Cleveland Browns: QB Brian Hoyer Makes Strong Case To Start Over Brandon Weeden

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For several years, the Cleveland Browns have struggled to find their franchise quarterback of the future. From Brady Quinn to Derek Anderson, to current starter Brandon Weeden, the team has had a revolving door at the quarterback position. Although the team has said that their starting quarterback will be Weeden in 2013, they should seriously consider having Brian Hoyer be their guy. Here’s why:

First of all, Weeden was a huge disappointment last season. He is not getting any younger, already 30 years old as a sophomore, and he is seemingly as developed as a quarterback as he is going to get.

Hoyer on the other hand, spent time learning under Tom Brady for the New England Patriots.  He is a guy highly regarded for his football IQ and played well in the preseason for the Patriots before Ryan Mallett passed him on the team’s depth chart. Having been an understudy to Brady, he certainly must know something about playing quarterback in the NFL.

If that doesn’t convince you, perhaps his numbers in tonight’s preseason game against the Chicago Bears might.  In the game, Hoyer completed 24-of-35 passes for 307 yards and one TD, although he was picked off twice.

Although things were not perfect, Hoyer looked good tonight, especially in the fourth quarter when he orchestrated a 76-yard touchdown drive to bring the Browns within a point of tying the game.  The touchdown pass was a 14-yard pass to Dan Gronkowski.

Considering that Hoyer completed nearly 70 percent of his passes against an elite Bears defense, you have to at least consider making him the starter in Cleveland if you are the team.  The interceptions, although they are concerning, can be attributed to the Bears defensive line and can be essentially ignored, at least for now.

If Weeden falters, Hoyer should be the guy the team turns to in my opinion, although he would need to fend off Jason Campbell as the backup QB.  If he can limit the turnovers, Hoyer could be a worthy starter for the Browns, now and in the future.


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  • Monsters Of the Midway.

    I came across this article and felt compelled to comment.

    Not a single starter on the Bears defense played last night, so for you to claim that Hoyer posted a 300-yard night against an “elite” Bears defense is misleading at best. No Peppers. No Briggs. No Tillman. No Melton. No Jennings. And he was still picked off twice.

    Keep looking for your next starting QB.

  • Will_Gellman

    Monsters, what you say is true about the starters, however, the Bear’s defense is arguably the deepest in the NFL and quite a few of their backups could start for NFL teams. Also, Hoyer had several starters play minimal snaps on offense and some didn’t suit up at all (like Trent Richardson)

  • Casey Drottar

    I’m going to have to disagree here, too. You seem to ignore the fact that he also threw two interceptions. And, though you can argue the Bears have third stringers that could start on other teams, that doesn’t make them “elite.” Just because a player could start doesn’t mean they’re a Pro Bowl caliber player.

    As a Browns fan, I’ve seen many a third string QB be touted as the guy who should be starting. Remember Brett Ratliff? Thad Lewis? Odds favor Hoyer’s path following theirs.