Steelers say Hoyer for preseason but Manziel for them

Just hours ago, the Cleveland Browns named quarterback Brian Hoyer as the starter for the preseason game against the Detroit Lions Saturday night in Detroit.

That being said, the Pittsburgh Steelers fully expect to see quarterback Johnny Manziel face them when they open their season in Pittsburgh against the Browns at 1 p.m. Sunday Sept. 7.

According to USATODAY Sports' For The Win, the Pittsburgh Steelers aren't buying any of the hype that the Cleveland Browns are pushing or selling about Hoyer.

In today's For The Win article, Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was asked who he plans to see across the line of scrimmage in Week 1, when the Steelers open their season at home against the Browns. "I'm expecting (Johnny) Manziel to be the starter," LeBeau told "That's what I'm expecting. What he did in college is not an accident. He did it often enough against good teams."

So, does any of it really matter?

Why would any team show its hand in advance? OK, so maybe the Browns don't have the best "game faces" nor are they the best at "nudge, nudge, wink, wink." And they seem genuinely interested in giving the fans a good look at both quarterbacks.

And besides, what would Cleveland be without some kind of quarterback controversy? Personally, I don't think there was ever any doubt that Manziel -- unless he absolutely, positively couldn't digest the Browns playbook after three months.

Who cares? The Browns will play the Steelers with a quarterback, regardless of who it is. And I certainly don't expect it to be Tyler Thigpen or Connor Shaw.

I am sure that whomever helps the Browns win -- especially a win over the Steelers -- would be the quarterback that every fan wants to be playing.

I will love the Browns win or lose but it would sure nice to have a winner. After all, as UCLA football coach Henry "Red" Sanders said, "Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." We can start by winning more games than we lose. A spot in the playoffs would be nice.

I am not greedy, just a very patient "lady-in-waiting." But as I tell my friend in Florida, I'm about to run out of patience.

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