Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine announced today that he had chosen Brian Hoyer to lead the Browns offense for the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers ahead of Johnny Manziel.
Manziel had obviously not done enough in the pre-season games that he had played in to convince Pettine that he should be the starter fresh off of his Heisman winning college career at Texas A&M.
The move to make Hoyer the starter was a pretty expected one, but the truth of the matter is that it really shouldn't have been. As Mary Kay Cabot, Browns correspondent for Fox Sports and others suggested, Manziel had a massive chance of leading the Browns offense but he threw it all away with his actions.
"Johnny Manziel started losing this job right after the draft when he partied his brains out. Continued losing it right through middle finger" she tweeted out after the news had been revealed before adding:
"Job was there for the taking for Johnny Manziel. He competed against a guy coming off an ACL who's started 4 games and in a new offense."
What Cabot says actually makes sense. Johnny Manziel has never had to study a playbook before - A&M didn't have one - and when pretty much every other QB would be studying hard he was off out to Texas, Vegas, LA and the like for the whole weekend partying.
Hoyer spent his time off at the Browns facility rehabbing in his own time, compared to Johnny Football who was drunk on an inflatable swan.
The Browns QB battle isn't over, but at the moment there is only one man that Mike Pettine trusts to lead his football team, and it isn't the one flashing cash signs and middle fingers.