The Browns may have named Brian Hoyer the team's starter for the season-opener. But it doesn't completely close the book on Johnny Manziel in 2014.
Browns coach Mike Pettine left the door open for Manziel to potentially earn some reps during the season, even with Hoyer starting.
“And people have asked me about potentially a two-quarterback system and having a package for [Manziel]. That is on the table,” Pettine said on SiriusXM radio. “I don't know if that's anything that we want to commit to just now, 'cause I think Brian, because of the competition, is a little behind, with the chemistry and continuity in working with that first group. I think that is something that we can potentially look at down the road.”
This comment comes after recently saying a two quarterback system was not on the table.
It's not like either quarterback fared well in this past Monday's preseason game. Both Hoyer and Manziel struggled with consistency during the times they were on the field.
The one Browns quarterback that did show a pulse was Connor Shaw, who went 8-9 for 143 yards and a touchdown, although the passing score came on a Hail Mary at the end of the game. That performance caused Shaw's former coach, Steve Spurrier at South Carolina, to suggest that the Browns give his guy a shot.
“It always amazes me, for some reason they just don’t assume that he is really a top quarterback and he is,” Spurrier said, via The Greenville News. “I mean, look at his statistics. He’s a winner. He makes plays. I wish they would put him in the hunt for the starting job.”
Hey, if the ole ball coach says so, why not, right?
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