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Hoyer or Manziel? Does it matter?

Mike Greco • Aug 15, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Now that Browns coach Mike Pettine named Brian Hoyer the starting quarterback against the Washington Redskins Monday what does that mean?

It means that Brian Hoyer is the starting quarterback in the second preseason game.

Now with that being said, the significance is Hoyer has a definite edge entering the Sept. 7 game at Pittsburgh as the team’s starting QB.

But it appears rookie Johnny Manziel will get the same amount of snaps with the first team Monday night.

This “quarterback controversy” has been going on since training camp opened in late July.

We’ve heard constant reports daily.

I get it. I’m not a curmudgeon. I know the world we live in with social media.

But I’m not sure what the significance is of Hoyer throwing a touchdown or interception in a practice. The same goes for Manziel.

Or that receiver Willie Snead makes a nice running catch in practice.

The bottom line is what happens on the field is the one who is going to start at QB.

That means leading the team to touchdowns and not field goals.

That means keeping the chains moved. That means making a key third-down throw. That means limiting mistakes.

I still think Hoyer will open as the starting QB at Pittsburgh.

It seems Pettine and the staff will name the starter for the opener early next week.

I’m a Cleveland Browns fan. I have been since the late 1970s.

I want them to succeed and with just two winning seasons since 1999, this is ridiculous.

I want Brian Hoyer to do well. I want Johnny Manziel to do well.

I want Donte Whitner to do well. I want Karlos Dansby to do well. I want John Greco (not just because of the surname either) to do well.

I want the team do well.

At the end of the play, it’s about a team winning — not a position.

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