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Browns Give Manziel The Finger, Name Hoyer Starter For Steelers Game


During the Monday night preseason game against the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel gave the Redskins sideline the middle finger. On Wednesday, the Browns coaching staff gave Manziel the middle finger as they have named Brian Hoyer the starter for the 2014 regular season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“He was the clear leader from the beginning,” coach Mike Pettine said of Hoyer in a statement. “We’ve maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room.”

Neither Hoyer, nor Manziel had a good showing Monday night against the Redskins, however. Hoyer completed 2-of-6 passes for 16 yard, while Manziel, one of two first-round draft picks of the Browns back in May, completed 7 of 16 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown in the 24-23 loss.

Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said a few weeks ago that he expected Manziel would be the starter when the Browns visit Heinz Field for the season opener, but now barring any injuries, that won’t be the case.

Hoyer, however, will likely be without his top wide receiver for at least the first eight games of the season as Josh Gordon is expected to be suspended any day now for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

The Steelers play the Browns again in Week 6, so by that time there’s a good chance that Hoyer will have been given the middle finger by the Cleveland coaching staff by then.

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  • 804Stiller

    I’d rather play against a marginal pocket QB than a marginal Dual Threat QB. I think it’s much easier to prepare for. I think this is better for us and will make it easier for the Browns to insert JFootball after Hoyer struggles in the first few games.

  • Reese Dare

    Love the title.

  • Aric Brown

    I see what you did there

  • joed32

    I’m disappointed.

  • Brendon Glad

    He’s fun to watch fail. Good move by the staff not giving Steelers Nation that pleasure in week 1. I won’t get brash and write the little guy off after 2 weeks, but I’m way less nervous about him being in the AFC North than I was on draft day. He looks pretty Tyler Thigpen-ish to me so far….with a Ryan Leaf attitude. Not a good combo…for them.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Gave him the finger…hilarious. Manziel’s pompous attitude earned him a headset and a clipboard.

  • 2443scott

    great caption …..i hope he dont have a hissy fit and now go out do something stupit like a spoiled brat he is …

  • JohnB

    As it should be. Hoyer is better, and he was proving that before he got hurt last year.

  • Bill

    Both of those quarterbacks looked worse than Landry Jones in the last game.

  • SFIC

    Now I’m waiting for CBS to announce they’re sending Nance & Sims to call another opening day game.

  • Bill

    It’s funny how people who likely employ the middle finger regularly, find it so offensive and conversation worthy. This is the violent, painful world of pro-football for craps sake. The American media is a microcosm of what we are: sanctimonious hypocrites.

  • Brendon Glad

    I thought it was hilarious watching Clark’s eyes light up when he saw Johnny exposed on the edge. Johnny got very lucky that Clark kind of missed on the clean shot (even though he made the tackle). most all of us love Ryan Clark despite his ball-hawking limitations, but even those who don’t like him can’t deny that he is one of the most vicious hitters of the 21st Century…and one of the most underrated “assassins” of all-time. His blows put people in hospitals. And he is a guy who has had his specialty (violently putting shoulders into guys up high as they catch the ball), ruled illegal. So even though Clark has gone on record stating he likes John Q. Football…his violent FB instinct kicked in…and JF about got his first true test of whether he can take the pounding. (Note Pettine kept JF out of Suh’s range also) lol.

  • Aric Brown

    Ive seen no proof that he is better… he knows the offense better.. but he hasnt outplayed JF from what Ive seen

  • Aric Brown

    And Josh Gordon looked like Limas Sweed… had about 6 drops

  • Aric Brown

    Clark used to be a big hitter until he got thoseback to back concussions… after that he was never really the same

  • joed32

    We can hope.

  • JohnB

    um…how about Hoyer has REAL GAME experience over JF. He’s the safer bet, and he won games with the Browns last year. So far haven’t seen anything that would want me putting Johnny in a real game situation.

  • Brendon Glad

    I always thought it was more about him getting put on his heels after he blasted Welker, then mcGahee….then Chris Henry died, and they saw his brain damage, and Clark was a big part of that too…so they changed the rules, and then Clark’s lack of ball-skills became an issue. It always seemed like he was more than willing to crack heads after the concussions in the run-game…but looked “out-of-sorts” with the new restrictions against the pass. But i’m just speculating. It may have been the concussions…or age may have just made him lose a step he couldn’t afford to lose.

  • Aric Brown

    Hoyer is def the safer bet, I can agree with that, I just dont agree that hes better… Ive seen nothing from either one of them to seperate themselves… I beleive Hoyer has a safe Alex Smith like appeal to his game, while JF has a young Aaron Rodgers ( while still behind Favre ) appeal to his

  • Aric Brown

    You could be on to something there…regardless I miss the early Ryan Clark years where people were scared to come across the middle

  • JohnB

    Did you just compare JM to Aaron Rodgers when the dude hasn’t even played a meaningful snap?!?!?!..a Tebow comparison would’ve been better..but fine, i’ll be more specific with my statement…Hoyer is the better option.

  • Aric Brown

    Did you ever watch Rodgers play in the preseason and cleanup duty in his early years? He was pretty fun to watch a lot like people envision JF being… and I compared him to Aaron Rodgers before Aaron Rodgers played a meaningful snap

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/JohnnyLoose Johnny Loose

    Manziel will be in by 3rd quarter after Hoyer is re-injured.

  • BFB

    Remember when Eli and Phillip Rivers were getting all of the press ahead of Ben? Ben turned out to be the real deal. Rivers is a choke artist and inconsistent. Eli has lost self confidence and just as much a choke artist.
    My point you ask? Blake Bortles will make everyone forget Manziel within three years. Keep your eye on him and the Jags and watch the sideshow develop in Cleveland in the meantime.

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