Brian Hoyer started each of the Browns' first two preseason games.
Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) -
Brian Hoyer will be the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns to begin the season.
Coach Mike Pettine made the announcement on Wednesday morning, selecting Hoyer over rookie Johnny Manziel.
"We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player," said Pettine in a statement Wednesday. "Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room."
The Browns will open their season on Sept. 7 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It's 'Johnny Backup' in Cleveland
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Johnny Manziel made things very easy for Mike Pettine.
The only real question in Cleveland was if the first-year head coach had the authority to play the quarterback he wanted on Week 1 in Pittsburgh.
One of the underreported aspects of the so-called Brian Hoyer-Manziel competition for the Browns' starting quarterback job was the fact that there were others involved in the decision-making process outside of Pettine, his offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and his quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains, the three people who know better than anyone else that Manziel is simply not ready to start an NFL game.
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