories written about Brian Hoyer being a Brown over the last four months than probably any player in history,” Turner said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “He was released. He was available. He’s a guy that has been with some good teams in backup situations. He’s played very little football, but I do think we like his skill set.”

That wasn’t the only signal that Turner sent about who might be the team’s starter in 2013. Turner also said that he thought there was more value in Weeden taking the majority of reps with the first team this spring and summer than there was in keeping things even with Campbell, who Turner said “doesn’t need as many reps” as younger players. More exposure could certainly backfire for Weeden if he’s not up to the task, but it still seems likelier than he’s the starter in Week One than any one else on the roster.

17 responses to “Norv Turner on Brian Hoyer: He was released, he was available

  1. Why does everyone get so hysterical every time someone signs a QB?

    Ermergerd, what does this mean for the starter!?!?!?!?

    Winning isn’t only about having quality at the top of your depth chart. You got to have it in the middle and at the bottom as well.

  2. Isn’t norv the offensive coordinator,and not the head coach ? so why is he talking so much ? he needs to be quiet and focus on getting the offense ready for their gauntlet of a division.instead of worrying about justification of a 5 quarterback

  3. “Turner also said that he thought there was more value in Weeden taking the majority of reps with the first team this spring and summer than there was in keeping things even with Campbell, who Turner said “doesn’t need as many reps” as younger players.”

    Ok…But Weeden will be 30 this year.

  4. Turner has very little to say about who plays QB for the Browns. The head coach and owner will tell Turner who plays, and he has to make the best of it. Norv and Toto need to learn they are not in San Diego any more.

  5. Who cares how old Weeden is?

    Yes, he’s an older 2nd year player. If he can turn into a quality QB he still has a good 7 or 8 years in him. I would take that in a heartbeat considering the Browns have gone through so many QB’s the past 15 years and NOT ONE OF THEM has been close to elite.

    So, 7 years of quality QB play…yeah i’ll take it. Then Weeden can retire or be forced out. That’s a nice career.

  6. I never ceases to amaze me how the media turns the pickup of a third string QB into a controversy. Never fails.

  7. The Browns signed Hoyer to shut Lombardi up.

    All that whining from the psuedo- GM about Hoyer and Belichick was giving Joe Banner the willies.

    Weeden is the quarterback of the Cleveland Browns…period. If Norv says he is, then he is.

  8. I literally think I have heard everything now..Hoyer pushing for the starting job are you kidding me?

  9. “Looks up Norv Turner’s terrible history as a Head Coach, totally disregards anything he has to say”

  10. Terrible history as a head coach? 1st or 2nd place every year..OFF top 10 every year..learn some football..

  11. fordmandalay says:
    May 21, 2013 2:26 PM
    “Looks up Norv Turner’s terrible history as a Head Coach, totally disregards anything he has to say”

    “knows so little about football that he doesn’t realize Turner is considered one of the best offensive coordinators of all time”

    or

    “doesn’t know the difference between offensive coordinators and head coaches”

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