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Cleveland Browns Name Brian Hoyer Starting QB

The Cleveland Browns head coach Mke Pettine made a tough decision today, naming Brian Hoyer the starting Quarterback for a Week 14 matchup at home against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. Johnny Manziel finished last weeks 26-10 loss against the Buffalo Bills, leading the Browns only TD drive of the game.  The drive went 80 yards, and was capped off with a 10 yard QB scramble for Johnny Football's 1st TD of his NFL career.  Manziel hooked up with Miles Austin (12 yards), Josh Gordon (18), and Jim Dray (24) on the drive.  Isaiah Crowell added an 11 yard run.

Johnny Manziel TD GIF

Brian Hoyer was not very good in the month of November.  The Browns did win 3 of their 5 games (6 of their last 9), but Hoyer completed just 54.8% of his 177 attempts (97 comp) for 1342 yards (three 300 yard games) yet scored just 3 touchdowns and threw 8 interceptions!

The Browns will be home on Sunday, and the Dawg Pound will be louder than ever demanding Manziel if Hoyer turns the ball over or even goes 3 and out.  A 7-5 football team would be hard pressed to insert a rookie QB into the starting lineup, but when this man is as electric as Manziel, the opportunity is too enticing.  His ability to create plays plus Josh Gordon, just screams must watch TV.  Oh yeah, and Andrew Luck will be QBing the Colts!

The Colts defense has been suspect this season, and just last week Colt McCoy threw 3 touchdown passes, gaining 392 yards on 31 completions.  

The Browns are a team that runs the ball, a lot!  3rd in the league actually with 377 attempts behind the Texans and Seahawks.  However, they average just 3.6 yards per carry (only Chargers, Lions and Cardinals are worse) and are 2nd to last in 3rd down conversion rates ahead of the Titans.  Manziel can not directly help Crowell or Terrance West pick up more yards per carry, but he can convert a 3rd down with his feet and defense will have to account for it.  That in of itself should help open up some holes on the offensive line, regardless of the down.

I agree with the decision.  The pressure on Manziel would have been huge with a start at home in what is a must win situation.  The Colts will most likely go up big on the Browns, and will allow the coaching staff to put Manziel in the game after benching Hoyer.  Then the team can move forward with Manziel under center, should the Colts find success early and often in this one.