The Cleveland Browns have made it official: they will start the NFL season with veteran Brian Hoyer as the starting QB and Johnny Manziel as the backup.
After weeks of speculation as to who the team’s starting QB would be, or even when that decision would be made, the Cleveland Browns have officially announced that Brian Hoyer would be the starter for the 2014 season. Rookie QB Johnny Manziel will be the backup.
“(Hoyer) was the clear leader from the beginning,” Browns head coach Mike Pettine said in a press release by the team. “We’ve maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room.”
Hoyer went 3-0 as a starter in 2013 before suffering a season-ending injury. Pettine felt that Hoyer’s experience was the key factor.
Hoyer struggled in Monday’s preseason game against Washington, going 2 of 6 for 16 yards with no TDs, but Manziel had similar struggles, going 7 of 16 for 65 yards and a TD but was sacked 3 times.
The Browns drafted Johnny Manziel aka Johnny Football, a former Heisman trophy winner out of Texas A&M, with the No. 22 pick in the 2014 NFL draft.