Tonight, Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer makes his first start in a game where former starter Brandon Weeden is healthy and ready to play. It could be the first of many starts Hoyer makes despite Weeden being healthy.
With a pair of wins on consecutive Sundays, Hoyer is winning over the coaching staff, the front office, the fans, and most importantly his teammates.
Via the New York Times, cornerback Joe Haden became a believer during Sunday’s win over the Bengals. With the Browns leading 7-3 in the third quarter, Hoyer went to Haden and made a deal. Specifically, Hoyer said that, if the defense holds the Bengals, Hoyer will lead the offense to another score, securing the upset win.
“It made me have a new found respect for him,” Haden said.
A lot of people have a new found respect for Hoyer, the well-traveled career backup who was available to anyone when the Browns came calling.
If he wins on Thursday night with a nation of football fans watching, even more people will have new found respect for the guy who could allow the Browns to use those two first-round picks in 2014 on positions other than quarterback.