CLEVELAND — Former St. Ignatius High School quarterback Brian Hoyer has built a decade-long career in the National Football League and stands one victory away from reaching the pinnacle of professional football.

Hoyer will suit up for the New England Patriots against the Los Angeles in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta today, and regardless of how many more NFL seasons the former Wildcats standout has in the professional ranks, his former coach, Chuck Kyle, believes he would make a great coach one day.

“Definitely, I’m a firm believer that Brian Hoyer, when he hangs it up, when he says, ‘That’s enough playing,’ if he wants to, I think he’d be an excellent quarterbacks coach,” Kyle said in an exclusive interview with WKYC.com.

“I think he’d be an excellent offensive coordinator because the one thing I noticed very early, Brian really enjoyed the concepts of football. It’s not just, ‘Hey, this guy runs a post pattern.’ It’s the whole concept of the play, the blocking scheme and everything every other receiver is doing. He enjoyed that.”

Josh McDaniels holds QB meeting with Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Brian Hoyer
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (second from right) talks with coach Bill Belichick and quarterbacks Tom Brady (12) and Brian Hoyer (2) during the first half against the Green Bay Packers at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on November 4, 2018.
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According to Kyle, Hoyer embraced not only the atmosphere on game days, but also, the work that went into honing his craft, which took him from St. Ignatius to Michigan State University, and then, several stops in the NFL.

“He enjoyed the film work and planning for the game,” Kyle recalled. “I really hope he would continue that because I think he would be able to communicate well. With his experience, he could share a lot of really important techniques, certainly, but beyond that, the football acumen that he has would be really, really beneficial for young people.”

Kyle feels playing quarterback at the NFL level, and learning from one of the best to ever do it, Patriots signal-caller Tom Brady, would give Hoyer a great foundation for a career in coaching.

“People immediately, when they say quarterback, think his arm strength,” Kyle said. “Well, that’s probably a little exaggerated, how important that really is. Yeah, if you’re on this hash, you’ve got to be able to hit people on the out cut way over there.

“I understand that, but when you look at the successful quarterbacks, it’s way more than arm strength. It’s just that leadership ability and that cannot be downplayed, and just a really strong understanding of what’s going on, on the field. A coach can call a play, but you see the best ones being able to break the huddle, come up, look around and change the play. They know what to do, and there’s a quick release because they’ve got it. They know it up here.”

New England Patriots QB Brian Hoyer throws pass against Tennessee Titans
New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer looks to pass against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on October 18, 2009.
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But before Hoyer thinks about his post-playing career, there is a matter of the game at hand.

This will be Hoyer’s third trip to the NFL’s grandest stage, as he twice backed up Brady in the biggest game of the season, first in Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants, and then, against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII last February.

And should the Patriots be victorious this time around, Kyle will be proud to see Hoyer raise the Lombardi Trophy.

“He’s the only one we’ve ever had actually play in the Super Bowl,” Kyle said. “We’ve had guys on teams that made the playoffs, but we haven’t had anybody take the Lombardi Trophy yet. Needless to say, St. Ignatius High School, we’re pulling for the Patriots, that’s for sure.

“That would be fun to see, wouldn’t it?”