Browns coach Mike Pettine said what most people were thinking after Saturday night’s game against the Rams when he pointed out that quarterback Brian Hoyer needs to be better if he’s going to be the starting quarterback in Cleveland.
Pettine didn’t say that a lack of progress from Hoyer would put Johnny Manziel back into the mix for the starting job, but he didn’t really need to make that point explicit after already leaving the door open to Manziel playing a package of plays in games that Hoyer starts. That makes it sound like it is just a matter of time before Manziel is on top of the depth chart and General Manager Ray Farmer’s comment send a similar message.
“I think he is right where he’s supposed to be. I laugh because it’s four weeks into his first training camp and everyone is waiting to see Steve Young run out the tunnel. I don’t know where the reality in that lies,” Farmer said, via ESPN.com. “It’s like anything else. If you’re learning a foreign language, guess what, you’re not going to go to Spain tomorrow and in four weeks feel like you’re fluent in the language and just start talking. It just doesn’t happen like that. You may be able to communicate, but not effectively.”
Manziel surely hopes that he won’t have to wait as long as Young waited for his chance to become established as an NFL starter, a dream that should be helped by the fact that Hoyer doesn’t appear to be the second coming of Joe Montana.