To be a QB in Columbus and Cleveland: Can Buckeyes win without Braxton?

The Buckeyes and Browns have issues at key position.
Mike Greco
Aug 19, 2014

 

Entering Monday, the quarterback situation in Columbus and Cleveland looked a whole lot better than it is today.

Now, it’s a mess for the Buckeyes and Browns.

First, in Columbus, Braxton Miller is out the for season with a shoulder injury during a non-contact portio of practice Monday for The Ohio State University.

That’s a serious blow to replace a three-year starter.

He’s not only a three-year starter, but somebody with Heisman Trophy aspirations and somebody who was going to lead the Buckeyes to a possible Big Ten Championship.

It’s still possible for OSU to reach those goals, but it’s going to take a lot more work.

Nothing against backups J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones, but they’re not the dual threat Miller is now.

They may get there one day, but with the season less than two weeks away, the coaching staff has quite a task in front of them.

The Buckeyes have now lost Miller, their leading rushing from last season (Carlos Hyde), leading pass catcher (Corey Brown) and four offensive linemen from last season’s team.

That’s why backup Kenny Guiton has been so valuable.

He entered the game when Miller was injured in the past and played well, but he too is gone.

If OSU wins the Big Ten, coach Urban Meyer deserves Coach of the Year honors in the conference.

On to Cleveland, it’s not an injury creating problems.

It’s ineffectiveness of Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel in Monday’s 24-23 loss to the Washington Redskins.

And now more questions have to be answered about who will step on the field as the starter at Pittsburgh Sept. 7.

Neither solidified themselves as the starter heading into the season opener.

Hoyer could have with a solid outing, but that’s didn’t happen.

He missed Andrew Hawkins on a touchdown pass.

At least Manziel got the Browns in the end zone, but the offense was out of snyc all night.

As far as Manziel's middle finger salute in the game, I don't condone the action.

He showed his immaturity, but he's not the first athlete/celebrity to do something offensive on the field.

It's not a big deal unless it happens more times.

I can’t imagine coach Mike Pettine will name his starting quarterback this week.

Cleveland will host the St. Louis Rams Saturday.

That will go a long way of determining who the starter will be.