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.