We're finding out that Mike Pettine is still in charge of the Browns, and that's a good thing. When it comes to his quarterbacks, ESPN and the jersey-buying fans are not making the decisions.
Hoyer will start Monday night at Washington. Manziel will go in second for the Tebow-like hyped meeting with RG3. Pettine says both quarterbacks with get the same number of reps with the starters.
But how much will it really matter? The Browns starting quarterback will only be as good as the parts of the offense around him. The receivers have shown me they can drop passes with the best of them. No touchdowns in Detroit. Only four teams did not score an offensive touchdown last week: 49ers, Steelers, Texans and Browns -- and they're not worried in San Francisco and Pittsburgh.
The winning quarterback inherits an offense that was 27th in scoring last year, and that was with Josh Gordon. Gordon will likely miss at least part of this season.
I know it was only one preseason game, but I've seen this trend before where field goals don't add up to wins. Right now, I'm not confident that this offense, with either Hoyer or Manziel, is ready to become a top 20 offense, and that's not really reaching for the stars.
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