Today, Cleveland Browns head coach, Mike Pettine spoke with Vic Carucci and Nathan Zegura, of Cleveland Browns Daily Radio Show to discuss the upcoming team mini camp.
The former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator’s plan are simple: “…coach them hard and set high standards.” He also said that its hard to have high standards, but you have to “show them what it looks like.” Pettine also plans to be persistent and relentless in his coaching as the players are in their performance on the turf. The first time head coach believes that the habits in the Fall will have been developed in the Spring whether you are a player. coach, or staff member.
It seems as though he has a good sense of direction on where this team is headed. Not only does he know, but he has a plan.
Earlier today, it was reported by The Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter that, Pettine “hopes to avoid starting a rookie qb right away,” Could it be the fact that the Browns have had bad luck when starting rookie QBs such as Brandon Weeden, Tim Couch, Brady Quinn, Charlie Frye, just to name a few. Even if the Browns draft Manziel, Bridgewater, Bortles, or Carr, it seems that Pettine would be more comfortable with starting the likes of Brian Hoyer or maybe even Vince Young. I said maybe.
If the Browns select, lets say they select Blake Bortles fourth overall draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Brian Hoyer would have his work cut out for him, especially after coming off of an injury. Hoyer who wants the QB position badly is going to really have to compete for the top spot on the team. Hoyer has the talent to get the starting position, but if you’re Mike Pettine, it really wont be easy to just hand Hoyer the torch to carry the Browns through the very dark tunnel. At the same time, Pettine seems to be a bit reluctant on starting a rookie.
Hoyer has been relentless in his protest to become the starter. According to Cabot, Pettine recalled that Hoyer begged him to “jump in there on the team stuff.” She also reported that he should be a “full go” by training camp. Not only is Hoyer relentless, but Pettine has also said that the St. Ignatius graduate is “…ahead of schedule.”
It is amazing that about 6 months after coming from ACL surgery, Hoyer is out there doing drills and in mini-camp, just as he was yesterday.
Foxnews,com reported that Hoyer had “moved well” during the first 30 minutes of of practice. Nathan Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal also praised Hoyer stating that he looked “sharp” in mini camp today despite having a knee injury.
Things seem to be looking up for Hoyer, but he must not forget that with the draft coming up, he may have Bortles, Bridgewater, Carr or Manziel on his heels. The Browns already brought in former Tennessee Titan and Green Bay Packer, Vince Young to practice in mini camp as well as former Buffalo Bills quarterback. Tyler Thigpen.
It will be exciting to see what unfolds in the coming months with this Cleveland Browns team.