Pettine: Browns to name starting QB by third preseason game


Johnny Manziel or Brian Hoyer?

According to coach Mike Pettine, we’ll have a winner of the Browns’ QB derby in about a month.

In a Q&A published Monday, Pettine told the Akron Beacon Journal the club will pick a starting quarterback by Cleveland’s August 23 preseason game vs. St. Louis.

“I don’t know if I’ll set a date and kind of paint ourselves into a date, but it will be sooner than the third preseason game,” Pettine told Nate Ulrich of the Beacon Journal.

Teams typically play their starters more in the third exhibition game than in any of the other preseason contests, so if the Browns stick to the plan, the No. 1 quarterback will get an extended stint with the first-team offense in an important dress rehearsal for Cleveland.

Hoyer, a sixth-year pro who attended high school in Cleveland, will try to hold off the rookie Manziel, a first-round pick and the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.

69 responses to “Pettine: Browns to name starting QB by third preseason game

  1. Go Manziel I hope you win it and show how great of a qb you are and prove Hoyer a 7-6 td:int ratio is really the overrated guy! Go Johnny we support you!

  2. Hoyer played really well before he got hurt, so there’s no question he should start. Manziel is flashy but lets face it, he’s not going to thrive if he continues to run around and act like this is college ball. NFL defenses will destroy him

  3. The “Ryan Leaf 2” era is set to begin.

    Only question remains is… how long before they admit drafting “Johnny Cocaine” was a mistake and yank him?

  4. LeBron returns and Cavs sell out season tickets in 8 hours. Browns owner just shells out $152 million for Pilot/Flying J. Such a wonder who will it be?

  5. Hoyer deserves the early nod. But really– what do you have to lose by starting Manziel? You’re looking at 6-10 at most anyway.

  6. Amazing that no one is talking about Connor Shaw. 24 TDs and only 1 INT last year without a receiver who was 6’6 like Johnny Bieber had last year at A&M.

  7. Did I miss something here? I thought the job was Hoyer’s to lose. Man, looks like a rug pull in Cleveland. Just remember…once you take Johnny and start him, you can NEVER go back, for it’s an admission to the world by Cleveland GM and HA that the Browns blew yet another 1st rounder on a QB that didn’t pan out. But if you pick Johnny, you are also telling Hoyer to take a hike. But we all know Johnny is ready to go to the pro-bowl, given his large blocks of time for partying. Yeah, right (wink wink). Here’s pulling for Hoyer!

  8. Would you prefer to drive a flashy new Lamborghini or a slightly dinged 2010 Nissan Altima? The Altima is safe and will get you from A to B, but the Lamborghini offers thrills and maybe some risks.

  9. I really thought the Browns would fix up their team this offseason, but they screwed up everything and now they have Johnny Vegas on their team. It doesn’t matter who starts, because either way they’ll have first overall pick next year and draft Jameis Winston

  10. Rooting for Hoyer.

    Not a big Manziel fan. For these reasons :
    1. Not Very Big
    2. Wreckless with his body and the ball.
    3. Not Focused enough.
    4. History of being a problem. (Manning camp, alcohol, etc)
    5. He’s all about himself.

  11. Who Cares! What we do know is the browns starter will lose a lot more than he wins regardless of who starts the most games this year. Put Modell in the HOF or suffer the losing curse until then.

    Signed Baltimore Browns 2Xsuperbowl champs!!!

  12. It would be really interesting if both looked absolutely dreadful during the first 3 games but Connor Shaw looks like a megastar, will Pettine name him the starter then? 🙂

  13. Am I the only one that wants to puke when I hear these four words “Cleveland Browns quarterback controversy”… Good god it’s like a broken record

  14. “Hoyer will be the starting QB at the start of the season”. Coaches are so so full of it. Pettine’s folding up like a paper towel to the pressure to start Manziel. A disaster in the making.

  15. Isn’t that what every NFL team does that doesn’t have a clear cut number one?

  16. Browns would be stupid to not start Hoyer he actually played decent before he got injured and personally I still dont think JM will make it in the NFL

  17. Seasons don’t generally go well for teams who have waited until the 3rd week of preseason to select a starting QB.

    Manziel is likely to get popped for cocaine possession well before then anyway.

  18. Does anyone really believe Hoyer is going to start?

    This will be the most anti-climactic announcement of all time…

  19. This is Hoyer’s year to earn, while it is Manziel’s year to learn.

    Don’t underestimate Connor Shaw, either.

  20. Come on Brian. Beat out Johnny “mouth of the south” Manziel. I want to see Johnny’s year of holding a clip board documented on social media.

  21. I hope hoyer comes out and wins the job. Let johnny sit and learn how to be a pro. If hoyer struggles out of the gate hopefully johnny will be ready to go by time to get ready for the titans after the bye. I’m to the point as a browns fan I could careless which name is on the back of their qb’s jersey I just want one who can win. Go Browns!!!!!

  22. footballguy5 says:

    Hoyer played really well before he got hurt, so there’s no question he should start.

    Perhaps you should wait until Manziel takes at least his first NFL snap and goes to his first training camp before anointing anyone the starter.

  23. LOL @ the emotion that Manziel stirs, pretty amazing. I reckon Brian Hoyer will be the starter, and I’m Ok with that. The thing is, though, with the Oline and now (hopefully) running game Cleveland has either guy could probably be at least marginally successful.

  24. Only way Manziel starts is if Hoyer gets injured during the pre-season or he looks BETTER in the pre season than he did in college.

    Manziel is 21 and to put him in week 1 vs Pittsburghs defense (even as iffy as they are right now) at Pittsburgh’s painted dirt field he better be the second coming of Joe Montana. Hoyer not only played well last season but he used to be a Steeler. On top of that the Browns owner Haslam takes these Steelers games (A team he used to be part owner of) very personally IE loosing to Pittsburgh I’m pretty sure got Pat Shurmur fired, so “win now” has a different meaning in this game. When your boss is as competitive as what Haslam is you don’t start a guy due to “jersey sales” or “draft status” which reportedly is what got Chud fired.

  25. Why do people think Hoyer has already been declared the starter? No, no he hasn’t.

    But I hope like hell that he wins the job & keeps it. I’m in Manziel’s corner as long as he’s a Brown, but I say sit & learn the kid. I’ll be in heaven if Hoyer is a healthy starter all season.

    If this regime makes decisions based on idiot fans and jersey sales then they deserve to be canned like the last 800 we’ve had since ’99.

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