Neither Johnny Manziel nor Brian Hoyer have won the Cleveland Browns quarterback job. You can make the case for either quarterback at this point, mostly because you can’t make a good case for either. Rather than haggle over who gets to plant their flag in the rotting soil that has become the Browns’ QB depth chart, I figured I would just make the case for both guys so we can skip the part where we argue about it. In the end, the only thing I’m sure of is that the Browns need to name someone the starter for week one so whoever it is can be the best prepared they can be.
The case for Brian Hoyer
Brian Hoyer is a veteran with experience reading professional defenses. He’s struggled for a few different reasons this pre-season, but he should be named the starting quarterback for the Browns.
Brian Hoyer will likely keep getting better as he gains reps on that surgically repaired knee. Once he is named starter and gets the comfort level of knowing that he no longer has to look in his rear-view mirror for a man with the last name “Football,” he’ll get back some of that rhythm and chemistry he seemed to have with the offense a year ago. Hoyer isn’t blessed with all the top-level physical abilities, but he’s got an undeniably quick release that relies on timing and chemistry.
Brian Hoyer might lack the elite talent level of Johnny Manziel, but he’ll bring a calm veteran presence. He’ll at least keep the Browns in games to allow the defense to shine. In fact, considering the lack of running options Hoyer had a year ago, he will likely be that much better. Plus, not that Johnny’s bird is all that relevant, it’s emblematic of the maturity differences between the two guys. That’s why at least to start the year, Brian Hoyer is the guy for the job.
The case for Johnny Manziel
Johnny Manziel needs to start the year for the Cleveland Browns. Look, we all knew Brian Hoyer was something of a long-shot. That’s why the Browns drafted Johnny Manziel. Plus, even if you love Brian Hoyer, he hasn’t appeared to nail down the job, despite the fact that he was given every opportunity. Johnny Manziel hasn’t grabbed that bull by the horns either, but the best is yet to come for Mr. Football. That’s why it’s an easy choice to name Manziel the starter right now.
Yes, Johnny will take some bumps and bruises. He’s a rookie, so you have to assume there will be some bad games and bad turnovers, but what you get with Manziel that you don’t get with Brian Hoyer or any of the other young QBs since 1999 is dynamic play-making ability. Manziel isn’t the fastest guy on the field, but he has quickness and escapability that will extend plays.
No matter who the quarterback is, the Browns will rely heavily on the run game with Ben Tate and Terrance West. That being the case, on throwing downs, you might as well turn loose the talent-rich rookie Johnny Manziel. That’s why I give my vote to Manziel to start the season for the Browns.
So now that I’ve made the case for both QBs, feel free to ignore all this and fight for your guy in the comments.