Are The Browns Making The Right Decision By Starting Brian Hoyer Over Johnny Manziel?
After two preseason games, the Cleveland Browns have decided who their starting quarterback for Week 1 of the 2014-15 NFL season is going to be. They’re going to go with Johnny Man…wait, what?
Sorry, Johnny Football fans. But Johnny Manziel will not be getting the Week 1 start for the Browns against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Instead, Cleveland is going to give the ball to Brian Hoyer and let him line up under center when the Browns take the field. The move shouldn’t come as a total shock for anyone who watched the Browns play the Washington Redskins on Monday night, seeing as how both Hoyer and Manziel struggled to throw the ball against the ‘Skins defense. But it’s a little bit surprising to see the Browns make this move now when they’ve still got some time to evaluate Hoyer and Manziel over the course of the next two weeks.
With that being said, we don’t think that the Browns are making a mistake here, because we learned two things about Manziel on Monday night. One, we learned that he’s not ready to be the Browns’ Week 1 starter just yet. He doesn’t know Cleveland’s offense well enough and he needs to continue studying his playbook. And two, we learned that Manziel still has some maturing to do before he becomes the Browns’ leader. He got caught giving the Redskins sideline the middle finger on Monday night and that’s something that just cannot be tolerated by the Browns coaches. They can’t possibly give Manziel control of his team if he can’t even control himself yet.
Long term, Hoyer is probably not the solution to the Browns’ quarterback problems. But for now, he’s the guy who should be in charge of running the Browns’ offense. So we think that Cleveland made the right decision by tabbing him as their Week 1 starter.
Do you agree, or do you think the Browns should throw Manziel into the mix immediately and see what he can do?