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Brian Hoyer still sees himself as Browns starter

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Brian Hoyer waited six years while serving as a backup quarterback for the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals before finally getting his chance to be a starter in the NFL.

And as far as he’s concerned, Hoyer doesn’t expect to lose that title just because of a knee injury.

My goal is to be the starting quarterback again,” Hoyer said, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “That’s what every day I come in here and work towards, and it’s definitely a motivation for me.”

Hoyer replaced Brandon Weeden as Cleveland’s starting quarterback in Week 3 after two losses in dismal offensive performances against the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens. The Browns scored just 16 points combined in those two games before Hoyer took the helm.

With Hoyer as the starter, the Browns were 3-0 and averaged 28 points per game over that span. But Hoyer tore his ACL against the Buffalo Bills and was lost for the rest of the season. Hoyer says he’s progressing and believes he can take part in the team’s offseason conditioning program beginning in April.

However, the staff that brought Hoyer in and gave him the opportunity is no longer in place. General manager Michael Lombardi and head coach Rob Chudzinski both were fired and replaced by Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine.

Pettine believes Hoyer is “a winner” and that should give him a chance to compete once again for the starting job. But if the Browns use one of their two first-round picks on a quarterback, Hoyer will have a battle on his hands.

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28 Responses to “Brian Hoyer still sees himself as Browns starter”
  1. fumblenuts says: Feb 17, 2014 11:27 PM

    Go Brian Hoyer!!

    March on Dawg Pound!!!

  2. chawk12thman says: Feb 17, 2014 11:29 PM

    Competition helps make everyone better……Drafting a QB in the 4th Round seems like a good thing move. Getting the best athletes to help the team the early rounds would be a good move…..

  3. truesportsjunkie says: Feb 17, 2014 11:45 PM

    …as he should be, unless the Browns spends the 4th overall pick on a QB

  4. clebrowns216 says: Feb 17, 2014 11:45 PM

    I like Hoyer, but if he is our starter next season then the Browns are in for a long one.

  5. evansvc says: Feb 17, 2014 11:45 PM

    Cleveland….. “Bring in VINCE YOUNG”… Vince is mobile– with talent and playoff experience…. He is hungry, motivated and determined to show he can play this game at a high level…. Vince Young know how to WIN….
    He is a LOW risk-HIGH reward type of guy… and a wise choice for any GM/Head Coach looking to upgrade their quarterback pool….

  6. meatcarroll says: Feb 17, 2014 11:53 PM

    Problems the reigning would champions don’t have.

  7. rajbais says: Feb 18, 2014 12:01 AM

    He’s better off not doing it in Cleveland.

    He should try to become a Texan.

  8. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 18, 2014 12:10 AM

    Josh Gordon only played THREE of Weeden’s FIVE STARTS.

    Trent Richardson played in TWO of Weeden’s FIVE STARTS.

    2013 Weeden = 216 yards per game (12 yards per catch)

    2013 Hoyer = 205 yards per game (10 yard per catch)

  9. amishninjas says: Feb 18, 2014 12:27 AM

    Pettine views Hoyer as a “winner”

    That should seal his fate. Winners and Cleveland don’t mix.

  10. callahan9119 says: Feb 18, 2014 1:34 AM

    If they don’t land Bridgewater, I’d rather let Hoyer start. The guy is decisive and throws down field. He ain’t no world beater though.

  11. ckg0913 says: Feb 18, 2014 1:39 AM

    If not the Browns, then someone should give him a chance. It was exciting watching him and he was terrific compared to what the Browns have usually had at QB.

    It’s too bad about that ACL. He was doing a good job. I think he can be good.

  12. seatownballers says: Feb 18, 2014 2:13 AM

    They should keep hoyer as a backup. Showed more promise then Weeden ever did

  13. oldcracker says: Feb 18, 2014 2:24 AM

    Even if the Browns draft a QB #4, they should start Hoyer.

    Any new player needs time to adjust to the level of play at this level. Some positions (and individuals) may not need as much time as others but it is definitely a brave new world from what they were used to.

    Depending on what the Browns add or don’t to the O-line could make the starter a very short-time starter. Hopefully, they’ll add some beef to the line. Let them “gell” and get to know each other. See if they can defend the QB, or punch some running lanes. Then feed in your prize rookies.

    Regardless of whom they draft, so much of the development teams depends on the level of coaching they receive. There are reasons why teams like GB & NE are always finding the “diamonds in the rough” (UFA’s) while teams like my Browns can draft top 5, year after year, and seem to get nowhere. (Quite frankly I don’t have a lot of hope in the new QB coach, “Low-gains,” after the job he did with Jake Locker. I hope I’m wrong.)

    The management & coaching staff must be on the same page going forward.

  14. 4512dawg4512 says: Feb 18, 2014 6:28 AM

    Weeden should get the start, keep Hoyer around for when Weeden gets hurt cause the O-line is a wreck. Dont draft any of these B-rate QBs coming out in the draft and wait till next season to get Winston or Mariota… But Im sure they wont, its the Browns

  15. NoobTubeTV says: Feb 18, 2014 6:58 AM

    This is more matter-of-fact than anything. He is (likely) the only QB that will be on the roster come draft day.

  16. ravenswhat says: Feb 18, 2014 7:05 AM

    Sorry Brian, it’s too sexy to draft a QB and its the browns.

  17. mymanmccoy says: Feb 18, 2014 7:15 AM

    Part of the reason Chud is gone is because he wouldn’t play Hoyer sooner. Lombardi was the champion of Hoyer and he is gone, but that may have been the only thing Browns fans will give him credit for, other than that, I’m glad we had the last shake up and I believe Jimmy is done doing that for a while.

  18. pftisfulloftrolls says: Feb 18, 2014 8:16 AM

    Hoyer won got half of the Browns wins this season. He should start 2014 at least until whatever QB they draft is ready.

  19. brownsfan39 says: Feb 18, 2014 8:16 AM

    Jimmy Haslam will build a winner, he is a smart guy!

  20. ovaw8lova says: Feb 18, 2014 8:17 AM

    The shame is this guy can be a diamond in the rough. Has the Browns even watched him play last year? The Browns would have won more game with him as QB. So many players in the NFL are good but never get the opportunity to show it. Browns should just take best player available and not be so set on taking a QB because this guy is good.

  21. matthewmacisaac says: Feb 18, 2014 8:43 AM

    It may be a small sample size, but I think he played well enough to be the starter. I really don’t think any of these QBs coming out of college are worth a first rounder. They would be better off letting Hoyer be the starter and draft McCarron farther down. In the first round, they should grab Watkins at 4 and pick the best available guard with the secondfirst rounder.

  22. wishingtonredslur says: Feb 18, 2014 9:23 AM

    The Browns won four games, he won three, he avg 28 points per game after two games with a combined total of 16 points. He sat behind Tom Brady for 6 years and isn’t Curtis Painter with a football. He should get to start even if they draft a Quarterback. Rookie QB’s can play in their first year but the don’t have to.

  23. kwjsb says: Feb 18, 2014 9:50 AM

    Hoyer is the starter, Cut Campbell, he played no better than Weeden and Weeden has a smaller cap number, Draft Watkins at 4, Hyde at 26 OG’s in the 2nd and Aaron Murray in the 3rd to develop.

  24. luz56 says: Feb 18, 2014 11:13 AM

    Not sure anything will work with current ownership…. I do like drafting Watkins at 4 or trading down…

  25. mrfrostyj says: Feb 18, 2014 12:18 PM

    doctorrustbelt says: Feb 18, 2014 12:10 AM

    Josh Gordon only played THREE of Weeden’s FIVE STARTS.

    Trent Richardson played in TWO of Weeden’s FIVE STARTS.

    2013 Weeden = 216 yards per game (12 yards per catch)

    2013 Hoyer = 205 yards per game (10 yard per catch)

    —————————————————-

    You’re forgetting one thing in your stats. Weedens 216 yards per game drives normally ended with a guy in a different jersey getting the ball.

    Hoyers 205 yards per game normally ended with his team in that big rectangle that makes the score change.

    Yards per game mean jack squat if you don’t actually SCORE during those drives.

  26. blackhole7711 says: Feb 18, 2014 3:21 PM

    This is the kind of stories you have to root for. Hometown kid starting for the team he grew up loving. I think he could start. With that being said if I were Cleveland I would take Sammy Watkins for a solid receiver opposite Josh Gordon and take a solid corner to go opposite Joe Haden. Maybe take an AJ McCarren with the 2nd round pick? Could be wrong.

  27. proxtae216 says: Feb 18, 2014 4:43 PM

    Start Hoyer , Draft Watkins At #4 , Match Him Up With Josh Gordan No More Recevier Problems , Then Get RB At #26 , Go After Tre Mason(Auburn) Carlos Hyde(Osu) Or Go After The Kid That That Rushed For 2,044 Yards Last Season , Then Mcarron 2nd Round

  28. wiseone50 says: Feb 19, 2014 11:36 AM

    Hoyer may not have a long track record but he at least has some record to see. Draft picks are a total crap shoot. He at least has proven he knows the game of football, which is miles ahead of the other garbage were used to. I would start Hoyer and groom a later round pick behind him and fill in the other holes first.

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