August 21, 2014

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Browns QB Brian Hoyer named starter, gets to fulfill lifelong dream

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BEREA — Now isn’t the time for Brian Hoyer to relax. But he can smile. The North Olmsted native that grew up cheering for the Browns was named the starting quarterback to open the regular season, beating out rookie first-round pick Johnny Manziel. Rookie coach Mike Pettine gave them the news Wednesday morning before a Read More…

Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel and coach Mike Pettine agree: He’s not ready

BEREA — Call him Johnny Clipboard for now. Browns rookie Johnny Manziel will trade in his football for a clipboard when the regular season opens Sept. 7 in Pittsburgh. Coach Mike Pettine named Brian Hoyer the winner of the quarterback competition and the starter for Week 1. Manziel and the coaching staff reached the same Read More…

Scott Petrak: Browns’ quarterback competition was an unnecessary distraction

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Mike Pettine learned quickly the painful lesson Butch Davis, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini and Rob Chudzinski know all too well from their days in Cleveland. Quarterback competitions are distracting, exhausting and largely counterproductive. Each of the aforementioned fired Browns coaches tried a different method when running a quarterback competition. None resulted in an empowered starter Read More…

UPDATED Browns: Brian Hoyer named Week 1 starting quarterback

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BEREA — Brian Hoyer overcame surgery 10 months ago to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. If that weren’t enough, he had to beat out the most popular rookie in the league in Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. So Hoyer allowed himself a smile and a few seconds to appreciate the moment after coach Mike Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine holding off on naming Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel starting QB

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The beat goes on. Until today. Or next week. Browns coach Mike Pettine hadn’t decided yet. Pettine had a meeting scheduled Tuesday night with his coaching staff to discuss the quarterback competition between Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel. They could’ve decided to name a starter today for the regular-season opener Sept. 7 versus Pittsburgh, Read More…

Browns Notes: Boomer Esiason rips Johnny Manziel, says he’s not close to being ready for Week 1

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Cast one vote for Brian Hoyer in the Browns’ quarterback derby. Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason thinks it would be a disaster if coach Mike Pettine picked rookie Johnny Manziel as his Week 1 starter. “I’m telling you right now, he is not even remotely close to being ready,” Esiason said Tuesday on his radio Read More…

Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer fail to impress in 24-23 preseason loss

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LANDOVER, Md. — Talk about not living up to the hype. The duel between Browns quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel against Washington on Monday night at FedExField disappointed in almost unimaginable fashion because neither player made strides nor a strong case he should become the starter heading into the upcoming season. The veteran and Read More…

Browns analysis: Pettine needs QB battle to wrap up tonight

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The end is near. At least Browns coach Mike Pettine hopes. Pettine wants desperately to name the starting quarterback for the season opener this week, and put a stop to the competition that has overwhelmed all other storylines in camp. It’s been his plan since before training camp and hasn’t changed despite a near-even battle Read More…

Browns notes: Challenge hits Berea

BEREA — The Browns raised money for ALS and coach Mike Pettine got in a friendly shot at former boss Rex Ryan. Everyone was a winner. “Rex, I know you want to punch me in the face,” Pettine said Friday before participating in The Ice Bucket Challenge. “Anytime you want to go toe-to-toe, you know Read More…

Pettine to name starting QB Tuesday

BEREA — Just because Johnny Manziel won’t take the first snap Monday night doesn’t mean he won’t be the starting quarterback when the season opens Sept. 7 in Pittsburgh. Coach Mike Pettine hasn’t closed the book on the competition that has captivated Cleveland and the NFL, despite naming incumbent Brian Hoyer the starter for the Read More…