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Steelers’ defense preparing to face both Manziel and Hoyer


Brian Hoyer will start at quarterback for the Browns against the Steelers on Sunday, but he’s not the only quarterback the Steelers’ defense is preparing to face.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says he thinks Johnny Manziel will play on Sunday, and the Steelers have to be ready for that.

We anticipate them using both in some capacity, and I think that’s the appropriate approach for us to take,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin coached Hoyer briefly when Hoyer spent some time on the Steelers’ roster in 2012, and Tomlin said he has always thought highly of Hoyer as a smart, well-prepared quarterback. But the Steelers also have to be ready for the threat Manziel brings, particularly as a runner.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all that [Hoyer] is the guy they’ve chosen to go with,” said Tomlin, “but that being said, we have a great deal of respect for Johnny Manziel and his talents and what he did to get to this point in his career. We fully expect them to utilize him in some capacity in this football game. They didn’t draft him in the first round to watch, and we understand that.”

The possibility of a two-quarterback system makes the Browns one of the NFL’s more unpredictable offenses heading into Week One. Tomlin doesn’t know exactly what to expect against Cleveland, but he does expect to see Johnny Football, and not just Johnny Clipboard.

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39 Responses to “Steelers’ defense preparing to face both Manziel and Hoyer”
  1. 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: Sep 2, 2014 6:47 PM

    We welcome the “challenge.” LOL

  2. denverdude7 says: Sep 2, 2014 6:48 PM

    Having two quarterbacks means you actually have none.

  3. theaints says: Sep 2, 2014 6:49 PM

    Tomlin needs to worry more about facing Hoyer and Manziel than he does about The Aints later this season.

  4. gadgetking2010 says: Sep 2, 2014 6:49 PM

    but neither Cleveland QB has a legit #1 or #2 WR to throw the ball to

  5. redandgoldhitman52 says: Sep 2, 2014 6:53 PM

    the steelers and their cheating coach will start the season 0-1

  6. noburghfan says: Sep 2, 2014 6:56 PM

    Tomlin is hoping , JM plays !

  7. excessivedrinking says: Sep 2, 2014 6:58 PM

    So the preparation is 2 and 14 versus 3 and 13?

  8. steelers4385 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:00 PM

    Tomlin reminds me of Obama. Great with words, but lacks the actual knowledge of the “getting it done” factor.

  9. clownsfan says: Sep 2, 2014 7:00 PM

    What I mean is why game plan that much for the Browns?

  10. 3yardsndust says: Sep 2, 2014 7:01 PM

    Cleveland: As the porcelain bowl spins…

  11. mysterytonite says: Sep 2, 2014 7:05 PM

    Preparing for Manziel: “Keep that guy away from my cocaine”!

  12. ubepunkedagain says: Sep 2, 2014 7:11 PM

    I don’t know. A healthy Miles Austin and Jordan Cameron seem like pretty good receivers to me. I think the Browns plan on pounding the rock now that they don’t have Richardson dancing in the backfield.

  13. billytodd2013blbaad says: Sep 2, 2014 7:11 PM

    when will teams realize having 2 qb’s never works and is just a recipe for disaster! Choose one and stick with him win or lose, besides it’s the Browns what do they have to lose, not like they can get any worse.

  14. loyalraven says: Sep 2, 2014 7:13 PM

    No, what Pittsburgh’s Defense needs to do is prepare for this 4th place season they’re about to put up.


  15. The Steelers are embarking on The March®. The league trembles. Goodell and his goons will stop at nothing to halt our 7th and final Super Bowl victory. They will fail. SFL 2015 is God's will. We must restore the game we invented. March® with us. #7 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:16 PM

    A lot of jealous haters in here (as usual). You guys are pretty pathetic. How many rings do you have?

    49er fan: the last time your team won a SB, the first web browsers were released.

    Saints fan: Pull up a stool at your teams trophy case and talk to it a little. It’s lonely.

    Given excessivedrinking’s name, it’s safe to assume he’s a Browns fan. It’s going to be okay.

  16. 6ball says: Sep 2, 2014 7:20 PM

    All four teams in the AFC North would appear to have a fair shot to win the division.

  17. 12thman84 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:36 PM

    What about TEBOW?

    GO Hawks!

  18. tigershark0052 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:48 PM

    Steelers suck LOL

  19. SAV says: Sep 2, 2014 7:55 PM

    Steelers better handle those clowns.

  20. ohiostatefootballsucks2014 says: Sep 2, 2014 8:10 PM

    Steelers 30 Browns 6 is my prediction.

  21. nivekred says: Sep 2, 2014 8:12 PM

    If I am not mistaken there are only 2 teams with no losing seasons since 2003 Patriots and the Steelers. Seems like the Steelers have been rebuilding the last couple years, most teams have horrible losing seasons while rebuilding the Steelers go 8-8.

  22. youreinthejunglebaby says: Sep 2, 2014 8:19 PM

    So…they’re all on vacation in the Bahamas?

  23. thefox61 says: Sep 2, 2014 8:21 PM

    A dual QB backfield? Kinda like an anti-wildcat offense…

  24. steelcurtainn says: Sep 2, 2014 8:25 PM

    Its going to be a long day for either one of these Brown qbs.

  25. The Steelers are embarking on The March®. The league trembles. Goodell and his goons will stop at nothing to halt our 7th and final Super Bowl victory. They will fail. SFL 2015 is God's will. We must restore the game we invented. March® with us. #7 says: Sep 2, 2014 8:44 PM

    God bless the Steeler Nation. There will be more Steeler Jerseys worn on Sunday than any other team. #fact

  26. citizenstrange says: Sep 2, 2014 8:57 PM

    On Sunday the Steelers are favored by 6.5 at home against the Browns.

    The Steelers have lost their last three openers in a row by an average score of 27-11.

    Last year they lost their opener AT HOME to Jake Locker and the Titans 16-9. JAKE LOCKER!

    That’s just how “appropriately” Tomlin gets the team prepared.

  27. brynebrywilkerb0310 says: Sep 2, 2014 8:59 PM

    I see Stealer fans are still living in their 70’s hayday. Let’s keep it real fella’s. Your defense is not an elite defense and can be beaten. Offensively, it comes down to whether or not the Blunt brothers suit up for the game. Stop living in yesteryear, and understand that you went to the same playoffs last year that the Browns went to.

  28. ytownjoe says: Sep 2, 2014 9:01 PM

    The Browns have their hands full getting one QB ready.

  29. pats777 says: Sep 2, 2014 9:07 PM

    Miles Austin will be on IR by halftime.

  30. tebowbrokesteelers says: Sep 2, 2014 9:16 PM

    Tim Tebow broke the steelers as they have not had a winning season and o playoff appearances since. They are 8-8 because they play the browns twice the Bills the Jaguars, the Raiders the Titans I mean c’mon man look what happens when they play the Bears , Patriots, you know, Good Teams

  31. mortwannabe says: Sep 2, 2014 9:24 PM

    As a Bears fan we have more rings than you. Thanks for asking! #fact

  32. steelwarrior36 says: Sep 2, 2014 9:40 PM

    why do they keep talking about the irrelevant browns quarterbacks.
    The only qb who matters in this game is the one who is 16-1 against the browns.
    By late afternoon sunday he will be 20-1 against much hated clev brownies.

  33. brynebrywilkerb0310 says: Sep 2, 2014 9:43 PM

    I see Stealer fans are trying to characterize last years 8 and 8 record as a rebuilding year??? They’re rebuilding yet have the 23rd oldest team in the NFL. Be true to thine own selves Oh Jacketh of Lambert’s. The Stealers are about to embark on another Bubby Brister-like slide to the bottom of the NFL.

  34. joemammy says: Sep 2, 2014 10:03 PM

    Gee…I sure hope Mike Tomlin doesn’t threaten to “unleash hell,” again.

    Of course, the last time he did that, the towel-wavers got thrashed by the Browns and the Raiders…

  35. erick670 says: Sep 2, 2014 10:38 PM

    u haters kill me it wasent only the 70,s that we won superbowls remember superbowl 40 and 43 idiots use your head before u speak

  36. blacknyellablacknyella says: Sep 2, 2014 11:20 PM

    I love opening up with a bye week.

  37. RegisHawk says: Sep 3, 2014 4:52 AM

    Hey Tomlin! Great job suspending those two pot-heads. Takes a lot of courage to stand by your statement like that…oops.

  38. neverwave says: Sep 3, 2014 10:43 AM

    Hey Regis Hawk! If the Steelers suspended them it would violate the collective bargaining agreement. So even if Tomlin wanted to, it’s not going to happen.

  39. wiseone50 says: Sep 3, 2014 10:53 AM

    As a Browns fan, I think we have a decent shot at winning the opener- we’ll have to wait and see. With all the new pieces and parts there’s no way to tell yet.

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