NFL Training Camp starts soon, and every position has an interesting storyline for the Cleveland Browns. But no competition on the Browns (or even in the entire NFL for that matter) is being watched as closely as Brian Hoyer vs. Johnny Manziel.
It’s a classic dilemma: do you go with the grizzled veteran or the potential rookie superstar?
Hoyer is a safe choice – he will not singlehandedly lose games for Cleveland, he understands how the NFL works, and he will do well. But just well. Even the most optimistic Hoyer supporters do not expect Hoyer to throw 35 touchdowns and rush for 10 more. Hoyer is a game manager, a signal caller…an Alex Smith. On a great team, that might be all you need to win in the NFL. But the Browns’ don’t yet have a great team. Brian Hoyer is the way to go 8-8.
Manziel on the other hand is a crapshoot. If he were named the starting quarterback, I have no doubt that he would both singlehandedly win games and singlehandedly lose them. He could account, by himself, for 50 touchdowns easily. But he could also throw 35 interceptions, 10 fumbles, and get injured in the first game of the season. Manziel is a wild card. If the Browns name him the starter, they could either go 11-5 or 2-14.
So now the big question – which would you take? A solid season that will see Cleveland just miss the playoffs? Or a 50/50 chance of either winning the AFC North or being the worst team in the NFL?
I don’t know about you, but I’ll take the latter any day. We’ll see what the Browns’ brass decide, but Brian Hoyer should be a little nervous.