"This is my team," Hoyer said, minutes after Sunday's game in which he was yanked for Manziel. "I've always felt that way."
Hoyer's feelings aside, the move to Manziel with 12 minutes left in a game where the Browns were at the time down 20-3 seems to indicate that the Browns in fact aren't his team. Coach Mike Pettine made the move to shake up a Cleveland team that is in real danger of missing the playoffs after such a strong start ... and he apparently didn't notify Hoyer in advance that such a move was on the table.
"Obviously you never want to see someone else doing your job," Hoyer said. "It was a coach's decision."
Hoyer helped the coach's decision with his play. Over the last three games, he's thrown just one touchdown and six interceptions, and the Browns have gone 1-2 over that period, the one win being a last-second victory over Atlanta that was more the fault of the Falcons than a credit to the Browns.
So what's next? Hoyer plans to stay the course. "I'm never going to just hang my head and feel sorry for myself," he said. "We have four games left and whatever coach decides to do, I'll be here to support this team and obviously I feel like this is my team and this is my job so we'll see what happens moving forward."
Pettine has said that he will be making the decision on a starter by Wednesday.
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