Johnny Manziel put up better numbers during the pre-season but the Cleveland Browns decided that the college football star wasn’t quite ready for the NFL. The Browns announced today that they will be starting Brian Hoyer on week one.
BREAKING: Brian Hoyer to lead Browns, named starting quarterback. pic.twitter.com/EGKWJ5t2pZ
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 20, 2014
Manziel was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the first pick of this year’s draft and many people suspected that Johnny Football would lead the Browns onto the field this season. But after a subpar pre-season, and an immature middle finger incident, the Browns decided that Hoyer would be the starter.
The Browns write: “Ultimately, Hoyer’s biggest advantages are that he has played in the NFL for five years and the leadership qualities he has displayed.”
To all the people that drafted Johnny Manziel early in their draft. Ha. Ha. #JohnnyNotReady
— Spencer Shaw (@spencerTshaw) August 20, 2014
No one cares about Johnny Football why is it all over espn. He’s a backup that’s where he should always belong #JohnnyNotReady
— Garrett Coop (@GCoop_2013) August 20, 2014
— Casey Unger™ (@Caunger11) August 20, 2014
I wonder if the Manziel family will trademark “Johnny Benchwarmer” too #JohnnyNotReady
— Sean Green (@editorsean) August 20, 2014
— Rick Duncan (@richardduncan) August 20, 2014
It was an ugly battle between Hoyer and Manziel. Neither quarterback showed that they were ready to start in the NFL but Coach Mike Pettine felt that Hoyer’s experience made him the safer of the two choices.
Pettine said: “He was the clear leader from the beginning. 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 suffered a season-ending injury last year and Coach Pettine said that he was impressed by Hoyer’s ability to get himself back into NFL shape.
Pettine added: “I think a lot of people discount that. Here’s a guy coming off of a season-ending knee injury. Really, these are his first, essentially, 20-25 plays of live work back from it, and he’s only going to get better.”
Hoyer may have experience, he may have poise, he may have shown fortitude during the off-season, but he’ll need to put up some bigger numbers if he wants to keep the starting position.
#Johnnynotready Baloney! Let The Kid Play! Let Johnny Football Prove The Doubters Wrong! They can always lose with Hoyer. This is Cleveland
— REBEL TV® (@REBELTV) August 20, 2014
Terrible decision! Gotta go with the young horse that’s breathing life n swag to Da franchise #Johnnynotready
— Wegotitsewn (@Wegotitsewn) August 20, 2014
No way, give Manziel a chance he is going to be the franchise QB #JohnnyNotReady
— Ferrell Will (@filliamwerrell) August 20, 2014
Manziel will be the starting QB in Cleveland at some point this season if he can just keep his mouth shut and work hard. Of course, that might be difficult for Johnny Football.
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