Manziel looked like a rookie during the Browns’ opener against Detroit last Saturday, while Hoyer was probably a Miles Austin catch away from being the clear front-runner for the starting job.
The veteran, whose only started four career games, still gives the Browns the best chance to win right now. That may not be the case a month after the season starts, but Hoyer won two games last year with virtually no running attack. That should count for something.
The schedule is the most logical reason Hoyer should open the season as the starter. The Browns open on the road at Pittsburgh, before hosting New Orleans and Baltimore.
That lineup is a tall order for any quarterback, let alone a rookie. That’s why coach Mike Pettine should let Hoyer have the first crack at the job, and if the Cleveland native falters, he can be inserted as the starter following the week four bye. The move will be looked at as a breath of fresh air, while bringing new energy onto the field, and into the locker room.