Brian Hoyer: ‘When I played, we won’

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer did a solid job in his two full starts before tearing his ACL in his third start, and the Browns were 3-0 in the games, including an upset win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Quarterbacks have to be measured by more than wins over what was essentially a two-game span for Hoyer, but he looked serviceable and is a great backup in this league.

Hoyer’s recovery from an ACL tear continues to go well, and he’s a lock to be ready for training camp and should even be ready to take reps in OTAs in a few months. But his future as a starter in Cleveland is uncertain, but I expect the Browns to allow Hoyer to try and start next season. They will have to draft a franchise quarterback in the first round, and most people have them taking either Johnny Manziel or Derek Carr (the Browns, of course, will hope that Teddy Bridgewater or Blake Bortles falls to them). Both QBs could benefit greatly from staying on the bench in their first year in order to develop their games, and Hoyer could be the perfect stopgap. It will be interesting to see what the Browns decide to do, but I expect them to give Hoyer a fair shot at being a stop-gap starter this upcoming season. I mean, GM  Michael Lombardi has always liked him, and he also has the backing of the fan base after his play last season.

The Michigan State product doesn’t lack confidence, and he feels like he has a good shot at beating out a rookie for the starting gig. He said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot, ”I was able to start for three games last year, and we did well. When I played, we won, and I’m just looking forward to trying to get back to where I left things off. I think as long as I have a chance, I feel confident in my abilities.”

Topics: Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns

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  • Gary

    Two wins don’t make you the second coming of Joe Montana or even Steve Young.
    Don’t let that ego get the best of you, Hoyer

    • Joe Soriano

      Haha, I don’t think his statement was egotistic, as I saw as being more of a “confidence” kind of thing. A QB always needs to be confidence, because, as we saw with Matt Schaub, QBs that lose their confidence can go the wrong route quickly. That said, Hoyer is a stop-gap option at best, and I’m sure he knows that how he’s viewed and wants to make the most of things. And hey, he also wants to exceed our expectations.

      • John Duquette

        Joe I sent in my response to Gary before I saw your comments. I think Brian is going to open some eyes at OTA`s and training camp. Hope he stays healthy and can man the fort until the latest wunderkind is ready to take over

        • Joe Soriano

          I hope he can stay health and do a solid job as well. It’s good to see that Hoyer is confident, because the alternative clearly isn’t something worth hoping for haha.

          • John Duquette

            Ha Ha indeed the alternative would be our collective worst nightmare.

    • John Duquette

      I don’t believe that is ego talking I believe it is confidence and the experience of working with Tom Brady for a couple of years. On super Bowl Sunday I cannot wait for the OTA`s and I think Brian will be back and ready to go.

  • Gary

    It just sounds like “ego” talk when Hoyer says something like that. Just my opinion, guys!
    Lets see what he can do for a entire season. I am not saying he isn’t a good quarterback. I just need to see more than two games to decide if he is as good as he thinks he is. He knows the Browns are going to draft a quarterback. Which is probably why he made that statement. I wish him the best.
    When the alternative is Weeden, (Why is this bum still on this team?) there has to be hope Hoyer comes back strong. Right now hope is all fans have till a contender comes back to Cleveland.