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Browns Name Brian Hoyer Starter over Manziel

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:00:00 +0000

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Cleveland Browns announced that Brian Hoyer will be the starting quarterback entering the 2014 season on Wednesday.

Hoyer and Johnny Manziel were in a quarterback competition all camp and preseason, but Hoyer's veteran experience is what put him over the top.

"He was the clear leader from the beginning," Browns head coach Mike Pettine said 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."

The announcement comes after the No. 22 pick in this year's draft gave the middle finger to fans during their Monday night game against Washington.

"I think Brian's been very poised," Pettine said Wednesday. "I think he's handled the situation well. He's had a lot of things going on."

"I think it's especially good, as an offensive unit, to go out and play and gain cohesion and chemistry. That was one of the reasons I wanted to go ahead and make the decision before this third preseason game so that [Hoyer and the rest of the starting offense[ could play as a unit for a good chunk of it," Pettine continued.

Hoyer has only four starts in his career and completed 2-of-6 passes for 16 yards on Monday night.

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