Hometown boy: Cleveland Browns name Brian Hoyer starting quarterback

The Cleveland Browns have ended the suspense, naming hometown boy Brian Hoyer as the team's starting quarterback. 
That's according to a report by Vic Carucci, who writes for the Browns.
“He was the clear leader from the beginning,” head coach Mike Pettine said. 
The decision, which he announced Wednesday morning, does reflect poorly on rookie Johnny Manziel's play.
"We are pleased with where he is, and he has shown that he has come a long way in his ability to pick up the playbook, be coachable and lead an offense," Pettine said. "We are confident that Johnny is going to have a great future, but we just felt that Brian still had a decided edge on him.”

Pettine said he thinks the decision to start the St. Ignatius grad will give the Browns offense more time to build up their chemistry.

Hoyer, who was born in Lakewood, became the starting quarterback last season and led the Browns to two wins before he was knocked out for the year with a torn ACL on a hit against the Buffalo Bills.

His new head coach was Buffalo's defensive coordinator last year and after the injury, Pettine sent Hoyer a card wishing the QB well.

New England signed Hoyer right after the 2009 draft and he was back-up for Tom Brady until August 31, 2012 when the Patriots cut him. Brady has praised Hoyer in the past and Hoyer's current All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas says the Browns QB is "a lot like Tom Brady." 

He bounced around to the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers before coming home to Cleveland. 

Now, he'll be the man under center when the Browns go to Heinz Field to face the Steelers on the road, September 7.

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