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Pettine acknowledges Hoyer needs to get better

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Brian Hoyer had a mediocre performance in his first game after being named the Browns’ starting quarterback. Browns coach Mike Pettine acknowledged that Hoyer has to be better.

In the preseason game against the Rams on Saturday night, Hoyer led just one scoring drive despite playing into the third quarter — and that scoring drive covered only 37 yards, and came after the Rams had pulled most of their defensive starters. Hoyer completed 10 of 16 passes for 84 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, and he lost a fumble.

“Brian knows he needs to get better, needs more live-game reps, and that’s the one positive thing about having a short week, we know we didn’t play well, but we can go out there Thursday and get the bad taste out of our mouths,” Pettine said, via Cleveland.com.

Now the question is how much time Hoyer has to get better. Pettine has said the Browns might design a package of plays for Johnny Manziel, and if the offense runs more effectively while Manziel is on the field, that package of plays may become the Browns’ base offense, and Hoyer may find himself the first quarterback benched in the NFL this year.

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  1. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 25, 2014 6:39 AM

    There’s the understatement of the year. Hoyer sucks and is getting exposed for why he’s been a career backup.

    I don’t know what Pettine is watching but Johnny is out playing Hoyer. You know when your only positive over Johnny is experience that won’t last for very long.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if this control freak after Johnny ran in for the TD for him to tell Shanahan to put in plays they know Johnny wouldn’t be successful at to not show up the head coach for his moronic decision to start Hoyer

  2. wryly1 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:41 AM

    Hoyer needs to improve, but Manziel is far from ready to start in the NFL. Probably the least ready of all the rookie QB’s taken in rd1.

  3. seabreezes51 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:43 AM

    Paving the way for the Savior.

  4. eagleswin says: Aug 25, 2014 6:53 AM

    For the love of god, do not go with the dreaded “package of plays”. Either he’s your starting QB or he’s not your starting QB.

    The starting QB in these situations already knows he’s lost the job when you do that so why prolong the agony?

  5. dlw492 says: Aug 25, 2014 6:54 AM

    Manziel > Hoyer

  6. deerhuntinfool71 says: Aug 25, 2014 7:01 AM

    This team is once again a letdown. Looks really inconsistant. Reality is setting in. (

  7. clownsfan says: Aug 25, 2014 7:06 AM

    Only Browns fan would expect an undrafted back up w/4 career starts to ball out. Hoyer never was the answer.

  8. 9thrty3 says: Aug 25, 2014 7:08 AM

    Thanks Captain Obvious.

  9. 1952vikefan says: Aug 25, 2014 7:09 AM

    I’ll bet hoyer wishes he had Turner as his offensive coordinator still

  10. tvjules says: Aug 25, 2014 7:11 AM

    With the first pick in the 2015, the Browns select…
    Jamis Winston.

  11. floriospftflunkies says: Aug 25, 2014 7:14 AM

    Hoyer get better? thats impossible, he’s a BEAST!!!..will definitely contend for NFL MVP, guaranteed

  12. Indybear says: Aug 25, 2014 7:20 AM

    News flash. Everyone needs to get better.

  13. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 25, 2014 7:37 AM

    LOL, Browns fans were just so sure Hoyer was the answer. How many times have you had your hopes shattered?

  14. detroitdawg says: Aug 25, 2014 7:49 AM

    Going in to the season I was optimistic about their quarterbacks. After watching these last three games, I’ve come to a conclusion that were about to watch the same thing we have been for the past 15 years. Another season with terrible quarterback play.

  15. crashlion says: Aug 25, 2014 7:49 AM

    Tim Tebow approves of this message.

  16. ctiggs says: Aug 25, 2014 7:50 AM

    Pettine needs to trade for Mallet, Sanchez because clearly hoyer and manBUST are not that good. #Nobodyhasitbetter

  17. kosarkid says: Aug 25, 2014 7:55 AM

    I’m thinking Hoyer’s kicking himself for not signing that new contract now.

  18. justafan2014 says: Aug 25, 2014 7:58 AM

    Absurd.

  19. mikeyhigs says: Aug 25, 2014 8:03 AM

    I still think one of the biggest problems with this offense is Kyle Shanahan.

  20. kwjsb says: Aug 25, 2014 8:05 AM

    “Pettine acknowledges Hoyer needs to get better”

    Captain Obvious

  21. baddegg says: Aug 25, 2014 8:06 AM

    Hoyer’s play here is to try to play well enough to audition for another team. There is no way the Browns move up in the first to take Manziel and then not start him. It’s like RGIII in Washington.

    Like Cousins, the only chance Hoyer has is to play well in the 2-3 games he has so that he can get some trade or free agent offers down the line…

  22. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 25, 2014 8:07 AM

    Agreed. He sucks. They’re just throwing him out there so Manziel doesn’t get pummeled.

  23. coonsqualler says: Aug 25, 2014 8:08 AM

    I am more disappointed in the Defense…They SUCKED!!!!

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!

  24. denverdude7 says: Aug 25, 2014 8:18 AM

    The entire team from the owner on down needs to get better.

    From here it looks like The Factory of Sadness has added a night shift.

  25. barkymingo says: Aug 25, 2014 8:20 AM

    I’m a huge Browns fan and was really rooting for Hoyer to be that diamond in the rough that could help solidify the QB position. After watching that game Saturday, I have very little expectations for this coming season. I guess there’s a reason he’s been with 3-4 teams and hasn’t been able to hold on for any of them. Maybe he’s just not that good. I hope he proves me wrong though.

  26. justinharbaugh says: Aug 25, 2014 8:24 AM

    At his best, Johnny Football can be one of the most exciting players in the league. Hoyer can be Sage Rosenfels. Why is this such a big decision?

  27. conormacleod says: Aug 25, 2014 8:32 AM

    Wow. They have absolutely mismanaged their QB situation from the second they picked Manziel in the draft.

  28. niles6590 says: Aug 25, 2014 8:35 AM

    At this point, why not give Shaw a shot? What do we have to lose? The Browns didn’t break the bank to draft Manziel and Shaw looked sharp against the Washington team who’s name no one is allowed to say anymore. I find it funny how the coaches said there would be an open competition at QB this year but they only included two of the four they have wearing pads.

  29. mrbigass says: Aug 25, 2014 8:40 AM

    D’oh!

  30. fordmandalay says: Aug 25, 2014 8:41 AM

    Gee who would have guessed that a career journeyman who’s been with four teams in four years and who’s coming off a major knee injury would be mediocre at best? Still laughing at all the Browns fans who were cheering him as the new ‘franchise’ QB.

  31. billsfan1 says: Aug 25, 2014 8:49 AM

    SHould have picked a guy and had him garner 1st team reps all preseason…
    Hoyer was not an established starter so more reps would have made sense.

  32. Gordon says: Aug 25, 2014 8:49 AM

    Seems like a dumb move to have house as the starter. He’s played awful in preseason & he’s a career backup.

    I’m not a fan of Manziel, but if he’s your future franchise QB, why not just start him & take your licks now.

  33. youreinthejunglebaby says: Aug 25, 2014 9:09 AM

    Pettine is loving the spotlight isn’t he? Jeez, this guy doesn’t shut up about his sub-500 team.

  34. wayne1693 says: Aug 25, 2014 9:10 AM

    Why not just tell the truth about the ELEPHANT in the room: HOYER SUCKS!!!!

  35. whoisedgy says: Aug 25, 2014 9:21 AM

    Pettine needs to SHUT UP. Let Hoyer play himself in or out of the job. No need to offer commentary on a daily basis. Just coach your team.

  36. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 25, 2014 9:28 AM

    Every year for the Browns new coach, new QB, new hope, same results. You can’t progress with a clean slate every year.

  37. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 25, 2014 9:36 AM

    Oh, and new front office.

  38. indians4evr says: Aug 25, 2014 9:54 AM

    Weren’t the Browns 3-1 last year in the Pre-Season?

    We all will see in Pittsburgh on Sept 7

  39. campcouch says: Aug 25, 2014 10:13 AM

    Seemed like they were seriously righting the ship after 15 years of foolishness. Then they just got plain weird with the whole Manziel thing. It was like someone forced them to draft him. Don’t know the guy personally, could care less about him drinking on swans, but I do know that Johnny Manziel knowing 4 pages of the playbook is way better than Hoyer mastering the entire thing. He’ll be starting after the bye.

  40. ytownjoe says: Aug 25, 2014 10:14 AM

    After three pre-season games, this version of the Cleveland Browns is not as good as last year’s team. And that is really saying something. 2-14.

  41. bigjayler says: Aug 25, 2014 10:43 AM

    Jameis Winston 2015 you heard it here first

  42. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:49 AM

    One way Hoyer might get better, or at the very least more comfortable, would be for Manziel to stop conducting postgame press conferences.
    Hoyer is the starter.
    Manziel is the backup.
    Both should be treated as such.

  43. keltictim says: Aug 25, 2014 11:56 AM

    #shawtime

  44. newelldesigns says: Aug 25, 2014 12:07 PM

    Wouldn’t even be having this discussion if we picked Bridgewater instead of money man.

  45. bassplucker says: Aug 25, 2014 12:51 PM

    I have to think at least a couple of QBs will be cut this week who are better than anyone the Browns have on the roster right now.

  46. Matt dog from C-town says: Aug 25, 2014 12:57 PM

    everybody gets so excited about preseason…i make no judgements until the real deal!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 25, 2014 6:09 PM

    U think this pre-season is exciting? I must have been seeing things the first 3 games.

    My eyes don’t lie. 2-14. Inexplicably they will have a worse record this year than last year if Hoyer starts all 16 games and they will go 2-14 and won’t score more than 17 points in a game (referring to the offense wont, defensive TDs don’t count not that it will matter because they were a joke against the Rams backup QBs)

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