QB who played for both thinks Kyle Shanahan’s like Bill Belichick

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The 49ers are willing to wait for Kyle Shanahan, and one of his former quarterbacks thinks it’s a decision that will pay off handsomely for them.

Via Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com, veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer said working with Shanahan reminded him of his time in New England working under Bill Belichick.

Hoyer started 13 games for the Browns in 2014 with Shanahan as his offensive coordinator (going 7-6 as a starter), and spent his first three seasons with the Patriots.

“For me, you just know those two, when you see them in the building, they’re constantly thinking about football,” Hoyer said. “That’s the one thing I really admired about Kyle. You knew when he was there, he was putting the work in, that’s all he was focused on. He might walk by you in the hallway, and you’d say, ‘Hey what’s up, Kyle?’ and he’d keep walking.

“But that was because he’s working on third down or he’s worried about the red area. To me, his total commitment, his mind, he’s always thinking about it. That’s why I made the comparison. Bill was the same way. You’d see him in the hallway, ‘Hey Bill,’ and he’d just look up, and nod, and keep going. You knew he had so much he was thinking about.”

Hoyer also said the two share a perfectionist bent.

“There’s nothing fake about that, he wants everything be to perfect,” Hoyer said. “We’d be going over game plans and he’d be like, ‘I have it studied to a point where I pretty much know what they’ll call on third down. Just trust me, don’t worry about the percentages, I’ll take care of that. I just want you to execute the play.’”

Whether Shanahan can replicate the success he’s having on offense in Atlanta now, or Belichick’s sustained excellence, remains to be seen. But Hoyer’s also about to become a free agent, and buttering up a guy who will needed a quarterback or two can’t hurt.

20 responses to “QB who played for both thinks Kyle Shanahan’s like Bill Belichick

  1. WOW! I’m like Bill Belichick too!

    When my co-workers see me in our building they too know that I’m thinking football. Unfortunately I work in the automotive industry but still….me and Coach Belichick are one in the same!

  2. Nobody is like Belichick. The man’s football brain will need to be preserved and studied. His personell choices, his game planning, his half time adjustments, his defensive schemes, have never been seen before.

  3. Shanahan got 7 wins in Cleveland. With Hoyer at QB. Well maybe it’s too early to compare him to the genius in NE but he’s reached miracle worker status.

  4. Dont get the hate on Hoyer. Hes one of best backup QBs in the league. He looked fine in CLE HOU and CHI. Dont think so? How did all the QBs that followed him look? Got to playoffs with Houston and almost with the Browns. Ill take his word because he must have some smarts lasting w Belichick all those years and winning some games as a starter with his physical limits and poor surroundings. Maybe hell land in SF (unless hes under contract). I dont think any of their 3 would be on Shannys list. Hoyer would be a decent stopgap for whatever rookie QB Shanny decides should be his future QB. Hyde is going to see a big boost as well from Shanahans blocking scheme.

  5. steelerben says:
    Jan 19, 2017 12:36 PM
    Kyle Shanahan is like Bill Belichick in one important way, an unsuccessful first head coaching job.
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    BB is still the last HC of the Browns to win a playoff game. I’m not sure if I’d call that unsuccessful.

    Was it BB’s fault that Art Modell secretly made a deal to move to Baltimore mid season and leave BB to coach the team and handle the media and fan fallout all by himself?

    Baltimore could be the best franchise in the NFL going on 21 years had Art not screwed it up. I truly am sorry to all the fans of Cleveland that got screwed in that deal. But I am truly thankful that we have BB and Baltimore doesn’t.

  6. imodan | Jan 19, 2017, 12:14 PM EST
    Shanahan got 7 wins in Cleveland. With Hoyer at QB. Well maybe it’s too early to compare him to the genius in NE but he’s reached miracle worker status.

    Let’s start slower like having your first 10 years with no losing seasons two super bowl appearances with one victory……something even Belicheat hasn’t done . But wait Pat’s fans don’t recognize the accomplishments unless they are done by a Pat….my bad please excuse me.

  7. edelmanfanclub says:
    Jan 19, 2017 12:28 PM
    Dont get the hate on Hoyer. Hes one of best backup QBs in the league.

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    Yes, one of the best BACKUPS! Thing is, he thinks he’s a starter. Thus the reason he’s been with so many teams. Ask BB and KS about that!

  8. Shanahan seems way overhyped. As an OC in the league in several locations, his teams averaged 16th overall in points scored. Middle of the pack despite the monster year the Falcons had in 2016.

  9. i wouldn’t bash hoyer on his take…he’s played for both, won with both. as far as his time w the browns…remember he was put in a tough situation with having drafted manziel, and that spectacle peering over his shoulder. career backup at best? highly certain. capable? yes. his opinion matters

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