Browns coach Mike Pettine: 'Not ready' to decide starting quarterback
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said Monday that he's "not ready to make a decision" on whether Johnny Manziel or Brian Hoyer will start at quarterback this week, according to NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala.
Pettine pulled Hoyer in favor of Manziel for the first time this season in Sunday's loss to the Buffalo Bills, saying after the game that he wasn't sure who would start the following Sunday and that he would know more later in the week.
For his part, Hoyer said Monday that getting pulled for Manziel "doesn't waver my confidence one bit," according to Kinkhabwala.
After beating out Manziel, one of the Browns' two first-round picks in this year's NFL draft, in training camp, Hoyer has started all 12 of the team's games this season. He led Cleveland to a 6-3 start but has fallen off the last three weeks, throwing one touchdown and six interceptions as the team has gone 1-2.
Manziel had appeared in just two games and attempted just one pass before Sunday. He had two possessions in the loss to Buffalo, leading the Browns on a long drive that culminated in a touchdown run by the quarterback on the first and turning the ball over on downs to essentially end the game on the second.
Overall, Manziel completed five of eight passes for 63 yards against the Bills.
Hoyer, a native of the Cleveland area, has been with the Browns since last season but is set to become a free agent at the end of the year. The team's selection of Manziel led to questions of whether Hoyer would be re-signed.
At 7-5, the Browns already have their most wins in a season since going 10-6 in 2007. Cleveland sits in a three-way tie for second place in the AFC North and hosts the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
- Ben Estes