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Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer will split starter reps Monday

Rex Grossman, Connor Shaw, Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer AP

You want more Johnny Manziel? We’ve got more Johnny Manziel for you.

Browns coach Mike Pettine said he wouldn’t decide who was starting Monday’s game against Washington until Thursday, but that his celebrity rookie and Brian Hoyer would split reps with the first team.

“The bottom line coming out of the game is that they both should get close to equal reps with the ones no matter who starts,” Pettine said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Johnny’s going to get reps with the ones, Just to me, the factor of starting the game I think is a little bit overblown in this situation because we’re going to try to balance the reps with the ones in the game, so I don’t think it was anything that, Brian came in ahead. It’s a little overrated who trots out there for the first time.”

Sure it is. That’s why it’s a topic every day in Browns camp, with Manziel and Hoyer alternating days with the starters.

So Pettine isn’t naive, and understands why Manziel helped the NFL Network set a ratings record.

“I think the phenomenon still surprises all of us, but we want attention on this team because we’re a good football team and we’re winning games,” Pettine said. “It’s nice to have the media attention here, but we want to get to the point where it’s for the right reasons.”

It certainly appears that no matter how much Pettine seems to be fighting it, the arrow is pointing straight toward Johnny Football. Making him compete for a job isn’t a bad thing, but the scales seem to keep tipping his way.

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25 Responses to “Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer will split starter reps Monday”
  1. httr123 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:33 PM

    REDSKINS

  2. 4thquartermagic says: Aug 12, 2014 1:33 PM

    Seriously. We all know how this is going to end.

  3. floratiotime says: Aug 12, 2014 1:36 PM

    It must suck to be Hoyer. Now not only does he have to put up with Johnny Vegas … but he gets RGDiva too. Talk about a bad day at the office.

  4. bucrightoff says: Aug 12, 2014 1:37 PM

    Manziel is the key to getting Winston or Mariotta or Hundley next year. He’ll be starting the whole year and then up to Canada after that.

  5. frenchysgoldfish says: Aug 12, 2014 1:38 PM

    Johnny starts Opening Day vs. Steelers. Johnny runs Opening Day vs. Steelers. Johnny undergoes concussion protocol Opening Day vs. Steelers.

  6. learysdisciples says: Aug 12, 2014 1:48 PM

    I pine for the day of multiple Brett Favre stories. Johnny Football is a tool and doesn’t deserve the media coverage.

  7. Brown Anchor says: Aug 12, 2014 1:50 PM

    ^^^^That’s funny :) And I’m a Browns fan.^^^^

  8. weepingjebus says: Aug 12, 2014 1:50 PM

    I like to think back to all those other times that a drafted player made dollar sign motions with his hand while walking to the podium, and how well they all worked out.

  9. dawgpoundjedi says: Aug 12, 2014 1:55 PM

    I love all these national guys who keep thinking it’s inevitable that Johnny is our starter.

    Someone on local radio this morning phrased it perfectly – Hoyer hasn’t exactly pulled away from Johnny, but Johnny hasn’t outright won it, either. And in a close competition like that, the veteran is going to get the nod.

  10. 49erfan44 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:59 PM

    It has begun!

  11. george1859 says: Aug 12, 2014 2:02 PM

    I’m more interested in the 3rd stringer.
    After Manziel gets freight trained and broken into a million pieces, and Hoyer sprains a finger nail, who’s really gonna QB this team for the 14′ season??

  12. noburghfan says: Aug 12, 2014 2:02 PM

    Just quit talking about it , start him at QB , and
    keep in for the whole game at skins .If he survives that , repeat until he gets carted off . Simple !

  13. PokeSalad says: Aug 12, 2014 2:10 PM

    We need all the Johnny Football we can get! The dude is MONEY

  14. touchdowntommytupa says: Aug 12, 2014 2:24 PM

    Brian Hoyer has started 4 total games in the NFL… One of which he ended his season with the most un-athletic slide in the history of pro sports… He has thrown only one more touchdown than interceptions and in 4 starts he is 87 for 149 on completions…

    oh… and he has been cut by 3 other teams…

    I’m still missing how he is “the experienced veteran quarterback” that all the Hoyer supporters keep tauting…

  15. bensstinkyfingers says: Aug 12, 2014 2:28 PM

    Johnny will soon “wreck the league” starting with the Stealers on opening day! Money$$$$

  16. touchdowntommytupa says: Aug 12, 2014 2:42 PM

    Oh… and for all you folks talking about Johnny getting crushed and injured… Obviously you don’t watch much college football… Manziel never missed a start at A&M in two years… He is tough and plays banged up and wins… If A&M had some semblance of a defense the last two years they would have dominated the SEC…

    Sorry to break the news to you all but Johnny will be like a young Brett Farve… Never quit and do whatever it takes to win

  17. samsonight1010 says: Aug 12, 2014 5:05 PM

    I think he did enough to merit this, Hoyer by no means looked like a clear-cut starter

  18. fairhooker43 says: Aug 12, 2014 7:30 PM

    I can’t believe all browns fans that want Johnny to start. Especially, first 3 games can you say 0-3. Hoyer gives them a chance to win a couple of those games. He’s not second coming of Otto Graham but he’s a lot wiser than Johnny Sideshow!

  19. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 12, 2014 8:29 PM

    That always works.

    FAIL

  20. mrfrostyj says: Aug 12, 2014 8:39 PM

    Who cares about Manziel and Hoyer. The real story of Mondays’ game is Rex Grossman vs Colt McCoy in the “It’s not you, it’s me” bowl of dumped QB’s vs their old team.

  21. wallabear says: Aug 12, 2014 9:10 PM

    I would sit both Hoyer and Manziel and make Rex Grossman starter. Grossman is ONE OF THE FEW of the current crop of QBs in the NFL who has a Super Bowl (win or loss) on his resume.

  22. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 12, 2014 9:55 PM

    “Excuse me, but did you say Johnny Football helped set a NFLN ratings record?
    Sincerely, Jerry Jones

  23. clevelandrocks73 says: Aug 12, 2014 11:00 PM

    Steelers last place in AFCN this year

  24. jimsnchz says: Aug 12, 2014 11:25 PM

    Splitting reps is a sure way to have 2 guys not ready for the opener. Grossman may be the best option now. The old saying “If you have 2 you really have none”, what if you have 3?

  25. billsfan1 says: Aug 12, 2014 11:37 PM

    How can you be winning games when the season has yet to start

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