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Paul Kruger gives his support to Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel

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Paul Kruger was on the radio in Salt Lake City and of course the topic of Cleveland Browns quarterback came up.

“Me personally, I mean obviously that’s up to the staff and coaches so they’ll make that decision,” linebacker Paul Kruger told 1320 KFAN in Salt Lake City. “But in my mind, [Brian] Hoyer’s the guy. Hoyer came in, won us four games, unfortunately got hurt. But the guy was on fire when he was healthy. He’s proven himself at different levels and has worked extremely hard.”

I almost feel like I should apologize for even putting this up on the site. I think it’s worthy info for a lot of people because Paul Kruger is a veteran and he weighed in on the most important position on the Browns. At the same time, I find this kind of debating to be pointless. The tale of who should be the Browns starter will be told via actions on the field during training camp and the pre-season.

Other than that, it’s important to note that Hoyer is currently first on the depth chart. Much beyond that is little more than pretending to have a crystal ball.

Also, when reached for comment, Johnny Manziel said, “I can’t hear you…”

Johnny Manziel

 

  • C_CLE

    While it’s hard to put too much stock in this…it is telling that the vets in the locker room do seem to support Hoyer more than JFF at this point. I don’t think Manziel is winning a bunch of guys over right now. Maybe the spoiled kid act has an effect on his perception with the team’s vets or maybe he’s not outshining Hoyer on the field. But either way, it seems like the players are behind Hoyer right now.

  • mgbode
  • Harv 21

    My reaction is that Paul Kruger is simply not very smart. Sharing any opinion about QBs does not help your team one bit, and just creates another distraction for your HC to clean up. Totally needless from a guy counted on for veteran leadership. Worry about your own side of the ball and your own performance, Paul.

  • RGB

    Better watch that blindside in training camp, Mr. Manziel.

  • maxfnmloans

    also, he apparently cant count to four (or three, whichever)

  • mgbode

    or two (did Hoyer “win” the Bills game in anything other than the NFL stat sheet?)

  • maxfnmloans

    The only people who think Manziel should start are the national media, because they need a story to sell.

  • mgbode

    *ahem* that blindside is protected by JoeT. Even if JoeT loves Hoyer enough to let Kruger past him, I think the pure shock that he got the corner on JoeT would cause Kruger to seize up and fall to the ground in shock well before he ever got to JFF.

  • maxfnmloans

    from what I’ve heard/read, you are pretty close with your assessment. Also, Hoyer is out performing Johnny on the field on a consistent basis. Manziel has a number of “wow” plays but a similar number of boneheaded decisions. Hoyer isn’t spectacular, but he is reliable. And I think Pettine is a guy who values reliability over flashes of brilliance.

  • maxfnmloans

    you spin me right round baby right round like a record baby right round round round

  • maxfnmloans

    good point

  • RGB

    JFF isn’t first-string. 😉

  • disagree. kruger was asked a simple question with an obvious answer and answered it. he’s not the first either. i think tate has said the same. haden too. hell, pettine has said hoyer is comfortably in front. kruger is perfectly on point.

    in fact, every player who can set hoyer-as-starter expectations now diffuses a media-created qb controversy and thus does the team a favor.

    the dumb guy was gordon when he was lobbying for drafting manziel.. actively lobbying voting no confidence in the starting qb. if hoyer were prone to grudge holding he’d have a legit basis.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Paul who?

  • mgbode

    how can you hold a grudge against a guy who won’t be on the field?

  • mgbode

    this isn’t Hollywood, JoeT doesn’t ever take a break.

  • RGB

    He’s doesn’t play with the third-stringers, either.

  • mgbode

    JFF was playing with the 1st stringers with Hoyer out at OTA, so he has at least advanced to 2nd string if not pushed Hoyer out entirely as Brian learns to “not get hurt”

    http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view3/3465254/kaa-o.gif

    (no, Hoyer is the 1st string at least for now, but you have been letting your JFF Kaa gif’s go and we need to bring them back)

  • RGB
  • Harv 21

    Completely disagree. If the other players commented about the QB issues (as opposed to their own positin battles) they’re just as stupid. It’s not up to Kruger, or Haden et al. to diffuse anything, A LB doesn’t know what the coaches are thinking or planning. With national media buzzing around like yellow jackets at a picnic (even in Utah) you just defer, you don’t fuel the distraction with another story angle. When you speak to this you create 4 more questions for others asking for a reaction to what you said. A team leader, a veteran, helps his team with a cliche. That’s why the Crash Davis/Nuke Laloosh locker room quote-practice scene is funny; it’s true.

    “I think they obviously both bring a lot to the table. The coaches will figure it out.” Or a gazillion variations. It’s not difficult.

  • old goat

    Manziel is just a big mouth party wannabe that is really immature. My money is on Hoyer, he is one of us. I am just dreaming of the day when Johnny Big Mouth is laid out by a head hunter looking for his trophy. Cleveland is a blue collar town it is not NY nor is it the left coast. The NFL will soon take him down a notch. Hoyer if given a chance can lead the Browns back to winning ways. Before y’all dream of a SB, learn how to win the division. Nothing more to say.

  • Old Goat

    If y’all recall last year Hoyer gave a spark to the city and the fans. The bad karma of Webedone was beginning to go away. The fans were excited, at last the Clowns were becoming the Browns then he was taken out on a cheap shot by a Bill. Brian Hoyer grew up in Cleveland, he is one of us. Johnny Big Mouth is a flash in the pan. Let him prove he can cut it in the NFL and start playing football and knock this crap off. A lot of loyal fans that have suffered for many years like winning but don’t like strutting around like an emasculated peacock especially when you have not a single TD to your name.