Berea, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Cleveland Browns plan to pick their starting quarterback between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel Tuesday, a day after the team’s second preseason game.
“Something unforeseen could come up, but we’re hopeful,” coach Mike Pettine said. “I want to see if I can cut the quarterback questions down by about 90 percent. The chemistry, the continuity, I think that’s important to establish that.”
After announcing that Hoyer would start against the Washington Redskins Monday night, Pettine had Manziel with the first team in practice as he continues to rotate players.
Pettine said “all options are still on the table” when it comes to choosing a starter for the season opener Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh.
“We feel like we’re in a good position,” Pettine said. “We have two quarterbacks that we feel have NFL starter ability. That’s why it will be a difficult decision.”
Pettine said he will go by feel and not a defined expectation when it comes to having the two split reps with the starters Monday night.
“If the first drive is a long one, there’s a chance we could go ahead and make the switch,” he said. “I don’t want to back myself into any commitment. The goal is, as I’ve stated, is that at the end of the half we want to have the reps close to equal.”
To win the starting job, Pettine said Manziel just need to go out and play. “He just needs to go out and play. That’s the bottom line,” Pettine said of Manziel.