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Browns Pick Hoyer Over Manziel as Starting QB

August 20, 2014

By Tom Withers, The Associated Press

Brian Hoyer gets the Browns' starting quarterback job over rookie hotshot Johnny Manziel. (AP)
Brian Hoyer gets the Browns' starting quarterback job over rookie hotshot Johnny Manziel. (AP)

BEREA, Ohio - Browns coach Mike Pettine has picked Brian Hoyer as starter over hotshot rookie Johnny Manziel.

Pettine met with his coaching staff Tuesday night and announced in a release Wednesday before 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 said 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.

Original headline: Browns choose QB Brian Hoyer over rookie Johnny Manziel to start opener against Steelers



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