Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Brian Hoyer will remain the starting
quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, at least for the time being.
Browns coach Mike Pettine made the announcement Wednesday, deciding to keep
Hoyer in the starter’s role over Johnny Manziel for Sunday’s game against
“After thorough evaluation and talking to the staff, we feel Brian gives us
the best opportunity to win on Sunday,” said Pettine in a statement on the
club’s website. “This is a football decision and those are always going to be
based on what we think is best for our team.”
Hoyer was benched early in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s 26-10 loss to
the Buffalo Bills. Manziel stepped in and engineered an 8-play, 80-yard drive
that he capped with a 10-yard touchdown scramble.
Manziel ended the game 5-of-8 for 63 yards, forcing the Browns into a critical
decision about the team’s future of the quarterback position.
Hoyer completed just 18-of-30 passes for 192 yards and two interceptions
before being benched. In the past three games, he has thrown only one
touchdown pass and six interceptions.
The Browns are 7-5 heading into Sunday’s contest with the Colts and are tied
with five other teams for the final AFC wild card spot.
“Brian has led our team to a 7-5 record,” Pettine added. “I’m confident that
we can get the entire offense playing at the level needed to accomplish the
goals we set at the beginning of the season. Those goals are still very much
Hoyer, who is 10-5 as Cleveland’s starting quarterback dating back to last
season, has throw for 3,056 yards with 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in
12 games this year.