A day after his own target date, new Browns head coach Mike Pettine made his final decision on the quarterback controversy, choosing veteran Brian Hoyer over spark-plug rookie Johnny Manziel. The news comes two days after Manziel made national headlines for simply giving the middle finger to the Washington Redskins bench. Pettine made it clear from the start that Hoyer was the favorite and if the quarterback race remained too close, he would go with the more experienced player. After two straight less-than-impressive performances by both Hoyer and Manziel, Coach Pettine finally pulled the trigger.
Despite any naysayers, Brian Hoyer is the right choice for the Browns team in their current situation. With the recent history surrounding Cleveland and their quarterbacks, it only makes sense to give Johnny Football time to grow as the more experienced Hoyer takes a turn at the helm. The Browns first three games are against three likely contenders in Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and Baltimore. That fire is too hot to toss Manziel into this soon. With the Josh Gordon suspension fiasco still looming, the Browns offense is already facing uncertainties this season.
With a plethora of running backs now on the team, the Browns will likely be more of a smash-mouth running team than a passing squad. Ben Tate, Terrance West, and Dion Lewis will look to provide Hoyer as much help as possible, and hopefully Hoyer can capitalize on the opportunity. There’s already rumblings surrounding Pettine’s decision, calling it an excuse to hold Manziel off until Week 5 — the week after the Browns’ bye week.
Whatever the final decision may be, it’s Hoyer Time in Cleveland now and Manziel Mania will be taking a back seat for the foreseeable future.