Pettine: Browns not ready to make QB decision

Berea, OH ( – Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel?

Browns coach Mike Pettine isn’t ready to make that decision just yet.

Pettine said Monday he’ll announce on Wednesday who will start at quarterback
for this Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. He added that general
manager Ray Farmer will be in on the meetings.

“Not ready to make a decision on that at this point,” Pettine said. “Not
leaning one way or the other.”

Hoyer was benched early in the fourth quarter of 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, of course, performed his “money sign” celebration following his first
NFL touchdown. He 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 18-of-30 passes for 192 yards and two interceptions before
being benched. In the past three games, Hoyer has thrown only one touchdown
pass and six interceptions.

Manziel, selected with the 22nd overall pick in May’s draft, doesn’t shy away
from the spotlight. He was fined $12,000 by the NFL for a hand gesture
(flipping the bird) that he made in a preseason loss to the Washington

The flashy Manziel recently made headlines for an altercation that took place
at an apartment complex in Cleveland last week, as a fan alleged that the 2012
Heisman Trophy winner and his “entourage” assaulted him and his brother.

The 7-5 Browns enter Sunday’s game tied with Pittsburgh and Baltimore for
second place in the AFC North.