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Brian Hoyer will start for Browns on Thursday

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Brian Hoyer is still the Browns’ starting quarterback.

Hoyer will start on Thursday night against the Bills, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. That will make it three consecutive starts for Hoyer.

There’s no word on whether the thumb injury suffered by Brandon Weeden, who opened the season as Cleveland’s starter, is getting any better. But at this point, whether Weeden is healthy or not, Hoyer would seem to be the best option: Hoyer has played better than Weeden so far, and the Browns are 2-0 with Hoyer starting after opening the season 0-2 with Weeden starting.

If the Browns beat the Bills on Thursday night, they’d improve to 3-2 and would have a leg up on the 2-2 Ravens and 2-2 Bengals in the AFC North. Just a couple weeks ago people were saying the Browns had given up on the season. Now Hoyer has people talking about the Browns as playoff contenders.

Which means we can probably forget about Weeden getting his job back. This looks like Hoyer’s team.

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  1. jakec4 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:53 AM

    Even the Steelers are still a playoff contender in the dreadful AFC North.

  2. jiveturkeygobbler says: Sep 30, 2013 11:55 AM

    No brainer decision of the year! Kid has got the it factor.

  3. jhorton83 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:56 AM

    Shocking. I’m utterly shocked. Old man Weeden needs to get his resume in order.

  4. kowallazy says: Sep 30, 2013 11:57 AM

    No they’re not.

  5. coltzfan166 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:59 AM

    Wow, if Hoyer really is the answer for this team, then why ever give up Trent Richardson in the first place?

  6. ronarch13 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:00 PM

    Weeden WHO? The third round QB we drafted in the first round because we needed a QB and Walrus Holmgren over drafted?

  7. buddysguys says: Sep 30, 2013 12:05 PM

    you’re the onyl one who ever said browns and playoffs. I didnt say it and i dotn know anyone else who would either.

  8. barkymingo says: Sep 30, 2013 12:05 PM

    Yes, having the defending super bowl champion with 3 teams as solid play off teams the last few years makes this division terrible.

    In other news, this is a surprise to no one that watches Cleveland. Hoyer isn’t going to light up any scoreboards but he’s much more comfortable in this offense, makes quick, accurate decisions and is playing like he has nothing to lose. That’s what this team needs. If he wins this game at Buffalo, Weeden’s time is done. This new regime has been looking for a reason to bench Weeden and Hoyer has given them an easy way out winning 2 in a row. He’s also given me a reason to not burn every single Browns item I own and to watch the games. The defense is easily a top 3 in the league and as long as the offense can put up 20 points, we are in every game. GO BROWNS!!!! And Mingo is sick nasty good.

  9. cardiffgiant11 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:05 PM

    I always thought Hoyer looked decent when he was here in New England as Brady’s backup. Glad to see he caught a starting gig and is having a chance to show us what he’s made of.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 30, 2013 12:09 PM

    The only down side to playing the Bills on a short week is that they had a real easy game on Sunday. It was more like a walk-through with pads. Though you also easily routed Cin, so it’s probably a wash.

  11. ingraven says: Sep 30, 2013 12:10 PM

    Good for him, coming from a Ravens fan. He really deserves it. Nice to see Cleveland finally being competitive again after so long. Makes football THAT MUCH MORE FUN to watch now. Especially when we play them again.

  12. stevieb10 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:11 PM

    Hey coltzfan166, They go rid of him because he’s a lousy runner and your team overpaid for him. The 3.0 ypc yesterday was an amazing star line. He’s overrated, and there must have been something else going on with him and the team cause this team looks to have a better attitude and togetherness without him. Thanks for the free 1st rounder colts!

  13. tedmurph says: Sep 30, 2013 12:12 PM

    Brian Hoyer will start for the Browns until further notice.

  14. neofootball says: Sep 30, 2013 12:13 PM

    Hoyer is playing well, not great. Hopefully he can keep improving. This is someone that came in late and has been getting 3rd string snaps in practice. He has a real chance to keep improving and get the Browns to 8 or 9 wins. I agree that the defense is impressive and Mingo is early defensive rookie of the year.

  15. brownmud says: Sep 30, 2013 12:13 PM

    coltzfan166 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:59 AM

    Wow, if Hoyer really is the answer for this team, then why ever give up Trent Richardson in the first place?

    —–

    Being a colts fan I am surprised you do not already know the answer to this. T-Rich averaged what, 3 ypc for you guys sunday? Get used to those numbers.

  16. wildwalt7 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:13 PM

    coltzfan,why give up on Richardson? Because he only averages 3 yards a carry.Thanks for the first round pick.

  17. jessejames182 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:17 PM

    How great would the story line be if the Browns beat the Colts in the playoffs?

  18. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:18 PM

    For all those people who think the Pats will be finished for a long time once Brady retires. We’ll see how Hoyer and Cassel do in the next game but at least on this weekend 3 different Belichick drafted QBs started and all 3 won.

  19. blacknole08 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:18 PM

    Just give Hoyer the starting job. He has chemistry with Jordan Cameron and gets the ball out quick. He has got moxie and has been through adversity…. I think these intangibles makes him a decent player and he can grow into a good one as his confidence builds.

    Who knows… Hoyer could very well be the answer at QB for the Browns. They have the defense.

  20. richndc says: Sep 30, 2013 12:19 PM

    This is one of the best good stories in the NFL this year–someone forgot to tell the Browns their season was done when they traded Richardson and lost their starting QB–that was a pretty good Bengals team they beat yesterday kids.

  21. cliverush says: Sep 30, 2013 12:25 PM

    Cleveland deserves to have some fun with football. Good for them. The hometown player leads them to victory with a win over a cross state rival in a tough division. With the Indians in the playoffs and the Browns playing competitive thing are looking up.

  22. lanjoith says: Sep 30, 2013 12:29 PM

    Looking at the Brown schedule they really could go 8-8, but I think the Bengals will finish with a better record. With 2 teams in the AFC west that are undefeated and 2 teams in the AFC east that are undefeated I doubt 8-8 is going to earn a playoff birth. Plus, Norv Turner is running the offense. It will stall eventually.

  23. coltzfan166 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:31 PM

    To the three people that answered me but pretty much all said the same thing……the point of trading Richardson was to get more ammunition to trade up in the first round for a franchise QB. But that guy is supposedly already on the team. You can say he only averaged 3 yards per carry or whatever, but he was still by far the team’s best RB. I’m not upset that my team has him. I just don’t understand it from the Browns perspective is all.

  24. godofwine330 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:38 PM

    Good for him. I don’t think he would have been as good as he is had he not spent those 3 years with Tom Brady. He learned the way to prepare which is necessary for a QB. Whenever you have a QB come to a team not only devoid of talent, but devoid of veteran QB leadership you find those QBs in trouble because they lack the knowledge on how to prepare for games.

    As a lifelong Browns fan and a guy born & raised in Cleveland I am so proud of my team for the first time in years. We actually look like an NFL team.

  25. joetoronto says: Sep 30, 2013 12:46 PM

    It’s great to see Browns fans getting excited again about their team.

    It’s been a long time and God knows they deserve it.

  26. jeremyhurst says: Sep 30, 2013 12:47 PM

    Coltzfan166-

    You dont understand why we have up 3 ypc back for a first rounder?

    Because any team would do that. Regardless of whether or not he’s the best on your team.
    Best on the team doesn’t mean he’s great.

    I think it’s a steal and you’ll be salty about it for a while.

    Or maybe you just don’t understand football.

  27. tvguy22 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:48 PM

    Good luck Browns. Enjoy the Steelers decent into suckage. I know I am.

  28. whitdog23 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:49 PM

    coltsfan, if you’re trying to understand browns fans — good luck! wishy-washy at best. 2-0 over weekend with Indians win. 0-2 by thursday night this week

  29. mpops86 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:50 PM

    Hoyer is a capable game manager, for sure. It’ll be interesting to see if the Browns take a QB in the first round next year or if they decide Hoyer is their guy.

  30. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:51 PM

    hey browns fans, thanks for already paying Trich signing bonus, we get him for pretty cheap now, so enjoy the late 1st rounder, in which u will probably draft a bust anyways, cause u guys are the browns

  31. bnn52 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:58 PM

    coltzfan166 says:
    Sep 30, 2013 12:31 PM
    To the three people that answered me but pretty much all said the same thing……the point of trading Richardson was to get more ammunition to trade up in the first round for a franchise QB. But that guy is supposedly already on the team. You can say he only averaged 3 yards per carry or whatever, but he was still by far the team’s best RB. I’m not upset that my team has him. I just don’t understand it from the Browns perspective is all.

    ________________________________

    That was the original point of the trade, and could very well still be the way Cleveland decides to go. But they gotta play it out with Hoyer to see where he can lead the team. He very well may not turn out to be the starting qb of the future, but if he is, then we dont have to use one of the first rounders on a qb, we can beef up the Offensive Line, grab another CB, or get another WR to play opposite of Gordon. The trade was about building for the future with the new management in Cleveland, whether that is with or without Hoyer.

    Taking the risk with Hoyer now is similar to drafting a QB high with one of those picks, only time will tell.

    Go Brownies! Let’s keep it up and turn this franchise into a winner!

  32. 4512dawg4512 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:00 PM

    Typical Browns fans, root for the back up, or in this case, the third string QB. With our defense good play calling and Weeden’s leadership we can win the division this year. With Hoyer, 5-11 again

  33. jonnyfootball82 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:02 PM

    Playoffs? Don’t tease the Browns fans like that. They’ve suffered enough

  34. takemytalentstosoutheuclid says: Sep 30, 2013 1:04 PM

    peytonsneck18 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:51 PM

    hey browns fans, thanks for already paying Trich signing bonus, we get him for pretty cheap now, so enjoy the late 1st rounder, in which u will probably draft a bust anyways, cause u guys are the browns

    Hilarious! You’re right, it’s much better to hang on to your first round mistakes and get nothing for them than to admit you made a mistake and try to get something back. Does the name Donald Brown ring a bell?? Do some research before you post such idiotic comments. Face it, the Browns got the better of this deal. T-Rich is a decent back, but nothing more. 60 yards and a TD is what you are going to get. if you feel that is worth a first round pick, good for you.

  35. tjgrizz says: Sep 30, 2013 1:04 PM

    TRich in 20 career starts has avg 4 ypc only 5 times in his career. He’s not a game changer and obviously didnt move the needle much for the Browns

  36. ronarch13 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:04 PM

    Richardson is a diva. He would show up late to treatments to get him well. The person who thinks the most of Trent, is Trent… Indy fans you will found out you overpaid for an AVERAGE Rb in a PASSING league!

  37. jerruhjones says: Sep 30, 2013 1:04 PM

    peytonsneck18 says:
    Sep 30, 2013 12:51 PM
    hey browns fans, thanks for already paying Trich signing bonus, we get him for pretty cheap now, so enjoy the late 1st rounder, in which u will probably draft a bust anyways, cause u guys are the browns
    ====================================

    Sour grapes

  38. audient says: Sep 30, 2013 1:07 PM

    Browns fan here. I’m not saying the “p” word, I’m just enjoying games that are fun to watch for a change. Let’s not lard it up with lofty expectations for anything after December.

    The Bills are a tough team, and it should be an excellent game, and another test for Hoyer and the Browns. The Bills took one from the Ravens after picking off Flacco five times. If the Bills do that to Hoyer, I don’t expect a different result. But if the D can keep us in and Hoyer has another game like yesterday, (which is exactly what it took to win against a Packers-beating Bengals team,) then the Browns have a real shot against another excellent team. (And yes, the Bills are an excellent team. They almost beat the Pats, and really should have won.)

    Go Browns!

  39. gacoltfan says: Sep 30, 2013 1:11 PM

    The trade was probably good for both teams. Cleveland needs more players/draftpicks and the Colts needed a RB. I doubt Richardson will continue to be a 3 ypc back once he gets more comfortable with the offense. You can’t judge him by that stat with the Browns, because they didn’t have a QB to keep the defense honest. If he still averages that with Luck as his QB, then we can say he is a bust and it was a bad trade.

    Even though his ypc is low right now, the one area that we already see an improvement in the Colts is in short yardage. The Colts have struggled getting that 1 yard when they needed it for 10 years. With Richardson and Bradshaw this year, we are picking up that 1 yard for a 1st down or getting the touchdown

  40. drude64 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:15 PM

    Let’s hope the Minnesota Vikings apply the same philosophy to their quarterback situation. Matt Cassel clearly gives them a better chance to win than Ponder.

  41. jgedgar70 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:24 PM

    “There’s no word on whether the thumb injury suffered by Brandon Weeden, who opened the season as Cleveland’s starter, is getting any better. But at this point, whether Weeden is healthy or not, Hoyer would seem to be the best option.”

    Talk about the under-statement of the decade. Hoyer is obviously a better option than Chris Wienke Jr.

  42. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Sep 30, 2013 1:32 PM

    Browns actually have a tough schedule too.

    So far, they’ve played:
    Dolphins
    Ravens
    Vikings
    Bengals

    Only the Dolphins weren’t a playoff team last year and they have yet to lose this season.

    Browns are looking tough. Richardson trade was great, he wasn’t the high pick we thought we drafted…

  43. bigzant82 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:37 PM

    ima browns fan but the jury is still out on Hoyer but if he can lead us too more wins then im all for it Go Browns i hope we can keep weeden i think he need another year on our team if not then i wish him well, i feel bad cause i bought a game used Weeden jersey autographed anything but hey i can always strip the name off it

  44. urbusted2 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:54 PM

    Josh Gordon returning in week three had a lot to do with this offense opening up. I refer you to some of the preseason games Gordon and Weeden were successful in. In addition, trading Richardson meant they were going to have to throw more and not rely on a 1st round pick, turned bust for a running game. Richardson really isn’t very good by the way. Is Hoyer better than Weeden? Yes, right now he is. That’s all I can say. The Browns defense is for real.

    Steelers fans. Great run, but you ARE NOT still in the race for the AFC North. The Steelers are a tired, old team that forgot to re-tool if you will. See ya in about 3-5 years maybe.

  45. chaffee5355 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:55 PM

    As drude64 says, hope the Vikes follow suit.

  46. essentialsausage says: Sep 30, 2013 2:03 PM

    Hoyer is two years younger than Weeden, too.

  47. jhorton83 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:07 PM

    The biggest worry Browns fans should have is that Ray Horton will be a hot head coaching candidate next year. Still not sure why the Cardinals didn’t hire him. The dude knows defense. And I’m not just saying that because I have the same last name. But that probably has something to do with it.

  48. paychrisjohnson28 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:08 PM

    One mans trash….is another mans treasure…

  49. rickrock6661982 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:12 PM

    Anyone else amused that Hoyer is destroying Cleveland’s chance to get an actual franchise QB in the draft?

    Heck, he’ll probably be their starter next season before turning back into a pumpkin. Look how long they’ve enabled and covered up for Bernie”Two Drink Minimum” Kosar.

    Now even Kellen Clemmons can laugh at someone.

  50. vicnocal says: Sep 30, 2013 2:28 PM

    “Cuz I’m just a Cleveland dirtbag, baby. I’m just a Cleveland dirtbag, baby.” – Brandon Weedus

  51. thetooloftools says: Sep 30, 2013 2:49 PM

    Weeden is just a hick with a big arm. He has ZERO leadership skills while the players will bleed out for Hoyer.

  52. barkymingo says: Sep 30, 2013 2:55 PM

    I love these people that troll on Cleveland message boards. Yes, the jury is still out on Hoyer but he’s given us a reason to be excited again. Do I think he’s the second coming of Tom Brady?? God no but he sure looks better than Weeden. As for these tools saying he’s going to play us out of an actual franchise QB – do you guys know how many QBs have won Super Bowls the last 15 years that were taken in the top 3???? ONE – Payton Manning once. First round QBs are important, you have to hit on them but this draft is supposedly loaded with talent. Could be potentially 5-6 first round QBS in this draft. If he plays well, we can stick with him and draft talent that we need. If he stalls out at 5-6 wins, we can still have the ability to either trade up with our 2 firsts or sit tight and grab a QB that falls to us.

    As for the T-Rich trade, only time will tell. He could turn out to be an absolute beast. Trading him for a 1st rounder now could also be the smartest thing the Browns have ever done if he doesn’t pick his game up. But you can pick up RBs in later rounds who are effective. The top 10 rushers last year, only 2 were picked in the top 10 with 5 of them not even picked in the first round. Time will tell but this is a different Cleveland team, that you can bet on.

    GO BROWNS!!!!

  53. eatitfanboy says: Sep 30, 2013 3:01 PM

    coltzfan166 says:
    Sep 30, 2013 12:31 PM
    To the three people that answered me but pretty much all said the same thing……the point of trading Richardson was to get more ammunition to trade up in the first round for a franchise QB.

    ====

    The point of the trade was to get maximum value for a mistake. TR was not worth the third pick in the draft, and his production has already been replaced by two journeymen making 1/3 of his salary.

    The idea that the trade was all about getting a franchise QB next year was speculation from the media that the team acknowledged was one possible use of the extra pick.

    The fact is that your team traded it’s first round draft pick for the 17th best back in the NFL last year. If you think that was a good deal, more power to you. In two games for your team, he’s got 33 rushes for 95 yards.

    Most teams prefer to get more than that from 1st round picks.

  54. pacodawg says: Sep 30, 2013 3:09 PM

    Lt said it all u need to know on nfl network last night. Wait I forgot colts fan know more lol

  55. sfsugator says: Sep 30, 2013 3:09 PM

    This just in the Cleveland Browns have traded Brian Hoyer and Joe Haden to the Steelers for a 2014 3rd pick and cash.

  56. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 30, 2013 4:56 PM

    Steelers fans. Great run, but you ARE NOT still in the race for the AFC North. The Steelers are a tired, old team that forgot to re-tool if you will. See ya in about 3-5 years maybe.

    And how many years it been for the Browns before they have now been seen from again at 2-2 in only Week 4? More than 3-5 years I think. It is good to see the Browns playing well and their fans deserve some respect after what Art Modell did to them, but don’t diss a team who’s history you would have gladly taken over the last 43 years of football. 2 games out of the AFC North is not being in the race? Interesting philosophy.

  57. way773 says: Sep 30, 2013 6:15 PM

    Wow this is hilarious. Too bad Pittsburgh traded their 2014 3rd rounder for the browns 4th last draft. The way they look that trade just keeps getting better and better. Thanks for a top 3 pick in the 3rd round!

  58. fanofbrowns17 says: Sep 30, 2013 7:14 PM

    enoughofthatalready

    Just like Pittsburgh would have loved to have had our record of dominance in the 50s and 60s while they were sucking since 1933. They did nothing as a franchise until the mid to late 70s, over 40 years into their existence. They’ve had a good run, it’s over. No one should feel sorry for them.

  59. scalfor3 says: Sep 30, 2013 9:04 PM

    Maybe, just maybe, we should wait longer than one week to judge the Richardson trade?

    Good for Hoyer though. He’ll never be a star, but you can win with him and a decent supporting cast. Gordon and Gronk Jr (Cameron) is a solid 1-2 punch.

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