NFL News: Browns to start Brian Hoyer on Sunday against Minnesota

The Cleveland Browns have announced that third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer will start the team’s Week 3 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski confirmed on Wednesday morning that Hoyer, despite being inactive this past Sunday, will leapfrog second-string quarterback Jason Campbell as a replacement for Brandon Weeden who will miss the contest due to a thumb injury sustained late in the team’s Week 2 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

The 27-year-old Hoyer last started on December 30 of 2012, then a member of the Arizona Cardinals, in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He was 19-of-34 for 225 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

The Vikings (0-2) defense has managed to record just one sack on the season.

WFNY will have more on this story as it develops.

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  • JK

    Oh goodie. This makes my “should I go into work on Sunday and get some extra work done” decision very easy…

    … Not that BW3 gives us much better of a chance I suppose.

  • JHop

    I can’t tell which feeling is stronger: the glee that a hometown kid is starting for the Browns, or the desire to run and add the Vikings D/ST to my fantasy team.

  • mgbode

    cmon, it’s still September and Wednesday before the game. go with the glee for now 🙂

    no idea on what to expect from Hoyer other than he’s always been a checkdown artist. hopefully, he has the arm to go deep to Gordon a few times, but that’s not the type of QB he was at MichSt or in extremely limited NFL action.

  • JHop

    But pessimism is so much easier to keep up than optimism!

    My one point of hope is the fact that Minnesota has given up 30+ points to each of its (admittedly more offensively-gifted) opponents so far this year. Outside of safety Harrison Smith and pass rush connoisseur Jared Allen, their defense is atrocious.

    If we can hold Adrian Peterson to under 125 rushing yards and Jared Allen to under 2 sacks, then this game is winnable.

  • mgbode

    let’s see….interesting notes on Hoyer:

    As a sophomore, he pushed Drew Stanton for the starting job.
    As a junior, he beat out freshman Nick Foles for the starting QB job leading him to transfer to Arizona.
    As a senior, he mentored freshman Kirk Cousins.

    (who knew that MichSt was such a NFL QB pipeline? Sure, backup NFL QB pipeline, but a pipeline nonetheless)

    Once the starter (and D’Antoni replaced John Smith), Hoyer improved the Spartans from 4wins (w/ mostly Stanton) to 7wins and then to 9wins in his senior season.

    Let’s just ignore the under 7 YPA, the stat decline from JR to SR year, the substandard pre-draft grades, and the fact that noone really wanted him as a backup QB leading to him coming here to be QB3 (and yeah, he’s getting the start, but it’s not like we endorsed him as the true backup QB).

  • mgbode

    let’s say hold Peterson under 4.3 YPC and not worry about the actual yardage. yeah, I agree it seems winnable. i’m a little worried about Cordalle Patterson becoming more of a weapon and Ponder is the type who will exploit those soft zones short if we leave them open, but we “could” win this game.

    it’s a start.

  • JHop

    If he can repeat his one career start (@ SF in Week 17 of last season) in which he threw for 225 yards, 1 TD, and 1 pick, I will be very happy. He also accomplished those stats against a much more superior SF defense and with an inferior ARI offense.

  • maxfnmloans

    that increase from 4 to 7 wins had a lot more to do with D’Antonio > Smith rather than Hoyer > Stanton. I hate to say it, but he is a very good coach and Smith is…well..”THE COACHES ARE SCREWING IT UP”

  • mgbode

    yeah, when you see me going back to marginal things they did in college, you know I am reaching to find anything, ANYTHING to be positive about. but hey, he could have been saving the best part of his career for us?

  • maxfnmloans

    That sounds good. Sold!

  • boomhauertjs

    Probably a lot of head-scratching in the locker room over the 3rd string guy getting a start ahead of the 2nd string guy. #RookieCoach

  • bossman09

    This could single handedly cause me to stop being a browns fan. Mostly because I can’t re-live 2008 again. There is already a post talking about the “hometown boy” getting the start. There is going to be an official “QB controversy” before the start on Sunday. Hoyer will throw for 225 yards, 1TD, and 1INT and people will talk about how much better he is than Weeden, even though Hoyer will lose and his stats will be slightly worse than weeded’s career stats.
    I am just SHOCKED at how similar this team is to every team since 2007. Coaching is weak, vanilla, uninspired, and even a little scared. Talent level is not any better than 2008.
    I’m going to go buy some Indians tickets so I can enjoy the wild card chase because (I can’t believe I’m saying this) they are the better organization.

  • bossman09

    Interesting Notes on Hoyer:
    We are trading one backup QB for a slightly worse backup QB.

  • Harv 21

    Now hold on a sec, doesn’t this mean the FO is deciding not to do everything possible to win games now and change the culture? Yet another season dedicated to auditions and inventory?

    If Banner and Haslam really were the two most impatient people in the presser rooms as they promised, the off-camera questioners must have been a horde of tortoises. My Sundays are liberated. I will never care about a season more than the team itself.

  • CBI

    Ha, my thoughts exactly, I sat the Pats and now have the Vikings starting.

  • Mixed bag on this….I see it as the typical week 14 decision when [insert starter name] is slightly banged up and is benched in favor of [insert trendy third string guy] to see his upside. Except it’s happening in week three. To me that’s a bit of a white flag and surprisingly I’m ok with it. I don’t think the fall off from Campbell to Hoyer is going to be so drastic you just CANT start him.

  • hutch058

    If Hoyer is better than why make Campbell the backup only to ditch him as soon as you need him? Stuff like this is why we are the laughing stock of the NFL and no one wants to play here….Its embarrassing being a Browns fan right now….

  • FearTheRoo

    I picked up the Vikings the second the Browns tweeted Hoyer would start. For the rest of the season I’ll just start whoever the Browns play.

    Hoyer could possibly be the worst QB to start for the Browns since 99. Yes even worse than Ken Dorsey and Spurgeon Wynn

  • Bryan

    Can someone comment on Hoyer’s arm strength? That is my concern. Is this another Chips McCoy situation – “smart” “tough” kid with zero arm strength?

    The upside is that, during the preseason, I actually saw him move his head while he was in the pocket (i.e. he read the field and considered multiple options). This is something that Weeden has never done. So maybe this guy can actually make some quicker decisions.

    Hoyer v. Campbell: Seriously, did anyone see Campbell’s series on Sunday? He looked like a slower, less athletic, less accurate version of Weeden. Why do we want to give him any snaps? Hoyer will likely be terrible, but possibly less terrible. And “less terrible” is really the only realistic mantra for a 2013 Browns fans.

  • Toddyus

    Is anybody from the Colts’ 2011 front office on the Browns staff now? You know, the FO that deliberately tanked the season to draft Andrew Luck?

    Funny thing is, I can’t help but think that Pittsburgh will somehow lose one more game than we do this year, draft the QB we want and then torture us with Big Ben’s heir apparent for the next 10 years while we languish in the squalor of the AFC North basement… I’ve been a fan too long.

  • mgbode

    he could also be the best. and, let’s not pretend like there’s a huge gap between the two.

  • mgbode

    “Talent level is not any better than 2008.”

    I agree with everything in your post except this line. We have some young, good pieces on defense along with retaining the very few veteran pieces (that were young in ’08) that actually mattered. Other than that, you summed things up.

  • mgbode

    Dan Orlovsky is the canary. When he is brought in, then you know what the FO is up to. He’ll even step out of the back of his endzone with no defender around to ensure a loss.

    Issue is that he might be too obvious at this point. We’ll find out Sunday if Hoyer is becoming the new Orlovsky.

  • TSR3000

    Inferior offense to us? Please.

  • CB Everett

    Historically in Britain, when morale is low, the royal family concocts a wedding to give the people a distraction. Starting hometown Hoyer now might be the Browns equivalent.

  • maxfnmloans

    Luke McCown

  • Harv 21

    I hear ya. Haven’t been this excited since Jerry Dybzinski started for the Tribe. Something about this hometown boy stuff really brings out the “true fan” in me.

  • nj0

    This sort of logic is frowned upon in Berea.

  • nj0

    This feels more like a funeral than a wedding. How do those help morale?

  • RGB

    We should have kept Thaddeus.

  • nj0

    “because (I can’t believe I’m saying this) they are the better

    Hey! Welcome aboard!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    So much for Campbell being “mmmm mmmm good!”

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Just add it to the growing list of head scratchers. I can’t wait for the next monotone boring press conference to speak about this genius decision.

  • mgbode

    ever been to an Irish wake?

    that’s about the same as pre-game in the Muni lot. have fun and get plastered, so the hangover of the funeral/game is somber.

  • The_Real_Shamrock


  • mgbode

    Hoyer was a checkdown guy at MichSt and for AZ last year. That’s all we really have to go on though his scouting reports are not glowing on his arm strength either. We’ll see.

  • Hamfist

    Oy. If my brother wasn’t a huge Vikes fan, I’d go golfing. since he is, I’ll watch as much as I can stomach.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    There’s no head-scratching. They got to watch the coin-flip.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I wish people were laughing at this organization because it means that they are paying attention.

  • humboldt

    Milt Palacio and Smush Parker would also like their names tossed in as late-season QB candidates

  • C-Bus Kevin

    Because BROWNS.


    As fair as it is to evaluate Campbell based on one series coming in cold to start at the 6-inch line with no doubt that the Ravens were going to blitz him back to the stone age….

  • Natedawg86

    For some reason, Jason Campbell just kept lining up with the second team. The coach said ” I need a Quarterback” and Jason kept saying, “but I am the QB on the SECOND TEAM”

  • Natedawg86

    If it were no doubt, then Campbell should have known it too!

  • rtpinfla

    That’s some funny fecal matter there