By Dan Williams @Dan_Wi11iams on July 29, 2014
One of the most discussed topics surrounding the NFL this offseason has been the arrival of Johnny Manziel in Cleveland. Some predicted he would come in right away for the Browns and start as a rookie, but veteran Brian Hoyer displayed last season that he can lead in Cleveland as the team's starting quarterback. After winning three out of three games a year ago, here are five reasons why Brian Hoyer should start for Cleveland in 2014.
In Hoyer's three games last season as the starter, he threw for over 600 yards and five touchdowns. While those numbers aren't mind-blowing, his ability to complete almost 60 percent of his passes meant that he was giving his receivers the opportunity to catch the ball and make a play. For a team that has lacked consistency at QB, Hoyer's ability to put his receivers in a position to move the chains last season was a key reason for his wins.
Hoyer and Manziel’s teammates have been very diplomatic when asked questions pertaining to whom they’d like to see start the season opener. While Manziel’s game is more exciting, Brian Hoyer is more of a game manager and has the ability to command respect in the huddle. With Hoyer, the Browns will be in a comfortable position with a familiar face, and not someone who has shown poor judgment early in his NFL career.
One of the toughest situations for an NFL quarterback is to be thrown into a new situation. For Manziel, he would be the starting quarterback as a rookie on a team that won four games a year ago and has a whole new coaching staff. Although the rest of the team is learning a new offense, Manziel will need to take in all of that, along with adjusting to the speed of the NFL. Manziel would benefit from being used at times, like the Wildcat offense.
Hoyer, along with the rest of his teammates, are on a blank slate with the new coaching staff in Cleveland. But Hoyer displayed flashes of being a true starting QB in the league. He may not have the strongest arm, but head coach Mike Pettine has said that his philosophy on offense is to acquire weapons around the quarterback so the emphasis will be on playmakers, not the QB.
Granted it was only a small sample, but Brian Hoyer’s ability to win games in 2013 for a Browns franchise that has been the epitome of bad, gives a glimmer of hope for the 2014 season. Although it’s unknown whether he can be the quarterback of the future, Hoyer deserves the chance to prove his 100 percent win percentage last season wasn’t a fluke, and that he can be the Browns’ starter in the future.
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