Hoyer gets starting job over Manziel

Hoyer gets starting job over Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) throws as Brian Hoyer, right, watches before a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Rick Osentoski


BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns coach Mike Pettine has picked Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback over rookie Johnny Manziel.

Pettine met with his coaching staff Tuesday night and announced in a release before Wednesday practice that he’ll go with Hoyer in the Sept. 7 opener against Pittsburgh. The decision ends weeks of competition and analysis.

Pettine delayed his decision after both Hoyer and Manziel played poorly in an exhibition loss at Washington on Monday. During that game, Manziel gave the finger to the Redskins sideline, an act Pettine says was factored into the decision.

Hoyer didn’t win the job over Manziel as much as he hung onto it after beginning training camp as the No. 1 quarterback. Hoyer made three starts before a season-ending knee injury in 2013.

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