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Brian Hoyer to start, Johnny Manziel could get run with ones


Since the preseason opener is pretty much the equivalent of playing Rice, it makes sense that Johnny Manziel won’t start it.

Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters today that Brian Hoyer would start the preseason opener against the Lions.

He’s done nothing to have that taken away from him,” Pettine said of Hoyer, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Pettine didn’t discount getting Manziel some reps with the first offense, and left open the possibility of Manziel starting at some point in the preseason.

He did say that he wanted to name his starter before the third preseason game, meaning Manziel better make the most of every snap if he wants to be in the mix.

To be honest, playing with the second team might benefit Manziel for several reasons. First, he’ll get more snaps, since starters usually play about two series in the opener. Also, he’ll be working against second defenses (his peers), which makes it easier to look good. Of course, he’ll also be working with the second set of wideouts and linemen, which may negate some of that edge, as well.

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36 Responses to “Brian Hoyer to start, Johnny Manziel could get run with ones”
  1. brandonj21 says: Aug 6, 2014 12:59 PM

    Manziel will start week 1. They dont wanna make season ticket holders mad

  2. thepftpoet says: Aug 6, 2014 1:01 PM

    The best QB from the 2014 draft will undoubtedly be Teddy Bridgewater.

    I guess Pro Days shouldn’t be held above actual college game film.

    Teddy Bridgewater was easily the best QB coming out, and only the Minnesota Vikings could truly see it.

  3. edelmanfanclub says: Aug 6, 2014 1:04 PM

    This job is completely Hoyer’s to lose and Manziels to try and steal. Still think Hoyer wins it.

  4. kosarkid says: Aug 6, 2014 1:07 PM

    Whoever starts this season probably won’t end up being the starter at the end. Between all new coaching staff and no GoreDawn, this offense is going to struggle through the air. Look for a ground and pound offense and solid defense to finish the year 6 – 10, no matter who the QB is.

  5. peefrimgar says: Aug 6, 2014 1:08 PM

    Hopefully this doesn’t turn into a rerun of Anderson-Quinn

  6. coonsqualler says: Aug 6, 2014 1:08 PM


    Don’t you get tired of repeating the same thing over and over again on every thread that comes out about a QB?

    Dude, let it go! It’s not funny anymore. Seriously.

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!!

  7. 4thquartermagic says: Aug 6, 2014 1:11 PM

    What a sham of an “open competition” this will turn out to be.

  8. Averageclevelandfan says: Aug 6, 2014 1:12 PM

    Hoyer needs to sit

  9. tolan04 says: Aug 6, 2014 1:15 PM

    Hoyer is the better qb media is making this a closer competition than it really is.

  10. qdog112 says: Aug 6, 2014 1:19 PM

    Stop with the preemptive excuses. If he’s owrthy of being a starter it will show no matter who he plays with.

    If it’s with the 1s, he’ll be on par, if with the 2s, he’ll make them look better. He is stinks with both teams, send him to Vegas.

    Remember how great Russell Wilson looked with the 2s and everyone said, “well he;s playing against scrubs”? Well, he didn’t miss a beat when he got his shot with the 1s.

    So we’ll see how it shakes out. Don’t wanna hear, well he hasn’t played much with … Time to put up or shut up.

  11. clickablecontent says: Aug 6, 2014 1:19 PM

    Do the kid a favor and wait at least until Josh Gordon is on the field.

  12. joemammy says: Aug 6, 2014 1:20 PM

    Vikings 2-14… and that’s being optomistic.

    Browns 11-5… and Manziel rides the pine.

  13. uwsptke says: Aug 6, 2014 1:20 PM

    Ask Mark Sanchez how he feels about a QB in a battle for the starting gig playing behind an offensive line full of reserve players.

  14. buckeye044 says: Aug 6, 2014 1:21 PM

    I hope they start him week one against Dick LeBeau and the Steelers.

  15. mrfrostyj says: Aug 6, 2014 1:24 PM

    I don’t know what’s worse, thepftpoets constantly shilling about Bridgewater in every article about any QB in the league or PFT the website constantly shilling about Manziel in every article about any QB in the league and how they’re all inferior to him.

    Honestly had Manziel been named the starter for the game this article would be about how its definitely a sign that he’ll be starting the season which was obvious to them all alone. Since it was Hoyer named starter the article is about how the game means nothing.

  16. tinbender2000 says: Aug 6, 2014 1:26 PM

    thepftpoet says: Aug 6, 2014 1:01 PM

    The best QB from the 2014 draft will undoubtedly be Teddy Bridgewater.

    I guess Pro Days shouldn’t be held above actual college game film.

    Teddy Bridgewater was easily the best QB coming out, and only the Minnesota Vikings could truly see it.
    The guy can’t complete a pass to save his life without gloves, in good weather. You call that an NFL quarterback?

  17. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 6, 2014 1:28 PM

    The brief clips tv has shown, Johnny doesn’t look very good. Doesn’t help that he doesn’t have any WRs which is even more reason to start Hoyer. He will be better equipped to handle it.

    Alot of times the clips show the Defense touching him down then he throws the pass. If it were a real game he would be sacked.

  18. fourthand20 says: Aug 6, 2014 1:31 PM

    First Tebow getting pumped up by the press, now Manziel. Let the rookie earn the position.

  19. danflores93 says: Aug 6, 2014 1:33 PM

    You can throw Manziel out there if you want, it’ll only solidify Hoyer as the real starter.

  20. hyzers says: Aug 6, 2014 1:35 PM

    They would be smart not to let him on the field at the same time as Fairley and Suh…

  21. mrbigass says: Aug 6, 2014 1:43 PM

    I think Rice could take them….

  22. afcdomination says: Aug 6, 2014 1:46 PM

    I strongly believe that with Josh Gordon, Hoyer has no problem putting up pretty solid numbers. because Gordon is really just that good, I haven’t been so impressed with an opposing team’s WR in a long time.

    that said, without Gordon—Hoyer has to start first so he can inevitably fail. he will, fans will call for Johnny Football. and by week 6-8 at the latest you have a new starter in Cleveland.

  23. rbirving says: Aug 6, 2014 1:52 PM

    Browns and Vikings in the same situation.

    Smart money says neither rookie should start the season, let them get their feet wet in mop up first. Both of these teams start out against tough opponents and it wouldn’t do either of them any good to have their rookies knocked around to start off their careers.

    It’s not like either team is going to the SuperBowl this year…

  24. sparty0n says: Aug 6, 2014 2:01 PM

    Damn! Hoyer or the Lions D. Who do I root for?

  25. stoolerz says: Aug 6, 2014 2:13 PM

    4th quarter is so right about this being about a sham of a competition. Actually going to the Browns camp and reading media reports, Hoyer looks better than Manziel or the same each practice. Yet Manziel supposedly is closing the gap every day. If Manziel flops, it is entirely on Haslem’s shoulders. Doesn’t matter how they spin it, he was drafted because of the owner.

  26. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 6, 2014 2:18 PM

    Start Johnny in week 8 vs the Raiders, assuming Hoyer stays healthy until week 8. Gives Hoyer a fair shot and it also gives Johnny a chance to get really comfortable with the playbook. Also the first 7 games for the Browns are absolutely brutal against tough opponents and very stout defenses.

    Starting him vs the Raiders is a home game and a decent chance to get a win. I would also let Johnny get into those first 8 games if the situation is right. Makes the defenses prepare for both QBs also.

  27. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 6, 2014 2:26 PM

    Hoyer is a Patriot / Brady trained player who keeps his mouth shut and doesn’t give the media a lot of fodder.

    Manziel is every media person’s dream. Look at all the stories and manufactured “controversy” he’s created for them just since he’s been drafted.

    Any wonder why the media is pushing so hard for Manziel to get the job ?

  28. glasselephantkungfu says: Aug 6, 2014 2:51 PM

    Brandon Weeden started the first 2 games last year for the Browns

  29. grruffgrruff says: Aug 6, 2014 2:58 PM

    hey crazy, you got a change of heart all of a sudden. Nice to see some honest opinions instead of all the hate.

  30. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 6, 2014 3:13 PM


    No change of heart they still suck. Im just saying wait to start Johnny.

  31. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 6, 2014 3:43 PM

    I’d start Johnny after a competition regardless of how the competition ends up.

  32. peerjp says: Aug 6, 2014 4:20 PM

    Suh will piledrive this guy and end his season before it begins.

  33. audient says: Aug 6, 2014 4:33 PM

    I really want to see Hoyer play some games. But if Manziel bridges the gap and they’re even, don’t you declare that the future is now and start Manziel week one?

  34. rupp246 says: Aug 6, 2014 5:05 PM

    There is no way Manziel will start in game 1. Period.

  35. oldcracker says: Aug 6, 2014 5:56 PM

    The more you work for something, the more you appreciate it. If you’re the long-term plan, and the face of the franchise, act like it. Let Johnny earn the “right” to start, even if he’s outplaying Hoyer.

  36. excessivedrinking says: Aug 6, 2014 9:06 PM

    The Brownies will have yet another double digit losing season. Guaranteed. At least they are used to it.

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