The Cleveland Browns quarterback competition between Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer rages on, and it’s an incredibly even battle to this point. Both quarterbacks have had their share of impressive plays so far this offseason, and it will probably ultimately come down to their preseason play, as well as a philosophical decision from the front office. For me, the most important thing would be to just let the best QB start (if Manziel’s ready to start, then he should be able to beat Hoyer and prove he’s the best option on the team), and I figure that’s what Mike Pettine and the Browns are after.
Hoyer may not be as electrifying as Manziel, but the Browns wouldn’t be in bad shape with him at quarterback. He’s a sound decision-maker, a good fit as a stopgap QB, and he has the accuracy and experience that could give him a telling advantage over Manziel’s superior tools and raw talent. According to Browns official site beat writer Kevin Jones, GM Ray Farmer praised Hoyer’s work ethic heavily, giving us a wonderful line about the quarterback’s outlook following a disappointing ACL tear in the middle of his first season as a starter.
Farmer said, “Brian Hoyer’s work ethic has been phenomenal. He didn’t cry over spilled milk with his ACL injury. He got better.”
It’s not a surprise to hear Farmer praise Hoyer’s work ethic, because he’s one of the most driven and competitive players in the game today. Throughout the offseason, he said all the right things about a competition, before and after Manziel was picked in the first round. He always spoke about how he was gunning to start, and he has tremendous confidence in his abilities. A Cleveland native, Hoyer did a solid job of leading the Browns and living his dream last year, and he’ll look to continue it as the team’s 2014 starter. On a side note, I hope nobody takes Farmer’s praise of Hoyer and tries to turn it against Manziel, because that’s just irresponsible; let’s just let this praise hang as a positive note for Hoyer and leave a certain rookie QB out of the line of fire.