Now that Brian Hoyer has been named the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns in the season opener at Pittsburgh Sept. 7 it’s time to move on.
I must admit I was surprised coach Mike Pettine made that announcement Wednesday morning, considering the subpar performance of the veteran at Washington Monday.
At the same time, I’m sure he wanted to get Hoyer as many reps wit the first team as possible in the “dress rehearsal” game Saturday against the St. Louis Rams.
Ultimately, Hoyer has the experience and leadership qualities for a quarterback.
In just a small sample last season, he did lead a eventual four-win to two.
Now, it’s time to get the offense going.
Ultimately, the Browns are going to have win offensively with running the ball, strong blocking up front and enough passes to get the job done.
Depending on wide receiver’s Josh Gordon’s status, look for tight end Jordan Cameron a lot.
The Browns aren’t likely going to pile up 40 or 50 points per game, say like New England or Denver can.
But that’s OK, if they can win.
Just because Hoyer was named starter, that doesn’t mean it’s a concrete decision.
He has to go out and prove it every week.
That means not throwing picks against the Steelers and leading his team into the endzone.
The Browns have just an opener just once since 1999 and have lost in bizarre ways.
That usually sets the tone for the season, especially this year against a division rival.
Backup Johnny Manziel may be a very good QB in the future, but he’s just not ready.
And not just because of his bird gesture Monday night.
Manziel needs time to develop and learn, but he’s part of the future.